Have you ever wondered what it’s like to control a large group of dogs off-leash? Most people imagine mayhem and chaos when you put a group of unknown dogs together. Professional pet care businesses, like Just Fur Pets, are out to bust that myth. It’s true that dogs can fight and bite, but it’s also true that certain skills used by excellent daycare facilities will keep dogs safe while they play together. The Daycare Games are focused on proving who is better at providing these skills to the dogs in their care.
“We’re hoping to take home some Gold, just like in the Olympics.” states Marcia Cram, owner of locally-owned Just Fur Pets. “We provide a controlled environment where dogs get exercise without anxiety or injury. To improve safety, the dogs who visit us learn to “listen to the human in the room.” We focus on the most important skills - getting dogs to sit, having dogs come, and teaching dogs to wait at the gate. This is accomplished without fear or intimidation.” states Cram.
Robin Bennett, and Susan Briggs, the co-founders of The Dog Gurus, designed the Daycare Games to be a skills-based challenge that keeps dogs safe and happy, and recognizes top dog daycare providers for their unique skills.
“We wanted to recognize the handlers and facilities taking the best care of dogs in daycare by having a friendly competition,” explained Briggs.
The Dog Gurus, who have put together industry standards for operating safe dog daycare in their ebook “The Four E’s of Excellence in Off-Leash Play,” detail the exact exercises and activities that help daycares take better care of your dog, and have provided these to their online membership at www.TheDogGurus.com. That is where you can learn more about dog daycare in general, as well as the Daycare Games.
Dog daycare has become a growing industry over the past 15 years, but there are still many dog parents who don’t understand how to choose the best facility. Everyone needs to understand that education and training are necessary to keep dogs safe.
Just Fur Pets is dedicated to raising the bar of safety in off-leash play, helping dog parents become the people their dog thinks they are, and helping to reduce the number of dog fatalities that occur every year in dog daycare facilities and dog parks.
Just Fur Pets uses materials developed by Bennett and Briggs to train staff in safe dog handling, and is one of only a handful of dog daycare centers in northern Virginia who is a member of The Dog Gurus.