Last Updated: June 6, 2023 • Visit Blog Homepage


Running a dog daycare can be a challenging and rewarding experience, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming, especially when it comes to managing a busy schedule. A hectic schedule is one, of many, reasons for small business owner burnout. With many dogs to take care of, appointments to book, and unexpected events to handle, it can be easy to lose track of time and become stressed and a stressed out business owner isn't good for employees, clients or pets. However, with a little bit of planning and organization, it's not too hard to make your daycare run a bit more smoothly and reduce your stress levels.

Here are five tips to help you manage a busy and hectic dog daycare schedule:

1. Create a Detailed Schedule & Stick to It

The first step to managing a busy schedule is to create a detailed and organized schedule. Having a schedule is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to managing stress. With a schedule, you don't feel like you're constantly putting out fires all the time. You're just going down the list. This schedule should include all appointments, drop-off and pick-up times, feeding times, and any other events that need to be scheduled. Be sure to stick to this schedule as much as possible, and make any necessary adjustments in advance. Having a clear and organized schedule can help keep your daycare running smoothly, reduce stress levels, and ensure that all dogs receive the attention and care they need.

2. Prioritize Tasks & Delegate Responsibilities

Another important step to managing a busy schedule is to prioritize tasks and delegate responsibilities. This means identifying the most important tasks that need to be completed each day, and assigning them to different team members based on their strengths and abilities. Do you have one employee that's better at cleaning kennels and another that is better at doing check-ins. Set it up! By delegating tasks, you can free up time for yourself, reduce stress levels, and ensure that all tasks are completed efficiently and effectively. One of the common pitfalls that small business owners fall into is that they want to do everything themselves...but you can't!

3. Use Technology to Your Advantage

Technology can be a great help when it comes to managing a busy and hectic dog daycare schedule. Consider using a scheduling software like DoggieDashboard to book appointments, manage your schedule, and keep track of tasks. You can also use technology to communicate with clients, such as through email or text message reminders, to keep everyone informed and on the same page. Phone calls are nice, but they're hard to keep track of, especially if you're going back and forth with someone. Make it a point to correspond via email so that you can have a clear record of all conversations with a certain client.

4. Plan Ahead for Unexpected Events

Unexpected events can throw off even the best-laid plans, but with a little bit of preparation, you can be ready for anything. Make sure you have backup plans in place for emergencies, such as a sudden illness or weather-related closures, so you can continue to provide care for the dogs even in the event of unexpected events. Being prepared for the 'unexpected' is a great way to not be overwhelmed when it finally happens. If you have everything in place for when something comes up that wasn't planned, you'll be able to be calmer during your day-to-day.

5. Take Care of Yourself

Finally, it's important to remember that managing a busy and hectic dog daycare schedule can take a toll on your health and well-being. Make sure to take care of yourself by taking breaks, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep. This will help you maintain your energy and focus, reduce stress levels, and ensure that you can continue to provide high-quality care for the dogs in your care. In order to be at your best for your clients, their pets, and your employees, you need to make sure that you're taking care of yourself. If you're constantly on the edge of burnout, that's not going to help anyone. Take care of yourself and watch your business start to thrive!

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