More and more working pet parents are putting their pups in doggie day school. If you’re hesitant about the thought of doggie day school, we’re here to tell you that it’s awesome and has so many benefits. If you still need convincing, here are eight reasons to give it a try!

Mental Stimulation and Social Contact

Just like people, dogs need friends. Doggy day school is a place where he can make new friends. If there’s a dog that your pooch likes to be around—like a BFF—it will be a chance to set up a doggie playdate outside of day school. You can meet up on weekends for walks or at the dog park. And it’s a wonderful way for you to meet new dog people.

Supervised play at doggie day school

Safe, Supervised Play

While dogs need to get out and socialize, the dog park isn’t for everyone, especially when it comes to off-leash interaction. Some owners pay more attention to their cell phones or other humans than their dogs, letting their hounds run amok. But at doggie day, your dog will be closely monitored while he plays with the other pooches, and staff will be ready to step in if there’s a disagreement.

Flexibility for Pet Parents

No matter what your work schedule is, dog day school runs around you needs. Available in full-day or half-day increments, you can drop your fur baby off at whatever time works for you.

Doggie Day School Will Tire Your Dog Out

All that running around and playing is wonderful exercise for your dog, and a wonderful way to supplement a daily walk. By the time you bring him home, he’ll be ready to curl up at your feet and enjoy a relaxing evening watching TV. And as we all know, a tired dog is a happy, well behaved dog!

Tired dog on sofa

Management for Problem Behaviors

Being at home alone all day isn’t a great option for dogs who suffer from separation anxiety. Chances are your home will show the signs of a destructive dog if he’s in a panic every time you leave. But in doggie day school, your dog has plenty of other pooches to hang out with, as well as trained professionals who know how to deal with separation anxiety. And soon, your dog won’t miss a beat when you drop him off for the day.

You Don’t Have to Rush Home from Work to Let Him Out

A work hour usually consists of eight hours—and sometimes, you need to work even later than that. Your dog will get hungry and will have to go outside for a bathroom break. When your dog is spending the day at doggie day school, it’s one more thing you don’t have to worry about.

Group of dogs outside

It’s Great for Socialization

To learn how to act with other pooches, your dog needs to be around other pooches. The younger you start with socialization, the better equipped your pup will be when it comes to interacting with strange dogs.

Lots of Loving Attention

The people who run doggie day schools love dogs—that’s why they run this type of business. Your dog will be getting plenty of TLC all day long…and who doesn’t appreciate a belly rub in the middle of the day?

So, are you ready to give doggie day school a try now? Ask your friends at the dog park or your veterinarian for some recommendations. You’ll be surprised at how much both you and your pooch will enjoy it!