Sending pets to daycare


HanoiMany families are willing to spend tens of millions of dong per month to send their pets to boarding school in the model of kindergartens, eating according to the regime and enjoying high-class services.

At 7 am, Ms. Vu Ngoc Minh Ha and her husband, Tay Ho district, took Bicycle, a Samoyed dog, weighing more than 30 kg, to the place of delivery on Dang Thai Mai street, Tay Ho district, returned to pick up after work.

This is the third year, the 27-year-old woman uses the pet daycare service (Doggy Daycare), from Monday to Friday. Most of the time, Ha and her husband take the bicycle to school by themselves, only when busy. Ask the staff of the center to pick you up.

“My husband and I go to work all day, leaving the dog at home alone to worry about the child being stressed, sad because there is no one to play, gradually losing social communication skills or destroying furniture in the house,” Ha said. and further revealed, each month spends an average of 10-12 million VND for this service.

Every day at the kindergarten, Bicycles are given breakfast by the staff in charge, swimming, bathing with clean water after drying, having lunch, resting, eating snacks, walking in the park before the family picks them up. about. According to the staff, despite being the closest in class, Bicycle is very sociable, obedient, highly disciplined, knows how to go to the toilet in the right place because she used to attend an animal training course at a training center in Gia Lam district. .

A dog named Bicycle (white with a red scarf) plays with friends in the kindergarten on Dang Thai Mai street, Tay Ho district, early 2022. Photo: @Bicycle_

Pet daycare is a day care service for pets, for busy families who don’t have time to look after and take care of pets. The first Doggy Daycare model appeared in New York (USA) in 1987, spreading to many countries around the world, especially popular in developed countries.

In Vietnam, this service appeared about 5 years ago and quickly became the choice of many families. Normally, the cost of sending a pet is from 4-5 million VND per month.

Mr. Ta Quoc Hai, 29 years old, owner of a center specializing in providing pet care and grooming services in Tay Ho district (Hanoi) said that the unit was established in 2017, is the first establishment in Hanoi. Hanoi provides a professional pet nursery service, following the standard model in Australia.

The kindergarten consists of 4 floors, divided into 6 areas, each place has an area of ​​over 50 m2. In which, two areas are common living spaces for dogs, two areas are designed specifically for cats, in addition, there are areas for care, hair trimming, play area and outdoor swimming pool.

At first, the unit provided home care services, including health care, feeding dogs and cats, walking pets, then opened a spa and hotel for pets. By 2019, Mr. Hai opened monthly dog-sitting classes with 10 employees, when the demand for day-to-day care was great.

Currently, his facility accepts dogs from three months old, fully vaccinated. Pets using the service will have their own profile, detailing their eating habits and personality traits for easy access and care by staff.

“Dogs are like children, the hardest is the first day of class, they may be uncomfortable because they meet strangers or are isolated with new friends. Staff must be experienced, rely on records to have an approach. suitable. After the first 3-5 days, the pet gets used to the class, gets to know you, it’s easier to go to school,” the manager said.

In addition to babysitting, the center has trainers to help teach pets to go to the toilet in the right place, teach them how to eat in the right bowl, learn communication commands, teach them to ride a motorbike or provide a dog shuttle service. home when the owner is busy. Small pets can be placed in a special bag, transported to school by motorbike. Older dogs can use the car to ensure safe transportation.

Currently, the price of care at Mr. Hai’s center ranges from 150,000 VND to 350,000 VND per day, depending on weight. New skills training, beauty treatments or private transfers will be charged separately.

Anh Quoc Hai feeds the puppies in the kindergarten on the afternoon of 8/8.  Photo: Quynh Nguyen

Anh Quoc Hai feeds the puppies in the kindergarten on the afternoon of 8/8. Image: Quynh Nguyen

The number of people who spend money on pets like Ha is not small. Currently, Mr. Hai’s dog-sitting class follows the semi-boarding model of Mr. Hai, with nearly 50 permanent “students”, most of which are small dogs. During the holidays, the number of pets sent can be up to 100. “Most of the customers are foreigners, the Vietnamese owner is 30%, but it tends to increase rapidly,” said Mr. Hai.

Many pet care service owners realize that the trend of “Pet Humanisation” in Vietnam is increasingly blooming. Owners treat pets like family members, creating a diet, lifestyle and special care services. This is also one of the reasons pet care facilities are increasingly accepted.

Ms. Tran Ha Thu, 36 years old, manager of a cat care shop at Lac Long Quan Street, Tay Ho District, said that the trend of sending dogs to kindergartens will be more and more diversified and developed due to increased demand, but still It takes time for facilities to invest in common living spaces, playgrounds, swimming pools…

Currently, all three establishments in Hanoi, Saigon and Bien Hoa of Ms. Ha, each have about 20 pets sent monthly, the price ranges from 100,000 VND to 400,000 VND per day, depending on weight.

For Ms. Vu Ngoc Minh Ha, the pet nursery service meets all the family’s requirements because pets can eat at the right meal, sleep on time, and exercise continuously instead of lying lazily at home waiting for the owner to come home from work. . Not to mention, all Bicycle activities during the day are continuously updated by staff or by the owner directly through the camera system installed around the classroom.

“Any unusual symptoms of the dog such as cough, fever, fatigue or loss of appetite are captured and informed to the family. Compared to other services, the price here is slightly higher, but in return I receive peace of mind. The staff takes care of pets and customers very carefully and passionately,” said the female customer.

Minh Ha admits, many people say that sending dogs to daycare classes is a bit outrageous, even more expensive than for children to attend private kindergarten. “Expensive but worth it. My wife and I can go to work without worrying about the dog at home,” said the 27-year-old girl and said that since going to school, Bicycling has become fun and active to release energy. , listen and behave better.

Ignoring the gossip, Minh Ha and her husband confirmed that they would continue to send bicycles to class. “Not only me, many dog ​​owners have been treating them like children, hoping for the best living conditions for their owners to work with peace of mind,” she confided.

Quynh Nguyen

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