NYC can be a fun and exciting place for dogs, but for dogs who don’t get much socialization it can scary and stressful. Lack of socialization can lead to anxiety and behavioral issues in dogs. They may become aggressive or fearful of anything unfamiliar. An amazing way to combat this is daycare! At Dog City, we know how far the benefits of daycare can go, and have seen so many dogs completely change for the better after starting our daycare program.
If you’re still having second guesses, just read how daycare can benefit your dog:
CONFIDENCE WITH HUMANS
Dog who are handled by various humans on a regular basis will develop confidence and trust with all humans. In a dog’s lifetime, they will encounter dog walkers, doormen, housekeepers and nannies in their homes. They’ll take trips to the groomer, veterinarian, friends’ homes, or be boarded at a kennel. Learning to trust a large variety of humans will greatly improve your dog’s quality of life, as they won’t be fearful as easily.
STABILITY WITH DOGS
Dogs learn to socialize with one another through active play and engagement. If you live in a Manhattan high-rise, encounters with dogs occur from many angles: elevators, streets, common areas, and in the neighborhood. You certainly want a dog that will keep their cool in the elevator if another dog rides along. If a dog rarely sees another dog, their own species is a threat. If a dog is socialized regularly, confidence in the presence of their own species develops, which also improves your relationship with your dog as they’re not attempting to start fights with every dog they meet. It’s also far more pleasant to walk with a dog that’s not freaking out at everything in sight.
CONFIDENCE WITH NEW ENVIRONMENTS
Dogs are territorial and creatures of habit, but dogs are also nomads by nature. Most dogs feel most relaxed in settings that are familiar to them, with routines that are predictable and consistent. Dogs who regularly visit shops, veterinary offices, dog care facilities, groomers, and takes a ride on various modes of transportation are comfortable no matter where they go. With proper conditioning, they enjoy the adventures because sights, sounds and scents provide enrichment. Exposure to different indoor settings are important as it exposes them to variables such as lighting, flooring, doorways, vestibules, elevators, and sounds that could be intimidating to a dog that rarely leaves their home. By exposing your dog to different surroundings, they’ll be able to travel with you, and relocating to a new home will be a breeze.
REDUCE SEPARATION ANXIETY
A dog that is provided with ample social opportunities is less likely to be anxious of your departure due to these factors: they have their own social life, and are not solely dependent on you to feel safe. Second, a well socialized dog is a tired dog. Anxiety is energy, and energy is released through play, engagement, and discovery. This is much better than anxiety festering in the form of barking all day in your apartment.
You work hard during the day, and you don’t want to come home to a hyperactive dog that chewed through your couch. Providing socialization tires your dog, as engaging with dogs and humans provides both mental and physical stimulation. Your Louboutins will be much safer in the presence of a tired dog.
Learn more about Dog City’s Daycare program here.