When Can Puppies Start Daycare?

Puppies can start daycare when they are physically mature, vaccinated, and well-adjusted to the incredible new world that they’ve just begun exploring. Wait until you have a good read on their personality and have had a chance to bond with your puppy.  Also, consider socializing them on a smaller scale by introducing them to other puppies their age either through family and friends or at the dog park or socialization classes.  Once you’ve done that, your puppy should be prepared to start doggy daycare.

Factors to Consider Before Your Puppy Starts Daycare

If you recently added a fur baby to your family, you may be eager to socialize them as soon as possible. Socializing early can help puppies develop into friendly, well-adjusted dogs, but it’s important to ensure that they are fully prepared for it. Let’s take a look at everything puppies need to do before signing them up for doggie daycare. 


Generally speaking, the earlier you start socializing your puppy, the better. But it’s important to do it at a pace that is age-appropriate. There’s no need for group play if your dog is still developing basic motor skills, or if they’re in the early stages of house training — but our puppy training professionals in Mercer County, NJ and the surrounding areas, in Robbinsville, can socialize your puppies and teach them foundational training principles in our Puppy Kindergarten and Puppy Obedience classes. Once they graduate, they’ll be ready to play with the “big dogs” in daycare! 

During the earliest stages of their life, it may be a good idea to introduce your dog to no more than one or two other vaccinated puppies who are very close in age, and perhaps a calm, well-trained adult dog who can teach those pups a thing or two about being a good boy or girl! 


Like parents, pet owners want their fur babies to learn, have fun, and make lots of friends while they’re away from home. However, like kids, some puppies may not be as social as others. You want to slowly introduce a shy pup into a very small group of similarly tempered dogs and get them familiar with a new place so that they become more comfortable — especially at a very young age, to prohibit fear from potentially affect their social development.  When socialized at a steady and comfortable pace, most puppies love playing with their peers more than anything! 

If your puppy is not prepared for playgroups, but you need someone to take care of them while you’re out of the house, we offer day-lodging in our luxurious suites with private play-sessions with our loving staff, or day-school training and socialization classes that help your pups stay healthy, stimulated, and educated.


Your puppy can participate in playgroups once they’ve received the following vaccinations:

  • Rabies
  • Bordetella
  • DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, & Parainfluenza)

Although not required, we also recommend Canine Influenza vaccine.  These vaccinations are for the safety of your dog and other dogs that they play with. Once your pup is vaccinated, physically developed, and eager to make friends, it’s time to start playing!

Still Unsure if Your Pup Is Prepared for Daycare?

Give us a call for more details about doggie daycare at Golden Paws! All dogs are different — and we’ve played with a TON of unique pups over the years — so we’re here to provide guidance if you need help finding the right approach for socialization and training. We also provide spa services to dogs from Mercer County, Ocean County, Burlington County, and everywhere else near our luxury pet resort and spa in Robbinsville. Contact us today for more details, or stop by for a tour during business hours! 

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