Knowing Dogs Program Helps Keep Dogs Safe in Dog Daycare

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Most parents wouldn't leave their child at a pool without a lifeguard, but they don't think twice about leaving their dog in a daycare without proper supervision. The Dog Gurus are pleased to help raise the bar of safety for dog daycares with their new program, Knowing Dogs.

Pet owners are faced with a buyer beware situation when they leave their dog in daycare; but Knowing Dogs can help! Created by The Dog Gurus, Susan Briggs and Robin Bennett from, Knowing Dogs has raised the bar of safety for all pet care facilities offering off-leash play.

Knowing Dogs Staff Training is an interactive and comprehensive staff training program comprised of 16 modules of training on dog language and play. It includes numerous photos, videos, evaluations, staff workbooks, and hand on exercises to ensure pet care staff are skilled in caring for each individual dog in their center.

“With no formal certification process required by facilities in the pet care industry, the responsibility for providing high quality pet care rest entirely on each individual facility owner,” states Bennett. She continues, “Unfortunately, we’ve seen many pet care centers that lack a basic understanding of canine body language and the result is that dogs are getting injured.” Keeping dogs and staff safe during off-leash play were driving factors in the development of Knowing Dogs. “All pet care facilities should have a formal training program for their staff, but creating one is costly and time consuming,” explains Briggs. Knowing Dogs solves this problem by providing “staff training in a box” that is accessible to every pet care center.

Knowing Dogs is the best tool available for training staff in the pet care industry, and it is the first program developed exclusively by industry experts for daycare providers. Pet owners looking for dog daycare should ask questions about the type of education and formal training the staff receive on dog body language. Briggs suggests, “Look for framed certificates in the lobby, a commitment to education and training, and if they are using Knowing Dogs, that’s even better!”

About Knowing Dogs: Co-creators Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs have over 40 years experience as operators and consultants in the dog daycare industry. Knowing Dogs is based on their best selling book: Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety and Fun. To purchase Knowing Dogs, visit

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