Below are some very common questions we get asked all the time at Ipswich Dog Daycare. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch & Ask Aunty Clare.
1) I walk my dog daily and he is ‘happy’ so why do I need creche?
Chances are you might not need creche, or indeed think your dog even needs creche, but dogs are by nature a pack animal, and mostly very sociable. They like to be around a pack and in the company of other dogs or pack members. It makes them feel secure. At home you are their pack. You are the alpha and your dog will be happy with that. However when you leave them, to go to work, or shopping, most dogs will cope with that just fine for a few hours or so. Some however wont. In particular young dogs may become bored, destructive and simply destroy their surroundings. By bringing your dog to creche, they get to play, be active and engage around all different types of dogs all day long. This removes any destructive behaviour, boredom or high energy!
2) Surely the dogs fight all being in together…?
Wrong! – Dogs are naturally a ‘Pack Animal’. So, at creche by being in a pack they are quite content, playful and happy. You will find in a creche or pack environment the dogs all ‘find their place’. Older dogs teach the younger dogs, younger dogs learn all the time in creche and its great to see them building bonds and learning valuable life skills.
All dogs that wish to come to day care – over the age of 6 months – are required to do a temperament test before attending creche. This is to ensure the suitability and happiness of your dog. Creche does not always suit all dogs, so we have to ensure that its completely the right place for your loved pet to be. We have a 25% fail rate at creche to ensure the safety of dogs at all times. Puppies under 6 months do not need to do a temperament test.
3) How do you ‘Temperament Test’ my dog?
You will need to book a registration appointment for your dogs temperament test. This takes approximately 20 mins. You will be asked to complete a registration form and sit down for a relaxed informal chat whilst we gather history and general information on your dog.
We will take your dog into creche into a separate quite room, and away from the owner. As the owner wont be with the dog during their visit to creche we test away from the owner to get a true reading of their behaviour.
We slowly introduce a few quiet , calm and submissive dogs to gauge the response of your dog. We are looking for happy, respectful and playful behaviour. Dogs will always meet and greet each by sniffing each others faces (What have you just eaten? When did you last eat?) and by sniffing (cough) bottoms! Its natural, and perfectly normal. If a dog is content to be sniffed and ‘investigated’ by other dogs it normally means they are quite relaxed and at ease. We sometimes come across anxiety in dogs, when they come away from their owners. This is something we can potentially work on, and creche can sometimes help!
We will of course discuss all of this with you once the test is complete, and decide the best route forwards for your dog.
Once the test is complete, and we are happy your dog is suitable we will arrange for you dog to do a half day at creche to ease them in slowly.
4) Are their some breeds of dog you do not take?
Yes, there are some breeds we do not take – mainly the dogs on the Dangerous Dog Act 1991. We have a list of dogs that are not acceptable and this can change depending on current advice from insurers and the DEFRA Legislation. Currently we do take all bull breeds, providing they pass a temperament test.
5) Will my dog be walked during the day?
No – we have over 4500 sq ft of bespoke play-zones and creche activities to keep your pooch more than happy and entertained whilst they are at Ipswich Dog Daycare Creche. We have high security fencing in our yard and the inside is fully secure.
6) At what age can my dog join the pack?
As soon as they are fully vaccinated – depending on breed. With all puppies we introduce slowly, utilising a puppy pen, and separate play rooms. We also recommend puppies only play for half a day, in the morning, and build up to a full days play when they are ready. Also keep an eye out for our Puppy Parties, held every 6 weeks or so.
7) So what does a typical day look like at creche? I’m curious what you do all day!
Dogs arrive in the morning, between 8am & 10am. Usually they are full of beans when they arrive into creche reception and cant wait to get inside and meet their creche friends and pack. After a quick fuss and cuddle from Aunty Clare or Uncle Danny they go through to creche, hang their lead up on a ‘Bum Hook’ and start playing.
We then divide the dogs into two rooms depending on their energy levels.
All dogs are fully supervised at all times, with trained staff. Dogs are NEVER left unsupervised.
Play continues, with balls, climbing frames, tunnels, agility equipment, paddling pools and sandpits. Friends are made and games are played.
Come lunchtime the Half day doggies leave, and lunches are fed to the Full Day dogs. Dogs are fed individually, and separately to avoid any squabbles.
You should see the lunch boxes we get! Some pooches are very spoilt!
In the afternoon we slow the pace down, with canine enrichment games, sniff & snuffle mat games, snuggles and chilling. Its time for a serious cuddle and snooze.
From 4pm dogs start to be collected and go home happy and tired. All owners always comment on just how chilled and relaxed their pooch is once they get home, giving the owner at lovely peaceful evening!
8) Does my dog need to be vaccinated to come to Dog Day Care?
Yes. Your dog will need to be fully vaccinated and up to date. They are required to have DHpp, Lepto & Kennel Cough to attend creche. We do accept ‘Titre Test’ dogs, as long as we can have a copy of the vets certificate.
9) Is there an age limit?
No, there is no age limit. We have several senior dogs that come to creche. They might not be as speedy but they sure love the canine enrichment and cuddles. Company is more important than anything at their time of life and some just come for a snooze and fuss.
We accept all ages, as long as they pass their temperament test.
The creche is great for young pups for learning, socialising and educating, and lovely for the older dogs that want company and enrichment in their later years.
10) This all sounds great. Where can I find out more?
Check out our Facebook Page – which contains lots of great reviews from very happy customers, photos and videos. We also have lots of events and upcoming themed weeks advertised on the page.
We are also on Instagram, Google and Twitter.
Failing that, just pop down and see us! We love to meet new doggies and their hoomans!
See you soon!