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With our structured daycare program, we try to provide a schedule that is fulfilling for the dogs’ physical, mental and emotional needs. There was a time when we were just focused on getting the dogs tired, by letting them play and play and play. It seemed convenient for the pet parents to have the dog come home tired, just wanting to relax, when the humans came home tired themselves. But that playing to exhaustion can lead to overstimulation and increased stress levels, possibly leading to behavior issues.

Just as humans need downtime to recharge, dogs also require ample rest and the ability to settle down to maintain their health and happiness. It is important to give the dogs an opportunity to rest or sleep, because it helps them return return to their base level of calmness. We incorporate these essential elements into our enrichment programs and pet parents can reinforce these practices at home.

Adequate rest and sleep are crucial for dogs to process and consolidate the learning experiences of the day. It aids in their physical health, mental well-being, and emotional stability. Dogs, especially young puppies and active breeds, can benefit significantly from structured downtime, which helps prevent anxiety and exasperation.

At A Walk in the Park we understand the delicate balance between engaging activities and restful periods. Here’s how we integrate rest into our day:

  1. Structured Downtime: Our schedule includes designated quiet times throughout the day, allowing dogs to nap, relax, and recharge in a calm environment.
  2. Comfortable Resting Areas: We provide cozy, quiet areas equipped with comfortable bedding and soothing music to facilitate a peaceful rest period.
  3. Observation and Individual Attention: Our experienced staff closely monitors each dog's activity level and behavior, encouraging rest for those who show signs of fatigue or overstimulation.
  4. Training on Settling Down: Part of our enrichment program includes teaching dogs the command to settle or go to their mat, training them to understand when it's time to wind down.

Creating a rest-friendly environment at home is equally important. Here are some tips to help your dog relax and enjoy a well-deserved rest:

  1. Establish a Routine: Dogs thrive on routine. Having a set schedule for play, walks, meals, and rest can help your dog feel secure and understand when it's time to relax.
  2. Create a Calm Space: Designate a quiet area in your home where your dog can retreat to rest, away from the hustle and bustle of household activities.
  3. Limit Overstimulation: Monitor your dog's play and activity levels, ensuring they have opportunities to wind down after periods of high energy.
  4. Practice Calm Interactions: Encourage calmness in your dog by using a soft tone of voice and gentle petting, especially during their downtime.
  5. Reinforce the 'Settle' Command: Work on the 'settle' or 'go to your mat' commands at home to help your dog understand it's time to relax.

At A Walk in the Park, we believe in the holistic well-being of every dog in our care, emphasizing the importance of a balanced routine that includes both stimulating activities and restful periods. By practicing these principles both at our facility and in your home, we can together ensure your beloved pet enjoys a happy, healthy, and well-rounded life.

Thank you for being a valued part of our community. We look forward to continuing to provide your dog with the best care and enrichment possible.

Warmest regards,

Dirk and the Team at A Walk in the Park