|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Wed Jan 9, '13 11:05pm PST |
|I have to agree with Tiller that going with someone else would probably suit you better. While it's appealing to think of sending the dog off for a few weeks and getting home a brilliantly trained dog... Not a lot of it works that way. I find many owners end up going back to the same issues they had before even after the boarding, because they weren't involved in ALL the training, even if they were taught what the trainer does in terms of commands, signals, etc. It's far better for you, and her, if you're involved in every training class, not only so you know for sure that you're comfortable with the trainers methods, but so that you build that bond with Stella AND get her trained under you and listening to you. Also, you CAN ask him not to use shock collars, but in the end, you won't know if you're not there and that's not a risk I'd be willing to wager, personally. There's places for them, but I don't think basic obedience training is one of them.
Also, for daycare, you can gauge how your dog is with it and go from there. After her first day, see what she's like - is she tired and ready to relax, more biddable and easy to handle? Is she still bouncing off the walls? Most doggy daycares fit the dogs into groups that suit their energy AND their size and play style. So the fact she plays rough shouldn't be an issue. They'll gauge what she's like with other dogs and fit her in where she fits best. Most will introduce her to dogs one, or a small few at a time too to adjust her to the new dogs instead of just tossing her into a big group to get overwhelmed.
I had my Beagle going to my doggy daycare I worked at, daily, from 7:30 am, until 6:30 pm every day. He played ALL day, got four walks on top of that(one to work, two at work, and one after dinner) and he was absolutely EXHAUSTED each day. I had to give him a day off here and there because it was a lot for him, but he loved it and it kept him from ransacking my house. That said, MOST of the regular clients only came two-three times a week, while others came every work day and not on weekends. So it really depends largely on what you can afford, and your dog as well.
I will note that MANY doggy daycares also have 'packages' so you can buy a months worth of doggy daycare at once, etc and it's usually cheaper that way, and much of the time, it doesn't expire til months later, if at all and you can use it in intervals and don't usually have to use it daily, so there may be that option too depending on the daycare you choose.
Interviews may be to go over vet records to see that she's vaccinated and spayed(a requirement for most, if not all), to get to know her so they can figure out what group to put her in(if they do groups), and what you're most comfortable with in terms of them handling her. Many will even go over their policies, what happens in emergency situations, fights if they break out, etc for your peace of mind, and for theirs and some have contracts to sign too over their policies and for leaving your dog in their care. It's HIGHLY unlikely they'll look at you two and say "No, she can't come here."
If she likes dogs, she'll probably like doggy daycare quite a bit. And good luck! I hope you find what you're looking for.
Dogs CAN be a lot more work than cats. Are a lot more work than cats. But boy, does it EVER pay off when you've got her trained. Those break throughs and happy moments will always win out over the bad days, and are sooo worth it.
Charlie was a little hell hound when I got him. Uncontrollable, untrained, wasn't house broken, and would TEAR my house apart and pee all over it at eight months old when I rescued him. Now? He knows over forty commands, is an absolute angel, and listens sooo well, I often question whether he's another breed entirely and NOT a Beagle, lol! It took a couple months to a year of consistency, training and exercise, but it won out and he became such a fantastic dog. I was pulling my hair out when I first got him.. But over the years, he has taught me a patience unbound, and he's now my heart dog. He got me into rescue and fostering and broke the way for me to help more dogs like him. All those moments of anger, frustration, hurt, intolerance, lack of patience and tears were so worth it coming down to this. He's taught me so much that I NEVER thought I would give a dog credit for.
You can do it, and after all the frustration and effort, you'll learn just how worth it, it was.
Oh and by the way, to go with what Toto said about a labradoodle being the possible breed mix - at first I wasn't so sure, until we had one that was IDENTICAL(I'm talking, he looked like her twin brother) come in for grooming the other day an I couldn't help but think, "Omg! I recognize that dog!" haha. He also gets lots of people asking if he's part Irish Wolfhound.
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