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Morkie resting, Toy Poodle playing at Dogtopia MississaugaDog daycares and dog walkers, what do you know about them? Let’s talk about the pros and cons of it.

Bringing my dog to daycare will replace their walk, right?

No, it won’t. Daycares are the indoor version of off-leash dog parks, where they can run around and be exactly what they are: a dog.

While you supervise your dog in a dog park, daycares like Dogtopia Mississauga also have attendants to ensure that they aren’t doing anything that’ll worry you while you’re at work, at an appointment or enjoying your day off.

If you have a high-energy dog with lots of mental stimulation needs, but don’t have the time to take them out, you can drop your dog off at daycares like Dogtopia Mississauga to help them fulfill their physical and mental requirements, while socializing with other dogs.

Dogs with this kind of energy can be destructive because they’re bored and home alone. You might come home to chewed up furniture. Yikes!

The half-day and full-day price of daycare is relatively cheaper than the rate usually offered by dog walking companies that charge by the hour. This doesn’t mean that a day at daycare will replace the walk, where you can practice leash walking with your dog and also give you two a chance to bond.

Note: Depending on your dog’s needs and personality, daycare should be used 1-5 times a week; however, some dogs don’t do well with daily daycare. Utilizing dog walking and daycare in your dog’s life can help him be balanced and happy!

Dog leashes and collarsBut how do I choose a dog walker?

By hiring a dog walker, you would have to consider the following:

  • Access to your home:  Dog walkers come when you’re not home, which means you’re providing them the key to your home so your dog could get walked. Do you trust a stranger to come into your home and take your best friend out?
  • Experience:  How much experience do they have with dogs? If your dog has a health issue, has the walker ever had experience with it? What do they do?
  • Attitude:  How does the walker act around dogs? Are they assertive pack leaders or does he or she let the dogs lead the walk? How they cope with multiple dogs?
  • Pack leader mentality:  If they walk multiple dogs at a time, how do they control the dogs to make sure none of them lash out at each other?
  • Cost:  How much do they charge and for how long? 
  • Putting your dog first:  How will they make sure your dog has a good walk? Will your dog feel like another appointment or will they get the tender love and care they deserve?

The best way to find a good dog walker is through word of mouth, whether through friends and family or facilities like Dogtopia Mississauga where lots of pet parents come. Make sure you do your homework and ask for references!