When i first began working with animals for a shop in Scottsdale, one of the first things i recognized was that most of the dogs sat in cages for hours before anyone acknowledged them. I knew, when I started Lori's Grooming, that I would not use cages and would instead, dedicate individual attention to each animal. When your pet is brought into a new environment, he/she can often become anxious and scared. If they are then put into a cage for a long period of time, their anxiety increases and can make for an unpleasant experience. My goal has been to take something that can be stressful for dogs, and make it as pleasant and as comfortable as possible. Aside from needing human interaction, doggies much prefer to be in an open environment where they can roam freely and choose a spot where they feel safe, as opposed to being put into a confined space where there is no interaction with people or other dogs. Even if your dog prefers to be alone, I have found that being able to give them a more natural environment to sniff around and find a comfy space of their own tends to make for a happy puppy :-)
I am asked often about why someone should/would bring their dog to daycare so I wanted to share this article from ASPCA. It speaks to the benefits of daycare for dogs as well as which dogs are the best candidates for daycare:
Dog daycare providers can help you meet your dog’s needs for attention, activity and supervision. They provide a great antidote for bored, lonely or high-energy dogs with busy guardians who work away from home all day and don’t want to leave their dogs alone. Daycare isn’t for everybody—or every dog—but if yours enjoys playing and socializing with other dogs and the cost is appropriate for your budget, it can be a great option for your home-alone pal.
Daycare for dogs works similarly to daycare for children. You drop off your dog in the morning, and she gets to play, socialize, snack and nap while you’re off working. Then you pick her up at the end of the workday. Instead of your dog greeting you workday with loads of pent-up energy, she’ll be pleasantly tired and ready to relax with you all evening.
Most daycares offer half-day or full-day options and everything from daily and weekly to occasional care. Dog daycare is offered at facilities that are specifically designed as daycares as well as at traditional boarding kennels. Most are open 12 hours a day (from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. ), Monday through Friday. Some businesses also offer training, grooming services, dog pickup and delivery, and even transport to veterinary appointments.
You could think of most dogs today as “unemployed.” Dogs have been traditionally bred for jobs—typically in hunting, livestock herding, protection or guarding. But their main job today is Couch Potato! Unfortunately, boredom and excess energy are two common reasons for behavior problems in pet dogs.
The main benefits daycares can provide are:
Good candidates for daycare are healthy, spayed or neutered and well-socialized dogs who really enjoy other dogs and seek interaction with them at every opportunity. Young dogs often adjust to the daycare environment better than older ones. If your dog is a regular at dog parks, and she plays a lot and enjoys herself there, then daycares are probably ideal for her.
However, some dogs do better sleeping at home alone than spending the day in the company of other dogs. If your dog has ever bitten another dog; is regularly aggressive toward other dogs (snarling, growling or snapping); is fearful, tense or anxious; or tends to avoid or just tolerate other dogs, then daycare is probably not right for her. Hiring a dog walker, asking friends or neighbors to visit your dog in the middle of the day, coming home at lunch, or taking your dog to a boarding kennel may be better options for you.
Other unsuitable candidates for daycare include:
So, you and your family are about to go out of town and you need to find a place that can take care of your loved one but also a place that is not going to cost more than your own hotel room? Well, that can be tough especially in Scottsdale, AZ but there are some options! Granted, I’m slightly biased as to what you should look for being one of the owners of Lori’s Grooming; however, I also can admit that our boarding options aren’t for all dogs. One of the most important things to consider is how you are able to mitigate your dog’s anxiety since they will already be anxious when you are out of town.
Here are some things to think about before you land on a dog boarding facility:
1. Is your dog well socialized and gets along with other dogs in an open play area?
2. Would your dog prefer to be alone most, if not all of the time?
3. Does your dog need a lot of human interaction?
4. Does your dog have a lot of energy?
5. Is it important for you to have someone supervising your dog even at night?
Answering the above questions will help to narrow your choices in boarding facilities, here is how. If your dog needs to be active then you can cross off any kennel type facility, he/she needs space to run. If your dog doesn’t get along with other dogs then you aren’t going to choose a place that has the dogs out playing the entire time. Finally, if you are concerned about something happening to your dog then you are going to want to choose a boarding facility that will be supervised 24/7 (very few do this actually).
Since you are on our website let me give you a little information on our boarding options. We are 100% CAGE-FREE which also means that we supervise the dogs 24/7. To help alleviate any concerns you have about your loved ones while you are away we have free video monitoring streaming for you to check on them at any time. During the day, your dog is socialized with other dogs, running, playing and jumping while getting individual attention with from one of our highly trained staff members. In the evening, when it is time for bed, most dogs fall right to sleep after a fun filled day and we will have someone making sure they are safe and sound during that time. We don’t charge you for a bunch of things that should be included like video monitoring, a dog bed or snuggling with your dog – these should be expectations from your dog boarding facility - $35 for one dog or $50 for two is our price and that’s all inclusive!
Go enjoy your trip and know your dog is having the time of his life during his Scottsdale, AZ Staycation!