Hey guys! This is part one of my two-part
doggy daycare public service announcement. Today, we’re gonna talk
about what happens when your dog gets kicked out of daycare, or if you bring
your dog to a trial day to a daycare and you’re told that your dog just didn’t
make the cut. I want to talk about this for a second because this is a wildly
misunderstood situation. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are certainly plenty of
scenarios where dogs either get removed from daycares or are told that they’re
not appropriate for daycare and it’s a training issue, okay, so there are
definitely some circumstances that we need to do some things that can help
make that dog acceptable in daycare. And we’re going to talk about that a little
bit more in part two, but right now, what’s really important to mention is
that some dogs just don’t do well in daycare and it doesn’t mean there’s
anything wrong with the dog. That’s right, your dog is fine, they just don’t like
daycare or it’s just not a healthy setting for them. Daycares can be great
places to let your dog burn off some energy, let them interact with other dogs,
but it’s not the place for every dog. When I was a kid, my mother tried to send
me to summer camp. I threw a fit. I hated it. I was miserable
and I made a big stink about it. Summer camp was not right for me; some other
kids have a great time there. Your dog is the same way. Some dogs prefer to be home on the couch while you’re at work, they don’t like being surrounded by dogs,
especially for eight hours straight, and that’s a big one guys. Just because your
dog enjoys the dog park for 30 minutes or is excited to come in to daycare
because it’s like “Hey, dogs! This is gonna be great!” doesn’t mean that they’re gonna
love having that experience for eight to nine hours at a time.
And that’s often where you see dogs starting to stress, or not really having
a productive day in daycare. Some dogs just don’t appreciate that setting for
that type of duration. Another big one is older dogs.
It is extremely normal as your dog ages for them to not be super thrilled about
hanging out in a large group of dogs, especially with younger, very active and
very playful dogs. Now this is where a lot of daycares can differ. Some larger
facilities can separate dogs by age groups. Some facilities actually have a
separate room for older or geriatric dogs. Our daycare here is very small, we
don’t have that, so older dogs just tend to not be really into coming to daycare.
When your dog was younger they may have loved it but now they’re a bit more
mature. It’s kind of like sending your grandfather to a frat party; you know
he’s probably not gonna have the greatest time. Now again, some dogs just
don’t enjoy it. Some dogs really enjoy it, but the energy of the environment, the
loose structure of the environment, the sort of free-for-all atmosphere is just
not a healthy atmosphere for all dogs. Meaning, some dogs can do great in
controlled socialization, they do great with a little bit of structure or in
smaller group settings, but again, you throw them in a daycare with a lot of
dogs for a long day where there’s only, you know, maybe one attendant for every
15 to 20 dogs depending on the facility, and some dogs just need more guidance
and supervision than that, and they’re gonna tend to get themselves into
trouble. This may not be something that training can change, it may just be part
of who they are. Daycare may just not be the greatest
setting for them to socialize. This does not mean that there’s anything wrong
with your dog, your dog is normal, they’re fine. Daycare is just not the best
setting for them. So keep that in mind guys, if your dog gets removed from a
daycare or if you bring them for a trial day and you get told that it’s not gonna
work out, yes, maybe there are training steps that can be taken that can remedy
the situation, but sometimes it’s just not the right environment and that is okay. That’s the biggest thing I want you to
understand, that it doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with your dog, it
doesn’t mean that your dog is a problem, it doesn’t mean your dog is unbalanced,
it doesn’t mean that they are inbred or not wired right, they’re a normal dog who
is not adapted to a very, very particular type of environment. Just like not all
dogs can be police dogs or therapy dogs or service dogs, not all dogs do well in
daycare. It’s as simple as that.

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