Local doggy daycare business booming

Rachel Mills
Updated: January 21, 2021 05:59 PM
Created: January 21, 2021 05:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) - After Gov. Tim Walz lifted many COVID restrictions, people are beginning to head back to work. But what about the dogs hanging out at home? 

This is good news for local doggy daycare businesses. 

"We are growing everyday now, every week, every month. It's at least a 50 percent increase or more. It's a very good thing. Yes, absolutely. The more dogs the better," Abby Buck, store manager at Central Bark, said. 

For Central Bark Rochester daycare, its the puppies that are driving business.

"So, they got a puppy, but then their puppy doesn't really know how to be alone. So, we've seen a lot of clients coming in to get their puppy some socialization, especially with social distancing. We want to do it in a safe way," Taylor Ohm, store manager at Central Bark, said. 

K-9 Kennels in East Rochester is seeing the same trends with most of it picking up in the fall.

"People are back at work and needing their dog to come get some exercise and socialize. They get home and they want to relax, so bring your dog to daycare and we'll wear them out for you," Aaron Rothering, manager and trainer at K-9 Kennels, said. 

The increase in dogs is coming from those who were looking for a four legged friend when working from home, causing a boom in business for Paws and Claws animal shelter.

"I think people probably had more time to put into owning a new pet. Training. Just being home and able to spend time with them. Something to do. Keep them active," Tanya Johnson, the shelter director, said. 

Even now, nearly a year later, adoptions are steady, but handled differently.

"We are operating by appointment only right now. Staying busy that way. People apply online and then we contact them with an appointment time," Johnson said.

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