Doggy Day Care vs Routine Dog Walking

At Eastside Dog Walking, we think that the first question to ask yourself is if you really need doggy daycare. We are increasingly seeing clients who have become “priced out” of dog daycare due to a litany of factors including increasing costs, lack of staffing, decreased patronization of local businesses, and increased rent costs for dog daycare providers in Redmond, WA (and surrounding areas).

These factors can make it increasingly hard to find professionals on the eastside who can exercise and care for your dog.

As a dog walking expert and owner of Eastside Dog Walking, I understand the importance of ensuring that your furry friend is well taken care of while you’re away. While dog daycare may seem like the ideal solution, it may not always be necessary for your pup. This article will explore the pros and cons of dog daycare and why scheduling half-hour or hour-long walks with Eastside Dog Walking could be a better option for you and your pup.

What about dog kenneling near me?

Dog kenneling, also known as dog boarding, is a service that provides temporary care for dogs while their owners are away. While kenneling may seem like a convenient option, it may not always be the best choice for your dog.

While dog kenneling may seem like a convenient option for temporary care of your dog, it comes with a few downsides. Dogs can experience stress and anxiety in an unfamiliar environment and may not receive enough exercise or mental stimulation during their stay. Additionally, kennels can expose dogs to illnesses and diseases. In contrast, dog walking provides personalized care and attention, regular exercise, and exposure to fresh air and sunlight, reducing stress and promoting overall health. Dog walking is also generally more cost-effective than kenneling. So, if you want to ensure your furry friend is happy and healthy while you’re away, consider hiring a dog walking service, like Eastside Dog Walking.

Do you need dog daycare, or just structured exercise?

While dog daycare may seem like a great idea for socializing and tiring out your pup, it may not be necessary for all dogs. Many of the clients we see are simply not able to meet the exercise needs of their dogs (for many reasons) and this can cause a litany of unwanted behaviors.
Dogs are naturally active and need regular exercise to maintain good health, both physically and mentally.
At Eastside Dog Walking, we provide your dog with the daily, bi-weekly and tri-weekly exercise they need to stay healthy and happy.

Could you be saving money with walks instead of dog day care?

Some of our clients found us after seeing dog day care rates increase past $50 per day for dog daycare! They switch to tri-weekly walks, and they’re saving over $500 a month. We will work with you to find an exercise schedule that leaves your pup tired, and your wallet full.

Are you comfortable exposing your dog to potential health risks at dog day care?

Dog daycare can be an environment where illnesses can easily spread among dogs. With numerous dogs coming in and out of the facility, it’s not uncommon for illnesses such as kennel cough or other communicable diseases that spread via feces like giardia, a parasites which can infect dogs. By scheduling walks with Eastside Dog Walking, your dog can still get the exercise they need without being exposed to these potential health risks.

Do you want your dog to receive individualized attention?

Dog daycare can be hectic and loud, with numerous dogs vying for attention. At Eastside Dog Walking, we provide individualized attention to each dog on our walks. This means that your dog can receive the one-on-one attention they need to feel loved and cared for while getting their daily exercise.

Do you want your dog to have a consistent routine?

Dogs thrive on routine, and regular exercise is an essential part of that routine. By scheduling regular walks with Eastside Dog Walking, your dog can have a consistent routine that provides them with the structure they need. This consistency can help reduce anxiety and stress, as your dog knows what to expect each day. Quite often we see under exercised dogs who’s owners complain of them getting early morning zoomies, running in circles or barking excessively, all of these behaviors can be addressed with routine exercise (unless there are more underlying behavioral problems, in which case dog daycare is really not recommended).

Do you want your dog to have a peaceful and stress-free environment?

Dog daycare can be a chaotic environment, with numerous dogs barking and playing. This environment can be stressful for some dogs, especially those who are more reserved or shy. At Eastside Dog Walking, we provide a peaceful and stress-free environment for your dog to exercise. This environment can help reduce anxiety and stress in dogs, providing them with a more relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Are you prepared for unexpected pregnancies or attacks from other dogs?

While dog daycares will do their best to ensure a safe environment, accidents still happen. My aunt was ensured that every dog was neutered in her dog daycare, and yet, her purebred collie was impregnated by a dog who’s testes were hidden (he snuck past inspection!). This can create a series of problems, as many people who purchase dogs from breeders can be contractually obligated to raise their litter.

Another challenge in dog daycare is preventing surprise dog attacks. While you are working with experts, bad behavior can still manifest after initial intake. Be sure to ask what course of action will be taken if your dog is injured, and who would be responsible for vet bills.

While dog daycare may seem like a great option: it may not be necessary for all dogs. At Eastside Dog Walking, we offer structured exercise programs that can provide your dog with the daily exercise they need without exposing them to potential health risks or a chaotic environment. So, if you’re looking for a healthier and more individualized solution for your dog, consider scheduling half-hour or hour-long walks with us. Your pup will thank you for it!

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