Some dog owners are lucky – they take their pets to dog day care and they take to it like they’ve always belonged. Others are not – their dogs make such a fuss in the dog daycare center that they are thrown out. If you fall in the latter group you may be feeling frustrated and wondering what next for your furry friend. The truth is, most dogs, especially if they are used to spending time at home, will have a bit of a hard time the first time they are taken to doggie daycare. It will take them a few days to settle in after which they will love it. If your dog doesn’t adjust and eventually gets thrown out you shouldn’t give up – you should find out what the problem is, and whether there is another dog daycare in your area that is better suited.
The most common reason a dog will be expelled from daycare is because it is aggressive. This could mean that your dog hasn’t been properly trained. If she gets thrown out of a kennel it is understandable – you wouldn’t want her hurting other dogs. The answer may be to take a few weeks and do some additional training. The trainer will teach her to obey common commands and also how to relate with other dogs.
Your dog may have a hard time a day care because she has been placed with the wrong dogs. If she is very large, for example, and she is placed in a kennel full of smaller, noisy dogs she will feel threatened and she may attack. In this case the answer is proper research into the dog facilities around your area. Find out which one is best placed to take care of a dog like yours. They should be able to walk you round the facility so that you can see for yourself what other animals are there, and whether your furry friend will be able to get along with them.
If you feel that the dog daycare center may have been wrong in judging your dog you can try an experiment. Ask a friend who also has a dog whether your animals can spend some time together. Observe them and see whether there is any hostile behavior. If there isn’t the likely problem at the daycare centre is that your pet was over-stimulated, which caused her to be aggressive – you may want to find her a quieter environment.
Some daycare centers specialize in caring for more aggressive breeds of dogs such as bulldogs. Yu may have to drive a little bit further and leave your animal in care for a little bit longer than you would like, but she will be in an environment where she is cared for and understood.
The most important thing is to find an environment where your dog is wanted and cared for. It should be run by experienced employees who are able to handle different dog behavior. If there is a problem they should try to work on it rather than be quick to expel the dog.