Why Daycamp is Beneficial for Your Dog

July 5, 2018



Dogs need to have other dog friends to live a happy and fulfilled life. Dog daycamp is a great way to have your dog meet new friends and have a blast around a variety of dogs with different personalities. Even if your dog isn’t the most playful of pups they can still have fun being around other dogs, sniffing new things and just spending time roaming around with their own kind. Socialization is one of the most important aspects of being a dog and dog daycamp can be a great option to get in that extra playtime they may not be able to get at home. Daycamp is not only for physical exercise but also mental stimulation. Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise, just like people, they need to use their brains to learn to make good decisions on their own. The dog park can often be too overwhelming for many dogs as it is unstructured and any dog can attend which is why daycamp can be more beneficial for many dogs.

Gaining Confidence

DSC_0745If your dog is fearful of things such as other dogs, new people, new situations or new places, dog daycamp can help them gain some confidence and be a happier pup overall. If your dog has separation anxiety daycamp can help in teaching them that being left isn’t the worst thing in the world and also gives them some fun time instead of being stressed at home. Here at Wooftopia we work at your dog’s pace to help them feel comfortable and learn to calm down and have some fun. With our large outdoor area it is important that we do slow introductions for our more fearful fidos and work with them until they are comfortable to be in the whole group. We do assessments of all dogs before they attend daycamp so we know how to best introduce them. If your dog is fear aggressive we can still work with them potentially with some private training first and then slowly integrating daycamp if it will be beneficial for that dog. Some dogs do start in muzzles and we work to build that trust and confidence to potentially be able to one day take it off. We have a ratio of 1:10/12 humans to dogs to make sure everyone is having a good time and not getting bullied or being a bully. Our staff are all trained in animal behavior so if your pup is nervous of people we know how to take the time to get them used to us so we build a trusted relationship and help them learn that people aren’t all that bad. We also have confident and well mannered working dogs who can help bond with the more fearful pups and also intervene if another dog is making them uncomfortable. You would be surprised how hard these pups work while they are at daycamp!

Learning Good Manners

Does your dog need help learning some manners around people and other dogs? At Wooftopia we work onDSC_0758 rewarding wanted behaviors and avoiding unwanted behaviors. With our structured environment, and positive reinforcement, we work on jumping up, being too overbearing with other dogs, nipping, humping, barking, socializing which can help with leash manners at home, and a number of other things that may be undesirable. We want to build trust and make our dogs want to do better rather than them being afraid of what we are going to do to them if they misbehave. Our staff have all taken obedience classes with our trainers so know how to help with these behaviors on a daily basis. If you are having a specific issue with your pup you can let us know and we will make sure to work on it during their daycamp stay. Our working dogs are here daily as dogs learn the best from other dogs. These dogs show good manners and will help teach your pup how to play nicely and interact with other pups in a respectful way.

Busy Schedules

Most dogs need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation and many people don’t necessarily have the time to give them what they need. Daycamp can be a good release if you are working all day and have a night out, if the weather is too hot or too cold to take them for the exercise they need or just to help high energy dogs have some fun and burn off that extra energy. If you don’t know any other dogs and can’t have your dog off leash, daycamp is a great way to get in that socialization.

If you are looking for daycamp for your pup send us an e-mail at info@wooftopia.ca to set up an assessment. We would love to meet you and your dog!