The doggy daycare business in Omaha is thriving according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Omahan Nicholle Reisdorff worked for six years at what she called her dream job: a researcher for federal courts in Washington, D.C., with an office that overlooked the Capitol.
Three years ago, she moved to Nebraska and quit the dream job. She started her own business — something very different from anything she ever dreamed.
She owns a day care for dogs. And loves it.
Doggie day cares, which were rare in Omaha until the turn of the millennium, have been gaining momentum in the area, owners say. They knock on wood as they say that the business appears to be recession-proof. Many have seen their client numbers increase.
Doggie day care operations have much in common with the centers that cater to children. There are regular clients and personality differences. There are favorite toys and finicky eaters. Business models run the gamut — Omaha has privately owned centers, franchises and one associated with the Nebraska Humane Society.
The dogs get indoor and outdoor play and a chance to make new friends. Operators say that the centers give owners a dog that’s calmer and more comfortable around other dogs. Some centers offer extras such as grooming, training and overnight stays. In Omaha, canine day cares generally charge about $20 a day, and dogs have to go through an application process to weed out those animals that could be dangerous to others.
David Sipherd, owner of the day care associated with the Pets-R-Us store at 10913 Elm St., said people have to feel comfortable with the center where they leave their “children.” He said many of his customers live or work in the neighborhood and like knowing their pets are nearby.
His facility, beyond the day care, boasts treadmills and drug-sniffing training.