River Dogs – Why You Should Choose A Licensed Daycare Centre

Hi everyone, and welcome to another River Dogs Tadcaster dog blog with me, Stanley. I’ve recently completed an online law and business degree (that’s right, I can use a computer!) and I’ve been researching into why you should always choose a licensed doggy daycare centre over one of these back-alley places that look a little bit shady. I come to River Dogs because their reputation precedes them, and they’re all above board when it comes to the legal side of looking after my friends and me (believe me, I audited them once I passed my exam, and they’re squeaky clean!). So without further ado, let me explain to you why River Dogs Tadcaster is the perfect place for the pup-about-town.

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

River Dogs Tadcaster – Why You Should Always Choose A Licensed Doggy Daycare Centre!


Ok folks, you might want to grab a cup of coffee because this blog is going to be jam-packed full of factual information for you to sink your teeth into (like a Jumbone filled with algebra…but you’ll probably only get that reference if you’re a dog).

So, on the 1st of October 2018, the big wigs up in the high chairs made a rule stating that all dog and cat daycare provisions have to be licensed if they want to continue running. This is good news because it means that you’ll be going to places that are safe and that know how to look after us four-legged customers when our parents are out earning money to buy our food. River Dogs Tadcaster has a comprehensive list of policies and procedures longer than my leg (ok, longer than all four of my legs put together). They take great pride in making sure that the unit is sparkling clean before we all get dropped off in a morning, and there are lots of bits of important information such as risk assessments, staff training plans and safety procedures up on the walls to look at. In short; there isn’t a safer place for dogs in the entire world…that’s my opinion at any rate!

River Dogs – The Talk Of The Town

It was pretty big news when River Dogs Tadcaster received their license (people are always talking about Doggy Daycare Near Me now they’re such a big deal), as they were the only licensed daycare provider in the Doggy Daycare Selby district! That’s a pretty big district; even I know that, and my geography isn’t perfect! This brings me back to my initial question; why is it so important to go to a licensed daycare centre? Well, if your owners are currently dropping you off at an unlicensed daycare centre that hasn’t been scrutinised and inspected by the local authorities, then you might not be insured if you get into an accident. Say you hurt yourself, and it wasn’t your fault (where there’s a blame there’s a claim – I told you I was a law student), then the daycare company won’t be covered to assist in your recovery properly! It’s like going to a dodgy tattoo shop and asking for a Scooby Doo tattoo, but coming away with a Top Cat one instead. Terrible, right?

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

River Dogs Tadcaster is covered when it comes to home boarding too. Home boarding has been licensed for a while now, but more new guidance has been implemented that home boarders must also adhere to. My mum is the specialist home boarder for River Dogs Tadcaster, so I often get to have sleepovers with my friends when their parents go on holiday or are away for work. (Hi Mum, told you that law degree would pay off!) If you’re looking to come and stay with mum and me while your owners are away, then contact Helen at River Dogs through the usual channels (phone, smoke signal, pigeon…you know the drill.) If you’re going away with your parents then make sure that they read this guide on Taking Your Dog Abroad!

Licensed doggy daycare centres are also better friends with vets in the local area because they know that they are dealing with a reputable establishment. We have a designated veterinarian who has sat down with Marley and Me and worked with us on formulating a preventative healthcare plan. We also put together a  daily dog check sheet that allows us to feedback to other parents about how we’re doing; it’s sort of like a regular checkup to make sure that we’re fit and healthy! 

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

Doggy Daycare Isn’t A Walk In The Park; It’s Serious Business!


Now, this is where things get serious, so listen up! Everyone loves a pleasant walk in the wilderness, but not all local authorities licence dog walkers. That means that you could be going out on a walk with earth-knows-who to earth-knows-where! You wouldn’t go round to a strangers house, so make sure that you’re going on a walk with someone that you can trust. River Dogs Tadcaster limits the number of dogs that are walked at a time, and they also ask for our parent’s permission first before we go out walking with new dogs. There’s a rigid dog walking policy that has been put in place (I checked over it myself), and the River Dogs Tadcaster dog-mobile has also met all of the safety standards required for transporting dogs from their owner’s houses and back again. They wouldn’t have got their license without it; it’s a key element, and another reason to trust them!

You don’t need to worry about being left out in a corner either; River Dogs Tadcaster limits the number of dogs that they have on site at any one time, and this also governs their staff ratios. In short, everyone will get a turn at cuddling Auntie Lucy throughout the week, so don’t worry if you missed out on your last session!

Final Thoughts…

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

I know that this might not have been the most lighthearted of dog blogs, but please remember that River Dogs Tadcaster is all about making a fun and safe environment for dogs to socialise safely and securely. They leave no stone unturned (except the one that I hid in the play yard that is, they’ll never find that!) and always strive to make sure that they are constantly keeping ahead of the game and making sure that all of our needs are thought of before we even bark for attention. Think of it as a relaxing Yoga retreat for dogs!

So, that about wraps things up here. Just remember; if you’re already going to an unlicensed daycare centre, then you might not be covered if anything happens while you are there. Anyone that your owners are dealing with should have a license available for you to see (just like the one that Helen is holding in the picture above!). If they don’t, then you should consider moving to another centre like River Dogs, where dogs come first above everything else.

This new legislation has not had the best coverage in the press (they’re too busy talking about this Brexit thing!), so it’s down to people like you and me to spread this blog amongst our friends, family, and colleagues. Use a licensed doggy day care facility; use River Dogs!