For years, traditional dog daycare has been the go-to solution for pet parents seeking to keep their dogs active and entertained while they’re away.

However, as the popularity of canine companionship grows, so does the concern about the quality of care provided in overcrowded facilities. In this blog, we’ll explore why enrichment dog daycare is emerging as a superior choice for pet parents who want more than just a tired pup at the end of the day.

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The Pitfalls of Traditional Daycare:

Traditional dog daycare, characterized by large groups of dogs engaging in all-day play, may not be the ideal solution for every pup. Overcrowded facilities pose risks such as increased chances of dog fights, inadequate supervision leading to injuries, and a higher likelihood of dogs picking up undesirable behaviors.

Moreover, the surge in pet adoptions during the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue, causing many facilities to become overwhelmed and understaffed.

Unlike a carefully thought out and trainer-designed and operated enrichment daycare, most traditional dog daycare environments may destroy your dog’s training skills and manners. But it can do worse than that – it may accidentally reinforce and teach inappropriate behaviors and manners for as long as your dog is attending. Yikes!

A doggie daycare free-for-all does just the opposite of what most pet parents want or need.

  • It overstimulates most dogs
  • Promotes poor behavior
  • Have a high risk of getting injured or sick
  • Can make dogs fearful or reactive to other dogs and/or people

All things we don’t want in our canine companion.

Enrichment Dog Daycare is A Smarter Alternative:

Enrichment Dog Daycare, often referred to as Daycare 2.0, introduces a revolutionary approach to canine care. Unlike traditional daycare, enrichment daycare focuses on mental, physical, and emotional stimulation, ensuring a well-rounded experience for your dog. Here are some key distinctions between enrichment and traditional daycare:

  1. Group Size: Enrichment Daycare opts for smaller groups, typically 5–10 dogs, allowing for more personalized attention and supervision.
  2. Benefits: Enrichment activities are designed to reduce stress and anxiety, improve behavior, and strengthen the bond between the dog and its owner.
  3. Mental Stimulation: Enrichment daycare provides a constant source of mental stimulation, including toys, fetch, obstacles, and new tricks to learn.

Ideally, your dog would play in one-on-one or very small group sessions with compatible play partners selected by a certified trainer who specializes in canine body language and behavior. Most dogs thrive on smaller or even one-on-one supervised play sessions. By being ultra-selective, a dog daycare facility should resemble a very well-balanced or private members-only club and hand-select dog play partners.

Quality Over Quantity:

While enrichment dog daycare may come at a higher cost, it ensures quality care for your beloved pet. Certified staff members, specializing in canine behavior, contribute to a safer and more enriching environment. The emphasis on mental engagement distinguishes enrichment daycare from its traditional counterpart.

The Canine Learning Academy Difference:

At Canine Learning Academy, our enrichment dog daycare offers a diverse range of activities in small groups led by certified staff members. Our program is a members-only program only suited for dogs that have graduated from manners training.

Activities include Sniffari, chasing peanut butter bubbles, playing in a dog pool, working on treat puzzles, shredding boxes, searching for treats, group training games, and more. The goal is to keep your pup both physically and mentally engaged, preventing boredom-related destructive behaviors.

The enrollment process and screening for a new dog in the Canine Learning Academy’s Enrichment Daycare is conducted by a certified dog trainer or behavior consultant who carefully screens each dog and family that is accepted. Both the dog and the pet parents go through a comprehensive interview to ensure they are a good fit and the dog will indeed feel safe and strive in our program.


Enrichment dog daycare represents a paradigm shift in the way we care for our canine companions. By choosing quality over quantity, pet parents can ensure that their dogs not only come home physically tired but also mentally fulfilled. The extra investment in enrichment daycare pays off in the form of a happier, healthier, and better-behaved furry friend. So, the next time you’re considering daycare options for your dog, think enrichment. Remember, choosing the right daycare for your dog involves careful consideration of their individual needs, safety measures, and the expertise of the staff you leave your dog with.

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