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Advice before we get a rescue - daycare?

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SparklyOnTheInside Thu 09-Aug-18 18:17:00

Hopefully next year my family (me, DP and DC15) will be finally able to have a dog. DP and I have had dogs before, will be a first dog for DC.

I know there are a lot of people on here who are well informed about rescues so hope you can give me advice on this. Will a rescue centre allow us to adopt if the dog will be going to "daycare" for all or part of the day?

There are a few local dog daycare businesses that collect dogs and take them to a site for the day. They seem to be well used and recommended but I am not sure that a rescue centre would allow this?

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SparklyOnTheInside Thu 09-Aug-18 18:22:16

Sorry.. should have added. I wanted to get opinions on this we plan to research everything first before looking at dogs etc. We are keen to get a rescue though.

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Phillpot12 Thu 09-Aug-18 19:48:18

We have just adopted a dog and they seemed perfectly happy with the idea of us working and therefore using dog walker/doggy day care.

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Thu 09-Aug-18 19:54:18

Some will, some won't - you'll need to talk to them.

Do bear in mind that not all dogs will be able to cope with daycare - some because they can't cope with other dogs in general, and others in more subtle ways. I suspect mine would fall into the latter category - he's got lots of dog friends in the park, but he gets grumpy when he's overtired, and he has mild resource guarding issues with other dogs so he might start a scrap over a toy he considers very valuable.

SparklyOnTheInside Thu 09-Aug-18 20:44:20

Oh brilliant - I was worried it would be a blanket no..

Thank you!

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Leo90 Thu 09-Aug-18 21:09:22

My Dad runs a daycare and they have a few dogs that are rescues.

mistlethrush Thu 09-Aug-18 21:24:58

There are lots of different rescues, and they all have different requirements. The one we got our dog from didn't have any specific requirements for the homes, but was very good at matching a dog's need to the home's opportunities.

SparklyOnTheInside Fri 10-Aug-18 08:19:28

I think that we'll explore the daycares, then when we make contact with the rescue centres we can say that this will be the routine and they can tell us if if potential-dog would be ok with it.

Thank you!

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adaline Fri 10-Aug-18 12:20:42

Some might but be very aware that not all dogs can go to daycare.

fivedogstofeed Fri 10-Aug-18 12:25:10

It entirely depends on the dog you get. You may well adopt a dog who has come from a similar set up to yours, or even one who has been left alone a lot and would be delighted with loads of doggy company. However other dogs desperately need a quiet life and a chance to bond with their their own human.
Not all rescues would rule you out, but depending on your working hours some might question how much time you actually have for a dog.

Purplejay Sun 12-Aug-18 12:24:39

The rescue my two came from would be fine with a dog going to daycare so long as it would suit its personality. They would be more concerned if the dog were to be left alone all day or if they felt it needed quiet company. Try foster based rescues as they tend to better judge personalities as the dogs are in a home environment.

mrsjoyfulprizeforraffiawork Sun 12-Aug-18 13:20:16

If it turns out your dog isn't happy in daycare but you are able to leave him at home for 3-4 hours or so at a time (will get slated on here but mine have always had about 4 hours on their own between me and dogwalker and been OK) and he copes OK with that, you can have a dogwalker halfway through the day instead. Make sure you and the dog have met them properly first and take to them - if you have any niggling doubts DON'T use them. Make sure he gets a full hour of company with them. My dogwalkers have always done this and I have nosy neighbours who report - unasked - back to me about how they've seen the dogwalker and the dog together, sometimes sitting outside, etc when it is too hot for proper dogwalking so I feel I can trust them . Your dog may prefer to be walked alone with a walker rather than in a group so you have to find out who is willing to do this. I think doggy daycare also depends a lot on who is running it. There are some people local to me that I wouldn't want in charge of my dog but one or two who are perfect for it.

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