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02-02-2014 05:21 PM
mcdanfam The daycare we sometimes allow are dogs to visit...will not allow more than two dogs at a time in the play fence...and will not leave them may want to find a daycare with stricter rules....avoid putting that many dogs in an area at one time....

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02-02-2014 05:06 PM
Gauge Thank you everyone - I greatly appreciate the advice and opinions.
02-01-2014 10:02 PM
Thorny If your only point of contact after the event was the vet, I don't think you are getting the whole story. There is a supervisor in the room who knows how your dog behaves and how the other one does as well. Perhaps one dog is a bully, that supervisor knows who it is. Have a talk with them and share your concerns and ask for blatant honesty. After that conversation you will know what your options are.

The lights didn't go out and the pit dive bombed your pups leg. But you know that. If it was just rough play and the pit got scared then your dog is still superior in that pairing. Not sure how that plays out next time they meet. Depends on the personality of the pit I guess, so back to a conversation with the supervisor being the right next move.
02-01-2014 08:29 PM
Scout's Mama Are there any high school aged kids nearby? Might be an option in a pinch.
02-01-2014 08:26 PM
doggiedad i don't think you should take your dog there again whether the Pit
is there or not. call some dog walkers, sitters and see if they'll
travel to your house. maybe you can find a sitter, walker or
boarding, day care near your job.
02-01-2014 06:46 PM
MaryD How about a daycare close to where you work?
02-01-2014 06:05 PM
Harry and Lola Agree 100% the dogs should not be left unsupervised, even for a minute.

The thing is, no one knows what happened, Gauge was on top of the pittbull, they may have been playing and yes both breeds like it rough, however with GSDs play can quickly escalate to a telling off, I see it all the time with my 2, they play really well, then one goes a little too hard and the other tells that one off ......

The fact that your dog was with only one to sustain puncture wounds tells me that Gauge has excellent bite inhibition and is not aggressive. Any dog that bites into another leaving 4 puncture wounds is dangerous.

I don't think the carers at this daycare are in a position to brush this off, it should never have happened and they need to match dogs appropriately, imo they should have taken more care and there is no way I would want my 2 in a small area like that with 15 other dogs.

Gauge will 2 years old, he will be perfectly fine at your property for 10 hours on his own, mine are left for 8 hours 2 days a week. If he stays inside your home, maybe you could put in one of those electronic dog doors so he can go outside.

At his age, he doesn't need the company of other dogs, I'm sure he would be much happier being at his home surrounded by his things and your smells. He doesn't actually need play dates either, all they want is your company and exercise, so a good brisk walk after or before work (or both would be better) is more than adequate.

If it were me, I wouldn't take him to day care and only offer play dates occasionally if you think he likes them, but remember he doesn't need to be with other dogs.
02-01-2014 05:36 PM
JakodaCD OA The only way I'd go back there is 1. those dogs need to be supervised at ALL times, never left alone and 2. since your dog got the worst of it, the other dog would not be there on the days I left my dog.

Personally, since the vet was so blah blah about it, I'd find another daycare since he seems to enjoy going, but at this age, I do think he'd be ok at home a couple days.
02-01-2014 05:06 PM
Chip18 Well it sounds like that place is a disaster waiting to happen! So I wouldn’t go back either. Do you have a fenced yard, is he a jumper,is a doggie door (with a fenced yard an option, is he safe in the house unsupervised?

Are dog walkers an option, local community college might be a good place to look for someone if there is a local community?

Eight hour stretches is doable and sometimes we've been gone for 10 with Rcoky inside and no accidents but I don't really like leaving him in for that long .

Just throwing some idea's out there.
02-01-2014 04:58 PM
BowWowMeow I'm sorry that this happened. It doesn't sound like an ideal situation though with that many dogs in a small space.

He will be ok home alone a few days for 10 hours. I had to leave my dog for that long 4 days a week and she was fine. I walked her before I left and then took her for a 5 mile walk and played with her when I got home.

If I was going to be gone longer than 10 hours I left her in my truck and then took her out during my lunch break and after work but that wouldn't be possible in Wisconsin right now.
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