There was a time when camps were only meant for humans, from the traditional summer camps for kids to the less traditional camps for older individuals who want to drop a few pounds. These days, dog camps have gotten popular among pet owners since they give their dog a certain level of care when they are going away. In fact, a lot of pet owners even join their dogs at these camps to meet and socialize with others who share their love for dogs.
Dog camps were originally put up for the purpose of teaching dogs basic to advanced obedience and protection but that is no longer the case. Presently, dog camps serve as places to bond with your pet while meeting others who feel as strongly as you do about your furry friend. In the past, dogs were sent off to willing friends or family members when the owner had to go away for some time regardless of the willing party’s accommodations. With a dog camp, dogs of all sizes will find that they will have all that they require without burdening anyone with their maintenance. Big dogs are given the freedom to run and play without fear of upsetting anyone because of a broken lamp or vase. Small dogs will have proper care given to them and pet owners will, in general, be less worried as to whether or not their dog is in good hands. Proper dog camps should be fitted with everything a dog will need and must be registered with the government since it has its own rules regarding animal welfare.
Depending on the dog camp’s main purpose, they must have the right food and equipment. What was once the exclusive playground of show dogs has now become a place for all dogs to come together and dog camps at present cater to all types. With the privilege of being allowed to run unleashed, dogs must prove that they are worthy of it by being free of egregious aggression issues. Otherwise, everyone would be put at risk. Dog camps have recognized that all dogs have their individual personalities and temperaments and put appropriate measures in place. One way to gauge a dog’s personality is to observe its owner. While it isn’t conclusive, a study has found interesting results regarding the similarity in personality of a dog and its owner.
Dog camps usually schedule their activities throughout the day, with or without the dog’s owner present. To prevent heat exhaustion from getting to the dogs, high intensity activities are usually held in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is mild. While the sun is high, dogs may be made to stay in the shade, to do whatever they please such as nap or chew on a bone. If there are humans at the camp, lectures may be held regarding better care for their dogs.
The main essence of a dog camp is freedom. Dogs can run around untethered while their owners can rest easy, knowing that their dogs are safe.