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    Font - I just got hired at a doggy day care! [Help] What are you best pieces of advice for managing dogs in groups? 455 5 56 1, Share + Award

    We always take to reddit when we need to do a little animal related crowdsourcing! Thank goodness that there's an awesome platform where someone can ask a random doggo related question and get a zillion answers. Let's read some of them. 

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    Font - BilliamBaggins · 2d Congrats! I worked for a doggy day care one summer in college and it was a super fun job. You'll get to know the personalities of the regulars pretty quickly, which will help you know who needs to be watched more closely. Some might get along with every newbie who comes through, and some might be a little more picky about who they get along with. Ask you coworkers if there are any particular dogs that cause problems with others/advice for the particular pack you're wor

    These sound like some really excellent and helpful tips for OP as she goes into her new adventure as a doggy day care employee! Getting to know the regulars is key, and consulting with your new coworkers can be nothing but helpful.

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    Product - Mathildalator · 2d I recently started at one too! By far the best job l've ever had!!! Make sure to learn all the dogs names and personalities... it helps so much to make sure everyone's having a good time! Make sure you don't get too many corgis in a group. In my experiences so far, more than 3 corgis is a recipe for disaster. 金 26 +
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    Font - MintChocolateCake · 2d Specifically keep an eye out for dogs that are getting bullied or dogs that are aggressive or even that are playing too rough. I'd hate to be responsible for a dog getting injured because I allowed one dog to be a bully by making excuses for it. G Reply 仓34 + ...
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    Font - amenj · 2d I used to work in a doggy day care, was genuinely the best job l've ever had! The dogs will (typically) stick around you, within 20/30 yards and just be content. Walk around the field when you can. Fights are incredibly rare, the difference between a real fight and a play one is very obvious, they may happen (i just used to think of it like school, occasionally the dogs may disagree with one another!) but just be careful because it's easy to catch a bite when you're trying to b
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    Font - Powerthrst 2d Don't wait until there's a problem to step in. If you don't like the body language that you're seeing or you think a particular interaction might be a precursor to a bad situation, just go ahead and break it up. Use your body to get in between dogs and try to redirect them to something more appropriate. Also, don't allow chase games to go too far. While the two dogs chasing might be playing nice, the last thing you want is a whole pack of dogs playing chase. Same thing with
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    Font - I found as well the dogs really settle in to a rhythm, it tends to be when they arrive, and leave that they're most active. Or if something unusual happens like an owner showing up, or a deer / rabbit nearby etc. Be very careful with fences too, the place i used to work had 3 gates between the field and the road. There was procedure with the gates, and don't mess around with that procedure, there is nothing worse than the thought of hurting a dog through negligence. Really obvious point t
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    Font - Hannah_Lynn98 · 2d Congrats! As someone who's worked at a daycare for almost 2 years now, I've got a few pointers. Know your troublemakers. It'll happen naturally once you get to know the dogs better but hopefully your coworkers will let you know who to keep an eye on right away. Don't wear any clothes you value too much, including shoes. Scrubs, the pants especially, are a decent choice if you can find em for cheap. Aside from the usual nastiness that can come from working with dogs, you
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    Font - You're gonna have your favorites and the ones you just don't like that much. Try not to feel guilty about it, it happens to everyone. Just do your best to treat all the dogs equally. It can be emotionally draining too, outside of the mental breakdowns. You'll lose dogs, whether it be from them just leaving the daycare or them passing away. We've had older dogs that've just passed due to age-related issues, but we've also had younger dogs pass. Hell, just last month we had a puppy who had
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    Font - maebymaybe · 2d I've worked at a doggy daycare/boarding/training/ grooming facility for 5 years and I agree with all of this! Especially if it's a large facility with a lot of dogs, you will get beat up! I have scratched, cuts, and bruises everywhere! I've had two fingers crushed by teeth that will never be the same again. A week ago a dog bit inside my nose (trying to "kiss me" as I bent down), the only concussions l've had in my life were from dogs. Puppies, definitely overrated. I love
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    Font - sun_spinner · 2d Body language is absolutely everything! Watch as many videos as you can to get used to it. Stay calm. Dogs can pick up on your energy. Follow protocol for dog fights. DO NOT pull a dog that is latched onto another dog. Yelling typically just adds to the chaos. Dogs will stop listening if you're repeatedly shouting their name. Use your body to communicate as well. You're going to see some gross things. The dogs are going to try to eat those gross things. Clean up the gross
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    Font - Lyetome · 2d Congrats, I loved working at doggy daycares, it's so fun! One thing I found helpful was to remember that dogs should be in their own space about half the time they are at your daycare if possible, they don't need to be playing in the group at all times if they are there for more than an hour or so. Mine had kennels we could rotate dogs in and out of for naps. Group play is very mentally and physically exhausting and that can make a lot of dogs a little grumpy once they reach
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    Font - femmiestdadandowlcat · 2d Get on top of bully management and instruction. I'm not a trainer but I would maybe go trolling for some advice on teaching dogs to not bully. I know I saw a tip to do short time outs away from play and I feel like that's not a bad idea.
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    Font - QuadsNotBlades · 2d Be attentive to dogs who are not having fun anymore - eg, they go from running playfully to running fearfully. Our dog is routinely tormented/hunted by other dogs and the last time we took her to doggy day care, she peed in terror when I handed her leash to the staff person. We've never been back since.

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