Pet Training and Boarding
Because having a dog as a pet is a pretty new phenomenon in Korea, new owners, who often either receive their dog as a gift or who acquire it because that breed is the 'in thing' at the moment, aren't always fully aware of the full extent of the care and time having a pet requires. The steps involved in house training a dog, as well as the time and patience required in the process, are unknown to them. This type of situation arises in all coutnries, but it may be a more widespread problem in nations, such as Korea, where bringing dogs indoor as house pets is such a new experience. Passive learnng from the experience of others is less likely to occur here as most people (and everyone around) them are starting at zero.
Pet kindergartens are growing in popularity among the more affluent dog owners. These are places were puppies learn important skills, including toilet training, social skills, etc. A typical day in a typical pet kindergarten goes like this: the dog is picked up by a 'school' bus at around 7AM fed breakfast, given a toilet training session after which he can play with the other puppies. Following a nap and a quick snack, he may listen to music. After eating lunch, the dogs will be taken for a walk. The rest of the day can be spent playing and/or taking a nap. The bus takes him home at the end of the day. Puppies usually go to the kindergarten five days a week at a cost of W150,000 to W400,000..or more.
Obedience Training is still in its infancy in Korea and can be expensive. Trainers often like to have the dog board with them for a period of time (up to 4 months or so). However, they can come to your home. Fees vary, but you can expect to pay somewhere around W400,000 a month.
A number of boarding kennels have sprung up in recent years, especially in more rural areas in and around cities. These private kennels sometimes specialised in particular breeds or animals of similar sizes. A convenient option for more urban dwellers are the local veterinarian or animal hospital. Almost all provide short-term boarding facilites for house pets. Some facilities will let some of the pets (cats and small dogs) roam free, but most keep all of the boarders in cages, except for a once or twice daily walk. Cat owners may want to make sure that the facility they select is staffed by cat-friendly people?
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