Three weeks ago, Cooper started doggy daycare.
He was on the waiting list for six months before he finally got in, and we were super excited. We wanted him to go for two reasons: First, he seems to be a very timid, very shy guy. This doggy daycare does a great job at introducing similar pups and monitoring play. We wanted to see if it would help him come out of his shell. Second, and this is one of the many reasons I’m feeling guilty, I needed him out of my hair at least once a week. I work from home. Cooper is loud and mischievous, so he makes it very difficult for me to focus, take calls, etc.
The first day, when we arrived, Cooper was frightened. He tucked his tail. He whimpered. When they came to get him, he tried with all his mite to run back to us. It broke my heart.
When we picked him up, his report card wasn’t a surprise: He showed signs of anxiety. He was nervous around people and dogs. After a while he warmed up and had a blast playing with a few dogs and became very loving toward the people.
We were just glad to get that first day over with and expected him to warm right up to daycare. Well, each time he’s gone since then, he’s been equally resistant to leave us in the lobby, and when we pick him up, he FLIES into our arms.
But they said he’s playing and warming up. He clearly loves the people. He wags and grins and gives loads of kisses.
This morning John dropped him off, and – once again – his tail was tucked and he was whimpering.
He explained our concerns to them, and they promised to keep a close eye on him today and let us know some specifics.
I really wanted him to have fun. I really wanted one quiet work day to myself each week, too! But if he’s not enjoying himself…
Or should we stick it out if he’s “warming up” to see if he really does warm up?
Ah, the guilt of being a pet parent. What to do?
I guess I’ll just wait and see what his full report is today…
Thanks for letting me vent! 🙂 Anyone want to share their doggy daycare experiences?