1. Check if it’s qualified!
For legal reasons anyone offering doggy daycare or dog boarding in the UK must be licensed. Unlike Dog walking which is currently unregulated dog daycare is governed by the local council. Being qualified means you have to check out a set of guidelines and processes. This consists of methods and risk assessments for every eventuality whilst your pet is at daycare.
The council also pay spot visits and a short assessment to check the facility is up to standard and that staff are capable and qualified. Using a daycare or boarder that isn’t qualified means their insurance will be invalid should anything happen to your pup whilst in their care. Any Pet Boarding should have their license on display, and At Paws Indoors Southend we are certified by Southend Council and our license takes pride of place in our reception area!
2. Be sure you start to see the venue
That seems as an clear one but with daycare’s and boarders offering a grab service this may mean you don’t reach see where your pet will in actuality spend the day. We give a meet and greet at one in our socials to offer a chance to take a glance round and chat to us personally about your dog. You wouldn’t send your son or daughter to a nursery you had never seen so a daycare for your pup should be the same.
3 Ask Questions
What is the daily routine? what do the dogs do? would you give food to them? where do they sleep? How do you expose new dogs? Are they insured? what’s the staff to dog ratio? Just how In case the owner/operator seems reluctant to do this it should engagement ring alarm bells!
4. Do they have an access criteria?
We only recognize friendly, social dogs that spend at least one day a week with us. This ensures we can create a bond with your pet, that your dog will know about the placing, the daily habit and the other dogs and personnel and because we only have a limited number of dogs we can allow which means this ensures we keep a space available for your dogs.
Any service they just allows dogs for ad hoc days can not ensure they fit together with the other dogs they’ll be with in that time which could be stressful for your dog