It’s a growing industry in South Korea – kindergartens for puppies.

With many full-time workers too busy to take care of their pets and not wanting to leave them home alone all day, daycare facilities are popping up to meet their need.


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At the Puppy’s Spring facility in Gyeonggi-do, dogs older than 12 weeks are accepted, though they must have had their vaccinations.

The centre puts the pups through their paces with a series of games and exercises, to improve obedience and sociability.

There’s also a nap time, when the dogs can unwind to relaxing music.

Fees at the centre range from €190-600, depending on the times and classes attended.

Alongside the burgeoning doggy daycare industry, pet finance, pet medical treatment, pet food and other pet-related industries are blooming rapidly.

It has been predicted that this year South Korea's pet industries will be worth over €3bn.