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Welcome to another edition of the Walk in the Park weekly newsletter, where we bring you the latest updates on our furry friends and share valuable insights about our daily routines. We're thrilled to see how much our daycare community has grown, with each passing day bringing new wagging tails and delightful barks of excitement.

Today, we want to focus on the importance of managing high arousal levels and promoting a calm and positive environment for your beloved canines during drop-off, playgroup introductions, and pick-up. Dogs, like humans, can sometimes get caught up in the excitement and make impulsive decisions when they're highly aroused. However, we believe that calmness leads to better decision-making, which is why we have specific drop-off and pick-up times.

At A Walk in the Park, we've carefully designed our schedule to ensure a structured and controlled atmosphere throughout the day. By requiring all dogs to be dropped off by 9 AM and picked up no earlier than 3 PM, we strive to minimize chaos and create a harmonious environment for our four-legged friends. We understand that this may be less convenient for some owners who have busy daily schedules, but please bear in mind that it's a significant benefit for your dogs.

You see, frequent high arousal in a chaotic environment can have negative effects on our dogs' behavior and overall well-being. By limiting drop-off and pick-up times, we can maintain a calmer atmosphere, allowing your pups to feel more secure, comfortable, and confident in their surroundings. This positive experience builds their self-confidence and teaches them the valuable trait of remaining calm in stimulating situations.

Let's take a closer look at how our dogs behave during drop-off and pick-up. When you bring your pup to the daycare in the morning, you may notice their tails wagging with excitement, eager to join their furry friends for a day of fun and adventure. Our experienced staff members are trained to manage this high arousal and channel their energy into a positive direction.

During the playgroup introductions, our team carefully supervises the interactions to ensure that all dogs are introduced gradually, taking into consideration their size, temperament, and individual needs. This step allows for a smoother transition into the playgroup, reducing stress and promoting healthy socialization among the pack.

Now, when it's time for pick-up, you might witness a remarkable change in your dog's behavior. They become aware that it's time to go home, and their excitement levels rise once again. However, by maintaining a calm environment during this transition, we help them make better decisions and prevent any undue stress or overstimulation.

We truly believe that the daily experiences at our daycare play a significant role in shaping your dog's behavior. Our goal is to provide a positive, enriching environment that builds self-confidence, encourages appropriate play, and fosters a sense of calmness.

So, dear doggie parents, we kindly request your understanding and support in adhering to our designated drop-off and pick-up times. By doing so, you contribute to creating a stress-free and enjoyable daycare experience for all our canine attendees.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or even some heartwarming stories to share, please don't hesitate to reach out to our dedicated staff. We're here to make your pup's daycare experience the best it can b

Dirk Broersma