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You Get What You Pay For!

You get what you pay for. And you may be hoping to pay your way out of a full time second job of caring for a new dog.

We never want to believe it, we always think we’re finding the better deal. We are always let down when we cut corners to save a few pennies.

Take your dog. Do you buy your dog the cheapest food money can buy? Did you shop for the least expensive vet? How long do the cheaper dog toys hold up? If you’re like most Americans, the answers are no, no, and not long. Why would you choose the least expensive option for your dog’s care needs?

As an owner of a doggie daycare, I am biased toward our business model. But before I was an owner, I was a customer. I was a customer of a doggie daycare and I was a customer of a dog walker. I have found that while you may save a little bit of money, your dog is the one that misses out.

What is doggie daycare? At Camp Run-A-Mutt it is several thousand feet outdoor and indoor play space. Our entire operation, except for feeding, is cage free. From the time that your dog enters our space, they are running, playing, lounging, finding their favorite spot in the sun or jumping in the pool. There are myriad breeds of dogs. Large and small, young and old, barky or quiet, rambunctious or chill, we have them all on any given day.

Doggie daycare allows your dog to interact with all shapes and sizes of dogs as well as different types of humans giving them an opportunity to develop their social skills without their parent. They learn how to share space and human attention with other dogs. In essence, they become a more independent dog. This helps with separation anxiety, leash aggression, and resource guarding.

Camp Run-A-MuttDog Walker
Hours upon hours of playUp to 30 minutes of walking on a leash
Socialization with other dogsMay share their walk with other dogs
Cage FreeHome or leash bound
Yard and facility designed for playNot so much
All dogs are temperament tested/vaccinated/spayed or neuteredNever know about other dogs on walks / parks
Consistent / Dependable StaffInconsistent Staff
Play until tiredLimited time for energy exertion
Ability to watch on MuttcamsNot able to watch
Call for updates any time of dayOnly one update per day
Mental stimulation for anxious dogsDogs get anxious when visitors come and go
Trained Staff – CPR First Aid, dog behaviorHigh turnover inconsistent staff
Constant Supervision for Positive Reinforcement (recall, basic commands)Limited interaction for reinforcement. Limited recall training on a leash
No strangers in your home for you and your dog to meet and give access to your home.Stranger danger
$39 for a full day of play$27 for a ½ day
No upcharge for feeding or medicationMay charge extra
Guaranteed hours of operation 24/7 for boardingSporadic availability

Now, while these are all great reasons to use doggie daycare over a dog walking service, it is not for every dog. Should your dog be injured or need surgery, they cannot attend daycare while they have stitches. You may need to use a dog walker during that time because your dog may not be permitted to run, jump, or go up stairs. Cage free doggie daycare is not an option.

Another example could be a senior dog. If you have a dog that is older and doesn’t really have a lot of energy to begin with, then taking them to a highly stimulating place such as ours might not be what your dog needs. Again, you will get what you pay for which usually maxes out at 30 minutes of activity. Maybe that’s all your dog needs, but that is seldom the case. It’s best to let your dog tell you.

In the end, you may find that a combination of the two services works for you. The best advice that I can give is to listen to your pup. If they are tearing up your home, driving your neighbors crazy with barking, or you cannot seem to find a way to burn all of that energy, you probably would see a greater benefit having them go to doggie daycare than having just a walk. I am sure that there are great dog walkers, but even the best of them can only offer your dog so much in a limited amount of time.

Like I said, you get what you pay for.

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