Is It Good for My Bulldog To Go To Doggy Daycare?



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Is It Good for My Bulldog To Go To Doggy Daycare?


You bought your first AKC-registered English Bulldog from us, but after a few months, life hit full swing. It’s pushing you in every which way, diverting your time from the newest addition to your family, a bulldog puppy. And perhaps you’re wondering “Is it good for my bulldog to go to doggy daycare?” 

You don’t want to be perceived as a bad adoptive puppy parent, but life just keeps getting in the way. If you’re reading this article it means you’re on the fence about it. And you just don’t know what the right answer is. Well, let’s do some thorough research to learn the pros and cons of doggy daycare. And let you decide for yourself. At the end, we will share some of our thoughts on this subject as full-time bulldog breeders.

Cons of Doggy Day Care

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We’re sure that with your research you are coming up with a host of reasons that doggy daycare may be bad for your puppy. Among topics such as supervision and bad behaviors learned these are the top three that we usually come across: sickness, cost, and overstimulation

Sickness Between Dogs

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The number one reason why dog adopters either withdraw their puppies from doggy daycare or won’t send them to a daycare in the first place is because of illness. Now you might be thinking, that sickness can happen anywhere at any time. And you’re right it absolutely can be. 

However, contagious coughs, fevers, and other viral diseases spread like wildfires in social settings. Perhaps one of the most common and contagious infections in dogs is a respiratory disease called “kennel cough.” According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, this is a “highly contagious illness affecting the respiratory tract in dogs.” 

Cost of Doggy Daycare

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Despite our good faith efforts of wanting our dogs to be social, we have to consider that there is a cost associated with putting our puppies in doggy daycare. Prices fluctuate depending on where you live and how long you need your puppy to stay. But, you’re looking at about $40-50 per day, as an average. 

So, if you needed care throughout the week, you are talking about a couple of hundred dollars at the bare minimum. This is a significant amount to consider forking out every week and seeing if it is doable with your budget. 

Overstimulation Around Other Dogs and People

It seems like more and more this word “overstimulation” is being used more freely in our society. It’s not that it hasn’t been around before. We think it’s just that people are more comfortable talking about it and recognizing the triggers that cause people to shut down.

Well, dogs can easily get overstimulated as well. Their bodies start to get stressed out by too much sensory overload happening from all the commotion that surrounds them in a doggy daycare. And with only a handful of workers for a room full of dogs, your puppy may not get the attention that it deserves. 

Perhaps you haven’t given thought to these three cons. But, now you can consider them and use this as part of your determination for what is right for your bulldog puppy. But, before you make your decision. Let’s look at some of the pros there are to doggy daycare for puppies. 

Benefits of Doggy Day Care

Now that we’ve gotten the cons out of the way, it’s time to see the positive in sending your bulldog puppy to doggy daycare. The three we’ve picked out for today are your puppy’s health, puppy training, and your health. There are of course probably five to ten more benefits we could fork out, but for the purpose of this section, we’re going to just stick with these three. 

Puppy Health Being Surrounded by Other Dogs

According to the NIDirect Government Services, “Puppies that are deprived of opportunities to develop social behavior can become withdrawn, anxious and aggressive as adults dogs.” However, those dogs that interact with other animals have better development and can increase their quality of life. 

Just like humans, dogs are social creatures. Daycare provides a great way for your bulldog to learn to socialize with other dogs. It also helps fight anxiety, encourages exercise, and battles any boredom your dog might otherwise face.

Puppy Training While You’re Not Present

One of the hardest parts of raising a puppy is the need for consistency in training, but with 8-hour workdays, consistent training is often not possible. Especially for things like obedience, commands, and potty training

However, daycare can help create the consistency you need without disrupting your day. Instead of the need to crate your bulldog or rush home during your lunch break to let him or her out, the daycare is right there to let your dog out regularly to go to the bathroom.

Doggy daycare may be one of the best ways for your dog to learn social skills as well. He or she will be able to learn to play nicely with other dogs of all sizes without the risk a dog park might present. 

The addition of a scheduled doggy daycare time will also enable your dog to expand its world of interaction and development. Consistent interactions with other people and dogs are often an experience that adopters cannot fully develop independently.

Your Health In Getting Help With Your Puppy

It might feel silly, but doggy daycare can be as good for you as it is for your English Bulldog. While your bulldog enjoys a change of scenery and some fun, the anxiety and burden of your puppy’s development no longer fully rests solely on your shoulders. 

The National Library of Medicine proves that dogs can help to support your health. There’s just something about having a puppy that can boost your spirits and help your emotional state. But, every now and then we need a break from the energetic puppy that needs to be properly trained in the beginning. 

Many times, when it comes to having a new puppy, we feel as though we are entirely responsible for doing everything ourselves. And while yes you are solely responsible for the puppy, it doesn’t mean that you have to do it alone. It is okay to have help!

Bruiser Bulldog’s Take on Doggy Day Care

While some people may discourage daycare, we believe it helps develop and maintain a healthy English Bulldog. Daycare can provide a world of fun and activities for your young pup and help train them while you work.

We understand the cons that can go along with doggy daycare. But, like anything in life, there are pros and cons to the things we have to make decisions about every day. And as bulldog breeders who do this for a living, we see the overwhelming positive that there is in putting bulldog puppies in doggy daycare.