For many dog owners, leaving their furry companions alone at home can be a source of stress and guilt.
Dogs, being social animals, often experience separation anxiety when left alone for extended periods. This condition can manifest in various ways, from incessant barking and destructive behaviour to depression and withdrawal. Fortunately, there’s a solution that not only addresses separation anxiety but also provides enrichment and socialization for your beloved pet that’s right you guessed it…. dog day care.
Separation anxiety is a common behavioural issue among dogs, particularly those who are highly attached to their owners and especially noticeable in lock down dogs. It typically occurs when a dog becomes distressed or anxious upon being separated from their human family members. Dogs with separation anxiety may exhibit behaviours such as whining, pacing, panting, excessive drooling, and destructive chewing. This condition not only affects the well-being of the dog but can also lead to damage to property and strained relationships with neighbours.
The Benefits of sending you dog to Rose Cottage Dog Day care is we offer a structured environment where dogs can socialize, exercise, and engage in stimulating activities under the supervision of trained professionals. Here are some ways in which dog day care can help alleviate separation anxiety:
Socialization: Dogs are pack animals by nature and thrive in the company of their own kind. Here at RC HQ we provide ample opportunities for dogs to interact with other dogs in a safe and controlled setting. This socialization not only helps alleviate feelings of loneliness but also teaches dogs proper social skills and manners.
Physical and Mental Stimulation: Many cases of separation anxiety stem from boredom and lack of mental stimulation. Here at Rose Cottage our facilities offer a range of activities, including group play sessions, agility courses, and puzzle games, to keep dogs mentally and physically engaged throughout the day. By keeping their minds and bodies active, dogs are less likely to fixate on their owners’ absence. It is however a journey and owners have to be aware we cannot fix this with one session alone.
Professional Supervision: Trained staff members oversee all activities at Rose Cottage dog day care, ensuring the safety and well-being of all canine guests. In the event of any behavioural issues or signs of distress, staff members are equipped to intervene and provide appropriate support. This constant supervision gives pet owners peace of mind knowing that their dogs are in good hands while they’re away. We really do love your dog as you do!
Routine and Structure: Dogs thrive on routine and predictability. Dog day care provides a structured daily schedule that includes meal times, play sessions, rest periods, and bathroom breaks. This consistency helps reduce anxiety by giving dogs a sense of security and stability in their daily routine. We form packs for regular day care dogs which helps them with separation anxiety as they have formed new bonds with like minded canines.
Gradual Desensitization: For dogs with severe separation anxiety, gradual desensitization to being alone is often necessary. Dog day care can be a valuable tool in this process, allowing dogs to practice being apart from their owners in a controlled and supportive environment. Over time, regular exposure to periods of separation can help desensitize dogs and reduce their anxiety levels. We always give honest feedback as to what we feel may suit your dogs best based on our knowledge and experience therefore it could mean we suggest three days a week if you have a younger high energy dog perhaps.
Separation anxiety can be a challenging issue for both dogs and their owners, but it’s not insurmountable. By enrolling your dog in a our 5 star dog day care program, you can provide them with the socialization, stimulation, and support they need to overcome their anxiety and thrive in your absence. Remember, a happy and well-adjusted dog is a testament to the love and care they receive from their devoted owners.
Can you afford not to send them to Dog day care knowing how it can massively impact your canine companion? Check out our reviews and send us a message to find out how we can help you.