Doggy Daycare Attendant Overview

Doggy daycare is very beneficial to dogs and promotes good behavior and encourages dogs to be active. At the same time, their owners are busy, traveling, or working. Dog daycares are similar to child daycare centers in that they usually operate during the week, Monday to Friday, and during working hours. Some doggy daycares also offer overnight, longer-term stay, grooming, and other specialty services.

Training attendants for day care centers

A doggy daycare attendant is offered on-the-job training, and the daycare will teach their workers how to interact appropriately, train, and handle dogs. Also, you will learn how to restrain aggressive dogs and administer medications. A doggy daycare attendant should be able to assess a dog’s situation, psychology, injuries, and any other adverse conditions that may require the intervention of a Veterinarian. They monitor dog play to make sure it is safe and the dogs are stress-free. They provide blankets and material in the kennels that make the dogs more comfortable.

Running doggy daycare

A Doggy daycare pro must understand basic office skills including, organization, booking appointments, invoicing, and collection. They may also handle payroll, depending on the size of the operation. A doggy daycare attendant spends equal parts of his/her day both inside the daycare and outside, providing care and exercise for the dogs. The schedule can be part-time or full time, depending on the demands of the employer, number, and frequency of bookings. A doggy daycare attendant may end up working early in the morning or late at night, depending on their client’s needs. Their daily responsibilities might include providing food and water, playing with dogs, cleaning out the kennels, and cleaning up after the dogs, housekeeping, vacuuming, and mopping. They might also care for special needs dogs. A doggy daycare pro may also take clients on tours, check the dog’s veterinarian files, and handle bookkeeping for the business. Doggy daycare is a hands-on, interactive physical play environment. It, therefore, carries some risk of injury, both to the dogs and staff. A good employee will recognize a problem dog and aggressive behavior before it becomes a problem. If a fight breaks out, it is your responsibility to break it up immediately. Therefore a doggy daycare attendant must be robust, fast, and good under pressure. You will be expected to stand and walk for long periods of time and be able to lift large breed dogs. You must be able to lift, crawl, bend and jump easily. An attendant must be alert and agile, while making clients feel at ease. You might be asked to work in a variety of settings including, boarding facilities, vets, rescue associations and breeding facilities. You may work for yourself or be employed by an established doggy daycare.

How much does a doggy daycare attendant make?

According to recent US Bureau of Labor statistics, a doggy daycare attendant usually makes about minimum wage. A positive aspect is this is a growth industry, and if you own a doggy daycare, your annual salary can be quite large. Doggy daycare attendants also receive tips from their clients. They may have a flexible schedule that might allow them to take on additional employment. The pay scale that a doggy daycare attendant makes can vary depending on the amount of training, where they work, and the type of facility in which they work. An experienced individual who has worked for large facilities or well-known breeders can demand a higher salary.

Doggy Daycare Attendant Licensing
A doggy daycare attendant won’t be expected or required to have a license. They may work at a licensed facility and must have a business license if they own said facility. A doggy daycare attendant is usually required to have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. A background check may be required.

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