Japan Has Dog Nurseries For Busy Pet Parents

It’s exactly what you think it is – you drop your dog off to learn and play!

By Justyne Yuen-Lee


It’s hard to leave our fur babies at home when we have work to do!

Growing families require serious juggling to ensure everything gets done.  If we work outside the home, pets may be left on their own as we watch them through monitors. Alternatively, if we work from home, they are often sitting at our feet. Neither scenario is as stimulating as if we could give our full attention. Japan’s double income and single-person households have demanded a more stimulating experience for their puppies.


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Japan has doggie nursery schools embedded in neighborhoods that feed, walk, and instruct dogs on good behavior.  It is a very similar concept to human day care where paw-rents debrief with staff about the day’s experience and the various activities enjoyed by their dog.


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Dogs eat, rest, and undergo training such as: potty, sitting, and waiting. In between these sessions, the dogs play!


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Akane Fujitsuka, chief of Little Chika, says, “Dogs are animals that inherently live in groups. They can develop social skills by learning communication and rules with other dogs.”


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Learning and training in a social setting help dogs act naturally, she adds. It also helps reduce unnecessary barking that can be seen as a problematic behavior.


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The manager of Playbow Nakameguro, Yuta Noguchi, highlights the importance of owners understanding the nature of dogs. His staff gives additional focus to training methods that can be brought back into the home.


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Fujitsuka says that living with another living being, such as a dog, requires effort in understanding and dedicated nurturing.


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In the end, if we can understand our dogs and their habits, it is easier to handle them. And this creates less stress for everyone in the house. Perhaps North America should look to Japan for some doggie day care inspiration.