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Do any of you use (or indeed run) a dog day care centre? Just wondered what the ratio of people to dogs is, if there is actually any legal requirement about ratio of humans/dogs in these situations, and how to find a good one.

Not for me by the way, just enquiring as a friend with a dog might have the opportunity to work two full days a week but needs to know her girlie is going to have a good, happy and safe day too.

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I'm not sure on legal requirements but there does seem to be quite a variety in the places available. After a lot of shopping around we found on near us in Manchester that has been brilliant for us. If you are in the area I can PM the details.

They have a large number of staff in at any one time, usually 4 including the main owner. The things I particularly like is they have separate rooms so can divide the 'pack' into smaller groups based on energy needs but they mix them all around throughout the day so big and small get used to socialising etc. There is also always at least one member of staff in each room all the time monitoring the dogs and distracting if they get too excitable. This place also makes sure all dogs have a couple of nap times and they do one to one activities like the 'brain games' and optional free training sessions which follow the same principles as their obedience classes to reinforce any home training.

I was really nervous about sending our pup when he went, Smudge our older accepts anything but I didn't want to upset him. They love going and it's hugely improved their manners an recall around other dogs too as I guess it's the norm to be mixing with lots of dogs. However there are plenty out there that seem to be less structured and I would have been worried that Bodie was doing too much running when he was little or wouldn't have been supervised around more boisterous dogs.

Good luck finding one you get on with
 

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Our dog walker is top of our Christmas card list, she's been a lifesaver countless times. Does day care and training as well as walks

On our dogs shift there's never no more than 6 dogs and day care I think limited to 4 dogs. She's also very careful in making sure the dogs that are together are suitable and balanced
 

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A friend of mine has recently started taking dogs for day care and home boarding. I bumped into her last week and she told me that it is going very well but her day care dogs are never left home alone so she only accepts as many dogs as she can walk at one time, which limits the work she can accept.

There are a number of people who do home boarding around here and most seem to have a good reputation. You would need to check that they are registered with the council and have insurance, it would also be worth drawing up a contract between you.
 
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