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Old 12-02-2012, 02:45 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Let me explain my schedule a bit....

Mondays and Tuesdays, out of the house by 6:00 a.m. and home, depending on traffic on 270, around 7:30 and sometimes on horrible days even 8:00.

Wednesdays work from home.

Thursdays and Fridays same as Monday and Tuesday.

I've always had the border collies in doggie day care when I moved here, since the hours were so much longer than in California. When Max came it was a natural progression to have him go to doggy day care. Max and Billy love the experience there....they dance when the leashes come out, begin whining when I turn the corner, and Billy talks the entire time he's being led in the back. They greet the day camp handlers as if they were long lost family members, every single morning.

I naturally expected that the GSD would also go to doggy day care. But in two different threads, my introductory thread and this one, folks have expressed the opinion that a GSD would not like and or do well in doggy day care.

I hate the idea of leaving a dog alone and unsupervised for twelve hours. I suppose I can get ADT and keep an eye on him through installed electronic monitoring. But I would feel guilty about walking out with an excited Max and asking the GSD to stay. Right now I spend $175 for every seven days of doggy day care and there would be a significant saving, but it's not something I was planning to save money on. In other words, I wasn't planning to save corners at the expense of the dog's happiness.

On the other hand, a GSD is a multipurpose dog, with protection "baked into" the DNA. So in a manner of speaking, a GSD being left at home would be doing his "protection job"?
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Many GSDs do well in doggy daycare their first 6-24 months. But as they mature, they will often (but not always!!!) start to not play well with the daycare group. It really depends on the dog and on the daycare.

I have a few of my puppy buyers who can still take their mature adults to doggy daycare and I have just as many more who have had to stop going to dog parks or doggy daycare. Others have said that their dogs go to daycare and don't play--they just hang out.

Based on my own GSDs, I'll say they don't enjoy playing with "strangers"--they want to be friends first and that usually means knowing the other dog(s) for more than just half an hour.

It's just going to depend on your dog--and how the daycare handles their dog groups.
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Although I wouldn't prefer it, and my husband won't allow it (too many critters coming inside) our foster home uses a dog door and securely fenced yard quite successfully as she's got about the same crazy work schedule you do.

I don't work currently outside the home, although doctor visits and shopping keep me well occupied (my son is disabled) so I don't worry quite so much about the dogs being locked up for long periods of time.
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Although I wouldn't prefer it, and my husband won't allow it (too many critters coming inside) our foster home uses a dog door and securely fenced yard quite successfully as she's got about the same crazy work schedule you do.

I don't work currently outside the home, although doctor visits and shopping keep me well occupied (my son is disabled) so I don't worry quite so much about the dogs being locked up for long periods of time.

OK...now I'm going to be embarrassed when you see how psychotic I am about my dogs....

Even in my fenced yard, my dogs are supervised when outside.

I know...that's ridiculous. And you might laugh. But my ex once left the back gate open and when I let the dogs out they, of course, went outside and were having a stroll in the neighborhood. Thank GOD I had put recall whistles on them, and of course, they immediately returned.

After that day (no, I didn't actually kill him, but he IS my EX husband) I always go out with them.

That's how psychotic I am.

I'm sorry. Embarrasing.
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Many GSDs do well in doggy daycare their first 6-24 months. But as they mature, they will often (but not always!!!) start to not play well with the daycare group. It really depends on the dog and on the daycare.

I have a few of my puppy buyers who can still take their mature adults to doggy daycare and I have just as many more who have had to stop going to dog parks or doggy daycare. Others have said that their dogs go to daycare and don't play--they just hang out.

Based on my own GSDs, I'll say they don't enjoy playing with "strangers"--they want to be friends first and that usually means knowing the other dog(s) for more than just half an hour.

It's just going to depend on your dog--and how the daycare handles their dog groups.
Understood. So it's a function of temperament, drive, and maturity.
So the answer is to remain vigilant in possible changes in personality at maturity.
Does neutering age play a role?

Oh dear....another line of questioning...contracts, neutering age requirements, and effect of neutering on growth plates....maybe that's an entirely different thread....
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Many GSDs do well in doggy daycare their first 6-24 months. But as they mature, they will often (but not always!!!) start to not play well with the daycare group. It really depends on the dog and on the daycare.

I have a few of my puppy buyers who can still take their mature adults to doggy daycare and I have just as many more who have had to stop going to dog parks or doggy daycare. Others have said that their dogs go to daycare and don't play--they just hang out.

Based on my own GSDs, I'll say they don't enjoy playing with "strangers"--they want to be friends first and that usually means knowing the other dog(s) for more than just half an hour.

It's just going to depend on your dog--and how the daycare handles their dog groups.

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And you work with BCS?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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You do realize that Show Lines are almost uniformily black and tan? The solid black and sable dogs you are drooling over (and with reason ) are working lines.
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Very much agree with what Christine said.

I have five GSDs of varying lineage and backgrounds. The ONLY dogs still interested in playing with strange dogs are my two puppies (10 months and 7 months). My adults have no desire AT ALL to interact with strange dogs.

My bitch can be a huge jerk to strange dogs, and my male largely ignores other dogs. They are both very social with humans, but they have no desire to have "doggy friends". Heck, even within their own family unit they discriminate.

Strauss has no need for any of the other dogs at all. Quite honestly, he could have probably gone his whole life never meeting another dog and been perfectly happy.

Mirada only likes the other dogs so she can be a bossy wench

Wesson is a suck up, and loves to play with everybody, so she could potentially be a good "daycare dog" with the right group, but she's kinda squishy soft, and doesn't like to be yelled at (by people or dogs).

Vixie and Mahler play together frequently, and greatly enjoy each others company.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:30 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Even in my fenced yard, my dogs are supervised when outside.

I know...that's ridiculous. And you might laugh.
That's how psychotic I am.

Then add me to the Psychotic Club.
Hans is always with me when outside, *and* on a leash or long lead.
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You do realize that Show Lines are almost uniformily black and tan? The solid black and sable dogs you are drooling over (and with reason ) are working lines.
Shhhh... she doesn't need to know she's being inexorably drawn toward the dark side....muahahahahaaaaaa
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