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sorry im going to make a few enemies here but why have a dog if it has to go in to day care !!! i feel the same about babies why have them if you have to have a stranger take care of them sorry its not right janice x
 

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All depends on the definition of 'day care' could be 8 hrs in a crate for all you know!
My thoughts too. The trainers I use do day care and charge £22 per day, but the dogs have almost constant activities and play, with a little time for snoozing of course. I haven't used it but people who have say their dogs come home happy but sooo tired.

If it's the kind of "day-care" where they're just kennelled all day then surely they'd be better off at home.

But then again it's just possible you've found a complete bargain...
 

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If I lived in a large town or city then a doggy day care activity centre would what I would look to have as a business. Like everything if it's done really well then it can enhance the dogs quality of life and just becomes part of their normal routine.
 

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Well the daycare actually seemed very good. I guess the price is cos of where I live. Just a small town. There are heated kennels for resting and large playing fields. Open for 11 hrs 7 days a week. Lots of socialization. I am not working at the moment so don't need full time daycare. Looking to send Milo there once a week for four hours when I need to catch up on my studies. I am doing a part-time postgrad course and have exams coming up. He is well taken care of and right now practically has an umbilical cord attached to me!
 

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sorry im going to make a few enemies here but why have a dog if it has to go in to day care !!! i feel the same about babies why have them if you have to have a stranger take care of them sorry its not right janice x
Janice I can not agree with you this time...otherwise kids ( and dogs) become the privelidge of the rich. Some people can simply not afford to stay at home..many mothers have terrible feelings of guilt about having to work but they have no choice. If you make the right choices for care things can work out well for all parties involved.

Ps: in an ideal world I would agree with you...
 

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Janice I can not agree with you this time...otherwise kids ( and dogs) become the privelidge of the rich. Some people can simply not afford to stay at home..many mothers have terrible feelings of guilt about having to work but they have no choice. If you make the right choices for care things can work out well for all parties involved.

Ps: in an ideal world I would agree with you...
Well said Colin. I couldn't reply earlier as this comment made me so angry.

I live on my own and have two dog walkers i use. Jo (the main dog walker) is a friend who has 4 kids and 2 dogs. Betty LOVES being there as the dogs are her best buddies and the three youngest children (all boys under 11) love Betty. She gets taken for walks, plays in the garden, plays with the kids and comes home exhausted and happy. Jo even text me this morning to sat how excited Betty was to see her when she picked her up and how excited her boys were to see Betty!!

I'd love to be at home but I couldn't afford to, but am lucky to have two fab dog walkers who love Betty and Betty loves going too.

And like you Colin, in an ideal world I'd not need to work and would have more dogs!!!!
 

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You totally edited the first post which had been about your son possibly being allergic to Milo so this thread has me confused as how it ended up being about daycare.

You may know the cockapoo on Preloved as it is in your area and around Milos age and a wee flat coat like him.
 

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I pay £10 for day care at a local kennels. The dogs are not kennelled, they have several exercise fenced field areas and an indoor play area, this means the dogs can be divided up according to temperament. If the kennel owner doesn't know a dog, or is unsure about it, she keeps it separate. There are resting and sleeping areas, Izzy usually gets to sleep on the sofa in the office near her log burner! Izzy went once a week for socialisation until quite recently. The owner chooses appropriate dogs for her to be with. It is brilliant, it is cheap because of where we live. I have used it overnight on some occasions and then the charge is £12. The day hours are 08.00 to 18.00.
 

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Well said Colin. I couldn't reply earlier as this comment made me so angry.

I live on my own and have two dog walkers i use. Jo (the main dog walker) is a friend who has 4 kids and 2 dogs. Betty LOVES being there as the dogs are her best buddies and the three youngest children (all boys under 11) love Betty. She gets taken for walks, plays in the garden, plays with the kids and comes home exhausted and happy. Jo even text me this morning to sat how excited Betty was to see her when she picked her up and how excited her boys were to see Betty!!

I'd love to be at home but I couldn't afford to, but am lucky to have two fab dog walkers who love Betty and Betty loves going too.

And like you Colin, in an ideal world I'd not need to work and would have more dogs!!!!
Thanks, I was pretty cross about it too...some people might think it
is ''just not right'' to make a living out of breeding dogs.
 

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Janice, surely if breeders only sold to families that had a full-time carer at home they wouldn't be able to sell all their pups? Just a thought...
Breeders can never know for sure what kind of life their pups are going to have after they leave them - despite their best efforts. Point in case... I have a
Jandaz Cockapoo that lives in the next road to me that IS home all day on it's own... however it is walked for and 60 mins in the morning, 20 mins at lunchtime and 60 mins in the evening and is perfectly happy.
Just because owners may be at home all day does not NECCESSARILY mean they are GOOD dog owners..I have witnessed this many times.
 
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