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Lockdown: five reasons your dog can’t wait to return to day care

Covid-19 has brought a challenging few months for everyone; dogs included. Which is why, as we all welcome a return to some sort of normality, our dogs are craving their old routines too. Here’s why…

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1. Socialisation

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1. Socialisation

Naturally, dogs are sociable animals. In the wild they travel in packs for that very reason. In the modern domestic home, while they love their human families to bits, they also enjoy mixing with their own kind.

Coming to day care is therefore not always out of necessity, for example because their owners are out all day at work. It’s also because of the fun they have frolicking with their four-legged friends and in turn learning new and important doggy social skills.

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2. Separation anxiety

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2. Separation anxiety

Having had their human family home for the past few months, if your dog is suddenly left alone for even a few minutes, they can experience separation anxiety. They don’t understand lockdown has lifted.

While you can take steps to reduce this through a careful and tailored plan, if you know you’re going to be out and about on certain days of the week, sending them to doggy day care will ease their stress – and yours.

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3. Fitness

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3. Fitness

Some dogs are born couch potatoes! Given the chance they will laze about all day. This is not good for their physical or mental health and can lead to canine obesity – an all too common and growing issue. A day outdoors with their doggy friends will ensure a fit and healthy hound which means happy humans too.

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4. Bad hair

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4. Bad hair

During lockdown we have all missed our hairdressers. Humans and hounds alike. Not being able to visit has led to seriously bad hair days. And well-meaning attempts to tidy errant locks have often proved even worse. So a much-needed doggy day care grooming session is called for now more than ever!

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5. Photobombing fatigue

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5. Photobombing fatigue

At first, you and your work colleagues found your dog photobombing your video conferencing calls hilarious. But then the novelty wore off.

As many dog owners now find working from home is their new normal, sending their dog to day care a few times a week could be just the therapy everyone needs. Sheer relief when you can be reassured that your next all-important Zoom team meeting will be Fido-free!

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