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Why NAPPS Certification Is A Crucial Aspect To Look For In Pet Sitters

By Doghaus University, Mar 14 2017 09:53PM

Why NAPPS Certification Is A Crucial Aspect To Look For In Pet Sitters

Choosing a doggy daycare center can often seem like a crap shoot. While most are filled with very friendly dog-loving individuals, a few won't be so great. That's why it is important to find a way to gauge the quality of a doggy daycare center quickly and easily.

The best way to do this is to find out whether a center has a NAAPS certification and hires NAAPS-certified employees. This gives you a quick understanding of the training they've gone through and lets you know that they are serious about dog safety and health and are true dog lovers.

What Is This Certification?

NAPPS is a group that helps train and certify pet sitters and daycare specialists to ensure that only the best, most loving, and skilled are working. They offer a certification program that utilizes a broad and in-depth training method that immerses potential pet sitters in a unique and heavy-hitting environment.

For example, certified pet sitters will learn how to:

Feed dogs healthy food at their centers

Promote exercise and healthy behavior in dogs

Manage bad behaviors in a constructive way

Show dogs love in a friendly and happy way

Keep pups safe in a sitting center

Perform first aid on a sick or injured dog

Balance the business side of daycare center

Most of all, NAAPS certification shows that your doggy daycare specialist is very serious about their business and their love of dogs. It indicates a professional who has learned how to best take care of a dog and who is willing to go the extra step to ensure your puppy is safe and happy at their center.

Other Benefits NAPPA-Certified Daycare Centers Offer Dog Owners

A NAAPS certification offers dog owners the peace of mind knowing that their dog is taken care of by people who have been trained. Doggy daycare requires very little training and many centers open up without doing proper certification.

Some cynical center owners without certification may think that doggy daycare is simply an easy way to make money. However, even if they are well-meaning in their intentions and truly want to offer a great doggy daycare experience, non-certified care center owners and their workers will lack certain skills that keeps a puppy safe.

Working with a NAAPS-certified doggy daycare center ensures that the care experts will fully understand your dog and how to care for them. They will know how to perform proper first aid, will know how to gently correct bad behaviors, and can feed them only the healthiest and most beneficial food.

Gauging The Certification of a Sitter

When visiting a doggy daycare or pet sitting center, talk to the manager or whoever else is in charge and ask them about their NAAPS certification. A good center won't hesitate to show you their certification right away, as they know how important it is to many dog owners.

If they stall or refuse to show you their certification credentials, there's a good chance that they never received it. The reasons for this are complex, but are usually based on money, as certification classes are not cheap. Thankfully, it is possible that many centers even have their certification hanging up on the wall.

Make sure to look for these certificates in the center and check their expiration date. They should be up-to-date to ensure the highest quality care. While an expired certification isn't a huge deal, it does indicate a carelessness that could translate to poorer doggy care.

If you are interested in a NAAPS-certified doggy daycare experience, please don't hesitate to contact us today. We offer your pup a wide range of benefits, including certification, healthy living tips, a comfortable place to stay while you're at work, and much more.

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