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The Benefits of Dog Daycare: Is it Right for Your Furry Friend?

As a pet owner, you want to ensure your furry friend is happy, healthy, and well-cared for – but it can be challenging with a busy schedule

 If you’re unable to spend time with your dog during the day due to work or other commitments, dog daycare may be the perfect solution for you.

However, there are a few key factors you should consider when deciding whether daycare is the right choice for your doggo – including a whole host of epic benefits for their overall well-being. 

How to Know if Dog Daycare is Right for Your Furry Friend

Before deciding on dog daycare, there are a few things to consider to ensure it’s the right choice for your furry friend. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as an owner. 

  • Does your dog enjoy being around other dogs?
  • Is your dog well-socialised?
  • Does your dog have any behavioural issues that may make it difficult for them to interact with other dogs?
  • Does your dog have any special needs, such as medication or a special diet?
  • If your furry friend enjoys the company of other dogs, is well-socialised, and doesn’t have any behavioural issues or special needs, dog daycare may be a great choice for them.

For many doggos, it may be their first time socialising in a group environment, which shouldn’t necessarily be a deterrent to seeking out daycare. This is one of the reasons why we have our trial day at K9 Heaven; which is a process all dogs go through before joining our community,  so we can safely introduce them to other dogs, get to know them better – and ultimately see if it’s a good fit. 

Make sure to do your research when seeking out a daycare provider for your doggo. You can read our guide to what to look for in a doggy daycare, here. 

Now, let’s delve into the core benefits of daycare

Safe Socialisation

Our doggos are social animals and thrive on interaction with other furry friends and humans. Daycare facilities like ours, provide dogs with the opportunity to socialise safely and make new friends.

All daycares are different in how this looks,  however, we ensure packs are grouped based on personality and size to ensure your companion is surrounded by like-minded and similar-size friends. 

This can help reduce aggression and anxiety and improve their overall mood and behaviour.


We all understand how essential for a dog’s physical and mental health, exercise is. At daycare, dogs will have access to large indoor and outdoor play areas where they can run, play, and burn off energy.

This is great for their overall health and also means that you get to pick up a content, more relaxed doggo at the end of their day. 

Mental Stimulation

Dogs need constant mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. At K9 Heaven, we provide sensory enrichment by exposing dogs to new sights, smells, and experiences. This can help keep your dog’s brain active and engaged, which is important for its overall well-being.

Our daily pack runs on our farm are a perfect example of sensory enrichment, where they can explore new sights and smells – as well as supervised play in the water. 

Your own Peace of Mind

Knowing that your furry friend is well-cared for and happy while you’re busy during the day can provide you peace of mind – and we think that’s a benefit worth mentioning.

We have experienced staff members who provide the attention and care your dog needs throughout the day. Our west Auckland-based facility is for all doggos; young, or old, all shapes & sizes, and personalities are welcome to have a farm getaway.