Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: near Washington DC
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"?