When your not able to be there either through work, travel or simply a day out, you can be reassured that your dog is happy and content in our daycare centre. Custom built and designed to provide the best quality care, stimulation, relaxation and supervision for your beloved pooch. Fully superivsed by professional and experienced staff, K9 Cares treats each and every dog as one of their own family.
Very much the Buzz word in the dog care industry at the moment.. so what is it?
Well actually canine enrichment has been around for a number of years, but was bought to the forefront through recent legislation set by DEFRA in October 2018 which daycare centres, home boarders and kennels must adhere to.
Enrichment provides activities tailored towards an individual dogs need as well as a group of dogs in say a daycare setting.
Enrichment can be activities such as playing with toys, (balls, ropes,), exercise and running, Water play, bubble play, Climbing over obstacles, Mental stimulation Puzzle games, or food/treat led actives where a dog has to work for their reward and very often figure a solution by itself and of course not forgetting physical human cuddles and fuss.
Here at K9 Cares we have been providing these environments for our dogs since commencing daycare back in 2011/12. However we are very careful to regulate the levels of 'Enrichment' received in a dogs typical day. Our view is Daycare in itself is very 'enriching' and stimulating on its own, and there is a risk that too much mental and physical stimulation can have a detrimental effect on a dogs welfare and mental health. Some dogs also don't respond well to group enrichment and have to have one to one experiences due to resource guarding issues. This is something all our staff are well trained at recognising and will put in place safety restrictions for the dogs that struggle with group activities.
Ultimately we want all our dogs to have an 'enriching' and stimulating day, but we are careful to regulate this and believe it or not, rest and sleep is part of this day. A dog that is fully engaged and 'wired' all day is not a healthy one and can lead to frustration, anxiety and potential aggressive flare ups.
We ensure that all our dogs have several periods of rest throughout their day at K9 Cares. We have set up our daycare to have the perfect balance of full on play areas, periodic access to toys/ chew bones, but also the freedom for each dog to choose to take itself off and rest up. For those that want to keep going all day, we ensure they have time outs in one of our comfy bed areas for around half hour at a time... this is particularly key for young puppies and adolescent pooches whilst they are still growing and learning behaviours around other dogs.
All our dogs seem to go home well exercised, even tempered and satisfied with their day.