Pet insurance policies are underwritten by Markel American Insurance Company.
Follow Us
Two dogs playing outside at doggy daycare

How to choose the best doggy daycare

If you have the kind of dog who loves being around other dogs, then doggy daycare might be the right choice for you! If you’re thinking about daycare, here are some pointers to help you find the best fit for your pup:

Philosophy. How is the business marketed—is it a “big playgroup all the time” type of place, or do they offer individualized attention geared to your dog’s personality? Some dogs can run all day long and be happy campers, but other dogs need to socialize on their own terms. Also, make sure playgroups are age and size appropriate for your dog. 

Facility. Doing an in-person visit of the dog daycare facility (preferably during the day when other dogs are present) is absolutely essential. You’ll want to keep an eye out for such things as hygiene and sanitation (of common areas as well as individual spaces), the staff-to-client (dog) ratio and the general appearance of the space. Also pay attention to the level and quality of the noise; happy, well-tended dogs sound very different than stressed out dogs. You always want to go with the happy sounds!

Health and hygiene. It’s super-important for all pet care facilities to require the appropriate vaccinations and adhere to best practices when sanitizing the premises. When you’re filling out the application forms, make sure they ask about pet vaccination records. When you’re touring the facility, ask them about their protocols in case of a canine influenza or kennel cough outbreak. 

Professional associations and certifications. One of the indicators of good facility management is an affiliation with one or more of the major professional pet sitting associations, such as NAPPS, PSI or IBPSA. Although membership is not mandatory, it says a lot about a business if they are voluntarily willing to adhere to industry-wide standards. It’s like going the extra mile. Bonus: if you see a sign that says they have been trained/certified by experts like The Dog Gurus or PACCC.

Now go forth! Do some research, make some appointments and pick your favorite doggy daycare for your beloved pet. Remember to trust your instincts and that you know your dog better than anyone. With research and tours under your belt, you’ll know the right place when you see it.


Jaime Migdal, CPDT KA, is the founder and CEO of Fetchfind, a talent recruitment and services organization dedicated to the pet industry.

Tips For Housebreaking Your Dalmatian | Figo Pet Insurance

Dalmatian puppies—known for being stars...

Scarf’d: Mother Cluckin’ Good Chicken And Waffles For Pets

Mother’s Day is for the moms (fur, human...

Roam: Travel To Pet Friendly Atlanta, Georgia | Figo Pet Insurance

Atlanta is iconic for a lot of things—the...

More From Figo Blog
Scarf’d: Mother Cluckin’ Good Chicken And Waffles For Pets

Mother’s Day is for the moms (fur, human,...

Dog Breed Profile: Getting To Know The Beagle | Figo Pet Insurance

Playful. Energetic. Family friendly. Ears as...

Cats On Glass: Flipping Your Feline Perspective Upside Down | Figo Pet Insurance

Cats on glass objects like tables and shelves...

Five Ways Owning A Cat Is Good For You | Figo Pet Insurance

There are almost as many ways to describe cats...

Choosing A Pet-Safe Ice Melt | Figo Pet Insurance

Baby, it’s cold outside! Time to break out the...

Boston terrier sitting alert on a bed

What’s your dog saying when she puts her ears...

HELP