Anthony-I do believe daycare is positive. She never hesitates to go in and I think I said somewhere before that yesterday when she went, she had a peek in the window and she just looked so happy and eager to say hello to her friends. I talk to the owner about her and the only issue Stella has ever had is with other little dogs....her prey drive kicks in. But they handle it. The neat thing about this place is that there are webcams in every area. I get to watch what is going on. So far I haven't seen any negative. Of course I don't watch every second of her time there. (well, at first I did.)
I probably do try to analyze her too much. And I think I do let her run my life a bit too much. Will have to think about how to change this.
Did I say she created mayhem in my house? I don't remember that. She is generally well behaved even when there is company. She will go into her crate on her own if she needs some downtime. The only mayhem is when my 3 year old grandchild comes over.....he leaves toys all over and Stella thinks they are new chew toys for her! And I don't trust any dog with a 3 year old so it is a lot of watching both of them. They seem to have a lot in common!!!!
I guess I have still not fully convinced myself that she is not good with other dogs. She seems to really enjoy playing with them once she knows them. But maybe this is another thing to think about.
Curious....how did you get Kira to settle down with other dogs? I know from your previous posts that Kira had issues....
I decided to take the advice and stay away from other dogs. I don't speak canine, I'm not CM, and nor am I qualified to figure out to read the signals
.... No matter how much I talk about it, or read about it.
Kira WILL bark at other dogs. If i'm near her, she will stop on command. If she's in my home, and a dog walks by the front, she will go bonkers, until I call her off. She will NOT stop on her own. I've noticed that she will lunge at small dogs, and scare the heck out of them. She's apprehensive with larger dogs. Still unsure of the result of an encounter. She's been attacked before, and she knows it.
She's 100% neutral with people, when leashed or off leash in public.
She's unpredictable in my home, with strangers.. 99% of the time, she accepts guests. Every so often, she'll scare the cr*p out of someone for no reason. ( I honestly can't see a pattern, or reason). Because of this, I now secure her when stranger enter. I will either keep her in a down, stay next to me, or I've instructed my family to crate her when guests come over. She has NEVER been comfortable with guests in my house. It took me a while to understand and recognize it
As you can see, I have her number in most cases, and do my best to rebut her actions. I treat each scenario as it happens.
Yes, they are a lot of work. Kira is a handful.