By Doghaus University, Mar 27 2017 07:34PM
How to Spot and Avoid Illegal Dog Daycare Facilities
Dog daycare facilities run the gamut between specialized businesses that watch individual dogs in their own home to massive businesses that watch over 200 dogs at a time to service a whole city. While the fact the dog daycare businesses run such a huge spectrum of service is great for the customer, but because the business comes in so many different forms, it can be easy to overlook a dog daycare business that isn’t actually a business.
When it comes to starting up a dog daycare business, the barrier for entry is extremely low and enforcement even lower. This means that as long as you get a business license, anyone can open up shop, even people who have no more business around dogs than in an operating room performing surgery. While not all small level dog daycare facilities are bad, typically even people who love the pups left in their care lack training in dog handling, canine behavior, and off-leash play, which are all important when you care for dogs as a business.
However, if you are weary of both big dog daycare businesses, but still want to avoid illegal ones, there are a few red flags that you can look out for. By asking these three questions, you can quickly sort out if a business is both legit and cares about dogs more than money.
Is the Business Properly Zoned?
There is nothing wrong with choosing a residential dog daycare if it is a small operation. However, there is no municipality that would allow a dog kennel to run in a purely residential zone. So if you find a large number of dogs, or worse a large number of cages, that is a huge red flag that there is something not quite above-board about that business. However, as a customer, you also have the right to ask what permits they have secured, how their property is zoned, and how often it is inspected. A proper business will be able to present all business licenses and inspection reports when they are doing something as questionable as running a business out of their home.
Do They Have Proper Care Licenses?
Not only should a dog daycare facility have a business license that is prominently displayed, but most areas require dog daycare facilities to have some sort of permit with local Animal Control organizations. These operational licenses require the business to have an application improved, the location inspected, and they will have to pay a regular fee to maintain the license. It is very rare that a city will not require such a license, so failure to present them is an indication of poor quality.
Is the Individual Properly Trained?
This is where it is up to you to ask the important questions and demonstrate your knowledge. Ask it they know how to manage dog play time as a group, ask if the animals are separated by size and/or energy level. If they have breed restrictions, what are they and why do they have them? Ask them how they handle dog altercations. These are the people who you are handing over care of your dog to. Even if you wouldn’t know how to answer those questions, they definitely should if they have had any kind of training.
Finding a trustworthy dog daycare can be absolutely exhausting in some cities, but it you are lucky enough to live in Madison, WI, then you don’t have to worry about it, because Dog Haus University is the city’s most trusted dog daycare and pet sitting facility. With a wide variety of dog sitting and daycare plans available, contact us today to learn more about we can cater service to your needs.