When Cooper first started going to daycare, it was hard on all of us. Everyone kept telling us that he’ll love it! He’ll be so excited to go! He’ll learn the word daycare and get all worked up!
Um. Not so much.
He hates the going part. He tucks his tail. He shivers. He whines in the lobby. But the second he gets into the playroom, he has a total blast. They tell us he’s “perfect” (though they have 3 Coopers, so I wonder if they’re talking about the right one…) and that he loves to run. He plays in the big dog room because he’s so high energy.
So the lobby seems to be the bad spot for him. We’re working with a fabulous trainer one-on-one, and she suggested stopping by the daycare on days he’s not going. Walk in, give him some treats, then walk right back out. We’re going to start that routine just to help him feel happier and more confident with the comings and goings.
But it’s awesome he has so much fun playing, and hopefully it’ll help him keep building his confidence.
Plus, on days he goes to daycare he comes home and CRASHES, which shows that he’s getting a lot of exercise, and it means a nice, quiet evening!