Top 10 Reasons To Put Your Dog In Doggie Daycare

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

It’s the “in” thing to do right now. People are putting their dogs in doggie daycare and loving it. It may seem unnecessary to some, but us dog people know that doggie daycare has a multitude of advantages. If you’re still convinced about the benefits of doggie daycare, we want to convince you to our top 10 reasons to give it a go!

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You dog may get lonely at home all by himself. You’ll soon realize this if you notice that your dog is being destructive and chewing on things he shouldn’t be. Some dogs don’t like this alone time and need the company of other dogs. In doggie daycare, you dog gets all the attention and playtime with other dogs that he needs. (Photo credit: Adan Garcia)

You don’t have to rush home from work to let him out. Some days you have to work late – it happens. And you worry that your dog is hungry or really has to pee. When your dog is spending the day at doggie daycare, it’s one less thing that you don’t have to worry about. (Photo credit: Nagel Photography/Shutterstock)

There aren’t any strangers coming into your home. You may not like the idea of a stranger coming into your home to walk your dog. With doggie daycare, you bring your dog to them at their facilities. (Photo credit: Kazlouski Siarhei/Shutterstock)

It’s not as expensive as you may think. This has to be one of the main reasons why people avoid doggie daycare. But shop around. Some facilities have discounted rates if you buy a package. Or you may not want to leave your dog there every day – just a few times a week. That cuts down on the costs as well. (Photo credit: Ewa Studio/Shutterstock)

It’s a spa day! Many doggie daycares will groom your dog for you. So not only will your dog have a great time playing, he’ll also come back to you looking like a million bucks. (Photo credit: Ricky Brigante)

Doggie daycare will tire your dog out. All that running around and playing is wonderful exercise for your dog. By the time you bring him home, he’ll be ready to curl up at your feet and enjoy a relaxing evening watching TV. (Photo credit: Quicksnap Photo/Shutterstock)

It’s great for socialization. To learn how to act with other pooches, your dog needs to be around his own kind. The younger you start with socialization, the better equipped your pup will be when it comes to interacting with strange dogs. (Photo credit: Jacob Feuer)

A change of scenery. Even if your dog is fine with being home alone all day, it’s a good idea to change up his routine every once in a while. It’ll be like a mini vacation for him. (Photo credit: Peter Wadsworth)

He can make new friends. If there’s a dog that your pooch likes to be around – like a BFF – it will be a chance to set up a doggie playdate outside of daycare. You can meet up on weekends for walks or at the dog park. And it’s a wonderful way for you to meet new dog people. (Photo credit: Eric Isselee/Shutterstock)

Lots and lots of loving attention. The people who run doggie daycares love dogs – that’s why they run this type of business. Your dog will be getting plenty of TLC all day long – and who doesn’t appreciate a belly rub in the middle of the day? (Photo credit: bullcitydogs)

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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