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Enrichment Play Day Care

Enrichment Play Daycare

 

What is Enrichment Play Daycare and why have we chosen this for our facility

We have been part of the International Boarding & Pet Service Association for many years and have seen Daycare become something that dog owners really wanted for their dogs.  Owners wanted their pets to get out of the house while they were working all day, get them some much needed exercise and to have them socialize with other dogs.

As a behaviorist, working with many owners and their dogs, I have never been fond of the play all day model.  It sounds wonderful.  Nothing to do but run around, play with buddies and get tired. Owners loved this concept and felt as a dog parent that this was beneficial for their pups.

Some pet parents found their dogs did well in this environment. It did have some benefits. It helped with boredom, got much needed exercise to pets that may not have received it. Dogs went home super tired.

Adult dogs require 12 – 14 hours of sleep per day.  Puppies 18 – 20 hours.  Dogs are sprinters, not long distance runners.  This means they require rest times in between their bursts of play.  In large groups, dogs are pushed to play by their buddies with no rest times.

In the past 5 or so years,  Dog behaviorists found that the play all day model was not the best model for a dog’s health and well being. Most play all day groups have anywhere from 25 – 40 dogs in one group.  Some had upwards of 60 or more. With that many dogs, it is very stressful and many dogs do not show stress, it is just internalized which can come out in other ways.  Many dogs regressed in their obedience training and house breaking.  Some dogs did not like having no personal space all day.  Some dogs pushed others to play and play and play, until dogs became over tired, grumpy and started to snap (or cause fights). There is always risk of injury when dogs are playing, but when dogs are tired, the injury risks are significantly raised. There were other things noticed as well.

So, the members of the IBPSA, created a model that is a step above. I was very intrigued about this model and studied it.

This model incorporates activities throughout the day to mentally stimulate dogs.  Play is still part of the day but so is some basic obedience and rest times.  Dogs use their senses more with doing nose work as well as have new experiences.  They learned boundaries and how to figure things out.

In this model, there are less dogs in each group, in some case significantly less. With less dogs, there is less stress. Dogs are put together with other dogs of similar capabilities and play styles as well as learning styles. Smaller groups allow for shy dogs to step out of their shell.  It allows for dogs to calm down and not always be on.

Of course, with less dogs, means that each dog gets more individualized attention with the Enrichment Play Counselor.

So, what about burning off energy.  Well, this model actually burns off more energy and does it in a healthier way.  Remember that dogs are sprinters.  By playing, resting, then doing mental activities in between dogs are not being pushed over the edge.  We all need down time to heal in between work (mentally and physically).  Even at work we have rest breaks as well as lunch breaks.

It was found in this model, that dogs who were mentally stimulated throughout the day in short bursts, became more confident, happier and tired in a good way.  As a human, when I have done a mentally stimulating project and completed it, I was tired mentally, but it was a good tired and for me, that tired was better with a sense of accomplishment.  It is the same for most dogs.  Dogs who are mentally stimulated, then praised for a job well done, makes for a happier more confident dog.

At the Animal Care Center of NH, our facility is a step above (if you have not seen our facility, it is beautiful).

We naturally, wanted to offer a daycare experience that was a step above as well.  We have created and structured our Enrichment Play Daycare Program to be just that.

First, we have been mentoring with experts in this field.  We have our staff trained in this program, including learning body language and how to mentally and physically read each dog. We have been researching different exciting programs.

Our Enrichment Play activities include many structured activities with equipment, nose work, obedience work, play times, rest times, snuggle-times, treat times, parties, lots of surprises and so much more. We are working with other facilities who are a step above and learning from them what is working.  So our programs will be changing and evolving all the time.

Our smaller groups will allow for higher quality play.  This also allows our Counselors to focus in on each dog, get to know them, see how they learn and then create ways to make the day successful for them.

We already have clients who have taken advantage of our Program and we hope you will as well. With just a few session days, we have heard these owners saw a positive difference in their dogs.  This may not happen with all dogs but dogs do seem happier and more confident, yet relaxed.

We only have a limited number of openings because we will be taking less dogs for our Enrichment Play Programs and we will fill up soon, so we advise signing up as soon as possible. All of the other facilities that we are learning from are full, with long wait lists.

This program works best when dogs are coming regularly every day Monday – Friday, but can work with less.   Minimally, we would suggest 3 days a week, if possible.

If you want to go a step above for your dog’s well being and give them the most for their mind, body and soul, contact us to register and start your beloved pet with the best there is –

Enrichment Play Daycare Programs

at the Animal Care Center of NH

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