Whether your puppy is still awaiting his final vaccinations, or you need to get back to work, It can be a daunting prospect, leaving your puppy for any period of time. Most new puppy owners contact us to request doggy daycare services. However, after caring for hundreds of puppies, we have learned that for most pups, there is a better way to provide care, whilst raising a happy, well socialised and confident dog, who doesn’t suffer from crippling separation anxiety. It’s a good idea to try and get your puppy comfortable being home alone for short periods, with positive associations attached. If you’re going to be out all day, puppies are going to need toilet breaks, company, mental stimulation and play to break up the day.
The Belly Rub Club Puppy Programme provides bespoke one to one care throughout the day. A mid-morning check-in, with cuddles and some rehearsal of basic commands, will help to stimulate your puppy and reinforce the skills they will be learning from you or at puppy school. Then your Belly Rubber will return a few hours later to spend an hour walking, playing and practicing good doggy manners and lead walking. They will also feed your puppy the lunch you provide. Finally, If you are likely to be home late, a 2nd late afternoon checkin can be provided to ensure that your puppy never spends more than a few hours alone. We have had huge success with this programme and find that it is suited to most puppies and results in a dog that is comfortable, relaxed and able to cope well when you do need to leave them for short periods of time.
The Belly Rub Club have been working with us and our now five month old pup, Bear, for the last few months. Bear was first introduced to the Belly Rub Club at about 12 weeks old. We were at first apprehensive about leaving Bear alone during the day for a few hours at a time but Valerie and her team provided real time updates and photos throughout the day and gave their honest opinion about how Bear was coping with a new routine. With the Belly Rub Club’s help, Bear has happily adjusted to day time check-ins and 1-on-1 walks and is also relaxed spending time on his own. As well as giving Bear love, training and of course belly rubs (his favourite!) the team have also given us helpful advice as new puppy owners, reassuring us that Bear’s week days are happy and fulfilling even when we can’t be with him all day.