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08/03/2014
By: Silvia T.
PetSmart
Not bad if what you want is to do something together with your dog. However, this is not the best environment for serious training. I also have the impression that the trainers are not that experienced. I do not want to name anyone, as they are overall keen to help and well-intended, I think. I took my puppy to the first level classes and decided to not continue onto the other levels. Instead, I put the money towards real obedience training and it's being worth every penny. When you think about the time and skill spent agaist the results you get, Petsmart is not the best nor the cheapest way to go about it. So, depending on what you want, you might want to consider private training sessions where you get a training program catered to your dog's needs and what you want to achieve with your dog. Good luck!
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Pet owners usually sign a waiver stating that any injury or illness a dog suffers while at daycare is the responsibility of the owner. However, most facilities carry liability insurance and pet business insurance in the event of a serious incident. To prevent illness, facilities are strict about requiring proof of vaccination and general health from a veterinarian prior to accepting a dog. However, in an off-leash setting, scuffles or fights might occur. Reputable facilities will often hire vet assistants who can treat minor injuries and under-the-weather dogs.  For anything more serious, a good daycare should make it a priority to get the dog to a vet, and get in immediate contact with the owner.

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