It’s Cuddle Time at Canine To Five!
About 6 months ago, we had a friend come visit us from a kennel in California. We had seen photos of “Cuddle Time” on her Facebook and were so intrigued. So with some instruction from her, we started Cuddle Time twice a day in Detroit. It worked so well that we started it from the beginning in Ferndale too!
Each day from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., then again from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., the lights go down low, the classical music comes on, and staff takes a seat on the floor, picnic tables or window ledge. The dogs seem to know that it’s time to settle down, and it’s a nice break from play, for dogs and dog handlers alike. There’s always a few pooches who will want to stay out in the yard and explore. But for the most part – Cuddle Time = Chill Out Time, which is great!
We asked the dog handlers what they like about Cuddle Time, and here’s what they had to say:
“I like getting lots of kisses.” – Jeff, Ferndale
“We get to bond with the dogs in a different way. When we take the time to sit with them, we form connections, and earn respect that can be used later to manage the dogs during play time.” Christina, Detroit
“it’s a great chance to connect with some of the shy dogs.” – Nathan, Ferndale
“I love having the puppies all try to curl up in my lap!” – Becca, Ferndale
“I appreciate Cuddle Time a LOT. It gives the dogs time to chill out before lunch, which really helps manage the pack for the rest of the day.” Dan, Detroit
“The dogs see us as members of the pack, and when they see us take time to stop and rest, they’ll follow our lead. It really helps calm them down.” – Veronica, Detroit
“It’s nice to give the dogs a chance to recharge.” Alex, Ferndale and Detroit