Japan is known for innovative solutions when it comes to pets. From furry robots to cat cafes where lonely diners can snuggle with a feline friend, the land of the rising sun is a paradise for busy animal lovers. There’s a new trend sweeping the island nation: Dog nurseries.
As reported by the Japan Times, dog nurseries are popping up across Japan. Busy owners can drop their dogs at school in the morning and pick them up after work hours. Dedicated staff create customized education plans for each dog.
Nursery schools are more than just doggie daycare. They provide obedience and socialization training for dogs. Some schools even potty train their charges. Neighborhood walks, puppy play sessions and learning tricks are also on the agenda.
Many nursery school owners praise pet parents for giving so much care to their dogs. Instead of leaving their animals in cramped apartments without exercise or stimulation, these loving owners are making sure their dogs get the attention they need. This results in happier, healthier dogs – and owners.
Some schools also offer training for owners themselves. Using the same techniques at home and school reinforces positive behavior and reduces stress on the dog. Pet parents also benefit from learning more about the psychology of dogs, meaning behavioral problems like unwanted barking, jumping and urination are more easily managed.
Japan’s work culture is notoriously brutal. Workers are often expected to work long hours in the office; it’s culturally taboo to head home before the boss. Taking vacation can be seen as not being committed to work. Karoshi, or death from overwork, is a long-standing phenomenon as work-related stress leads to heart attack or suicide. In this working culture, it’s hard to be a responsible dog owner. Dog nurseries let Japanese workers enjoy the love and companionship of man’s best friend without making career sacrifices.