• Do dogs like to go to doggy daycare?

    Whether or not dogs like to go to doggy daycare depends on the dog’s age and anxiety level. If you put your puppy in a doggy daycare, they are likely to thrive and be nicer to people and other dogs. This is because at our cage-free facility the dogs play and socialize all day, and when they are tired they can rest on one of our many couches. A puppy that starts doggy daycare early will quickly adapt to the environment.

    Older dogs can thrive just as well in doggy daycare. If anything, they might think of it as a mini vacation from home where they get to play with friends, chase balls, or relax and bathe in the sun.

    Our staff monitors all dogs here at our DC area doggy daycare ranch. They are always under supervision, meaning that we will notice if your dog needs to adjust better to daycare. This is often the case with dogs that have separation anxiety. If you are aware of your dog’s separation anxiety or other issues that might make doggy daycare stressful, please inform our staff. Anticipation can help us better give your dog an enjoyable, stress-free experience. At K-9 Divine, we care about your dog’s health.

  • Why is doggy daycare good for my dog?

    Doggy daycare is great for dogs. It allows dogs to socialize with and frolic in a cage-free facility where both playing and relaxation are king! Like humans, dogs are social animals. That’s why they love being around you and wag their tails when you return home from an outing. As great as it is for dogs to spend time with people, it’s just as important for dogs to spend time with other dogs.

    On top of the social benefits, exercise is another benefit of taking your dog to doggy daycare. It’s no secret that dogs love chasing each other, playing tug of war over favorite toys, and sprinting after balls. At our dog ranch, they get to do all that and more under the supervision of our round-the-clock staff!

    With all the play and socialization, dogs experience mental stimulation which helps them whether they are young or old. This mental stimulation helps dogs stay healthy as they age!

  • Will there be downsides to enrolling my dog or puppy in a daycare program?

    There are no downsides to doggy daycare; however, it isn’t for every dog. Not all dogs are great with other dogs or enjoy their company. If you think your dog fits this category, then doggy daycare may not be the right fit for them.

    Telltale signs that doggy daycare may not be good for your dog include:

    • Separation Anxiety: There are levels of anxiety, and lower levels can be overcome and improved upon, but if your dog throws a fit when you’re away, then doggy daycare may have negative effects on them. An example of this would be if your dog suffers from panic attacks when the person that they are super-bonded to is away.
    • Undersocialized Dogs: Dogs that are nervous around people or other dogs may not enjoy doggy daycare. They may also be a danger to other dogs and staff if they feel threatened or cornered, increasing the risk that they may bite an employee.

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Dog Daycare

K-9 Divine offers daycare on our 80-acre ranch in southern Maryland. We have two large indoor buildings, and 15 acres of outdoor space, completely enclosed in 8-foot fencing. Your dogs have the freedom to run and play all day, or snooze on the couch. Clients can drop off and pick up their dogs at the ranch. We no longer daycare with van service.

We understand that you may have questions, or concerns, or simply want to reach out to us, and we’re here to provide you with all the assistance and information you need.

Our team at K-9 Divine is dedicated to ensuring that your experience with us is seamless and enjoyable from start to finish. Whether you’re interested in learning more about our services, scheduling a visit to our facilities, or discussing your dog’s unique needs and preferences, we’re here to help.

You can reach us via phone, email, or by filling out the convenient contact form below. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff members are available to answer your inquiries, provide assistance, and address any concerns you may have. We pride ourselves on our prompt and courteous customer service, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that you receive the information and support you need in a timely manner.

At K-9 Divine, we value open communication and transparency, and we’re committed to keeping the lines of communication open with our clients at all times. Whether you’re a new client looking to learn more about our services or a returning client with questions about your upcoming visit, we’re here to provide you with the personalized attention and assistance you deserve.

If you are interested in becoming a new client, please fill out the Boarding/Daycare agreement and provide a copy of your dog’s shot records. We need to see that they are up to date on their Bordetella, Rabies, Distemper and Influenza. We will also need your dog to come for a socialization visit so that we can make sure that he/she is friendly with other dogs.

  • How long will it take my dog to adjust to daycare?

    The time of adjustment for a daycare ultimately depends on the dog. Some dogs may adjust within a few days, while others take months to adapt fully. The biggest thing to keep track of is signs of distress, which our staff take note of. If the signs continue or worsen for a significant amount of time, daycare may not be an ideal fit for your dog or puppy.

  • How do I prepare my dog for daycare?

    Preparation is the best formula for success and this is true for doggy daycare. If your dog has never been to a daycare before, it would be a good idea to get them ready by taking them to a dog park. This can give you an idea of how your dog will interact with other dogs when they are in our cage-free facility.

    We also request that you come by the ranch here in Nanjemoy, located in Southern Maryland, adjacent to Washington DC, for a socialization visit so that we can make sure that he/she is friendly with other dogs. This will help you and your dog be more familiar with the environment, granting you peace of mind. Contact us to see about taking a facility tour!

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