Introducing Puppies to Daycare

At AdelaideVet Doggy Daycare, we pride ourselves on providing a safe, nurturing and fun environment for every dog including puppies from the age of 16 weeks old. 
 
Proactively socialising your puppy is very important as they have a critical socialisation period between approximately three to eighteen weeks of age. A puppy’s experiences during this critical period of learning and development can influence and shape their behaviour well into adulthood and we take this very seriously.
 
Before we even start introducing a puppy to other dogs at daycare we first see how they respond to the immediate environment and us. We see if they take treats, want pats or take interest in other dogs through the fence. Some puppies need more time than others and we will take it as slowly as they need. Determining their behaviour, temperament, size and age, we try to introduce them to another dog that seems to be on the same level as them and then slowly go from there.


With our assessment process, we recommend a half-day (5 hours) especially for puppies or anxious dogs. If dogs quickly adapt to the daycare environment, we then allow them to stay for the full day at the owner's request.

During their time at daycare, we try to do everything we can to ensure your puppy grows into a well-adjusted adult that relates well to other dogs, environments and people. We also ensure they get downtime during their day whether it's in our individual zen pens having a nap on a comfy bed or enjoying enrichment time with a yummy lickimat or enrichment puzzles or simply cuddling with the very willing Canine Educators.
 
If you have recently got a new puppy and are thinking of taking them to daycare please call one of our helpful Canine Educators. We are here to answer your questions and provide recommendations suitable for your unique dog!
 
Written by Chloe Bottomley, Canine Educator at Doggy Daycare.

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