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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-26-2010, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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I just got a consulting job where I will be working in an office for about 3 months and am so worried about how this will affect my little Lola. As a lot of the forum members know, Lola is shy and suffers from SA. I've been working from home since we've had her, but now I'll be in an office from 9-5 mon-fri. Poor Lola isn't used to being without me for that long. I think my only option is to take her to daycare everyday. I'm worried that she's going to regress and become even more shy and fearful. Has anyone experienced this or have any advice? Can daycare make a dog "worse" or will it only help the SA and shyness? I only want what is best for Lola. I considered not taking the job because of her, but its a really good opportunity as interior design jobs are hard to come by these days.
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I suppose you can't take her with you?

Good luck on the new job, and hope Lola will be okay with whatever you figure out for her.

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My personal experience with doggie daycare is that it definitely helped Murphy's separation anxiety. He normally goes 3 days a week, and on the off days, he's pretty content to stay home and catch up on his rest. He still doesn't "love" it when I leave (what dog does?), but he goes in his crate now in the mornings with no crying whatsoever. I do have someone who comes over on those days to let him out, but he really is fine.

As for the daycare itself, he absolutely loves it. He runs in the door and can't wait for someone to come get him and take him back to the doggy room. They have a webcam, and I can see that he just runs and plays all day long with the other dogs. On daycare nights, he basically sleeps on the couch behind my head most of the evening. He's pooped!
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You could also always consider a dog walker that does the group walk so that way she isn't gone all day but home as well. Just another option if she is shy and has issues with other dogs?

I see your location too. There was a place I looked at but didnt use. They do have webcams and field trips too!

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Lola prefers dogs to people. It would take some time for her to build up a trust with the dog walker and actually want to walk with him/her. She still won't walk on a leash with my mom & her dog and she loves my mom now. It took a lot of bonding time, treats & patience for her to like my mom. Ugh, I'm so worried over this. But maybe it will be a good thing and will help her SA.
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I would think she would love the doggie daycare. If she like other dogs, she would have a blast playing with other dogs her size. The only thing you have to worry about is that she doesn't want to go home when you pick her up. I wish there had been doggie day care close to me when my Bichon was alive. She did well home alone with the cats, but she would have loved playing with other dogs 2 or 3 days a week.
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Susie, I think doggy day care is a great idea for Lola. She will also have interactions with the humans there too. And "good" humans around all those fun dogs may make her less wary of human in general. She will also be so tired she may not have energy for SA. Is there possibly a day care near where you will be working so you can pop in at lunch and take her for a little walk? That might comfort her to know that you are checking in on all the fun. After a while you could probably stop the lunch visits.

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If you have some time before your job starts, take her to day care and see how she does. She may love having the opportunity to play with other dogs. You can observe how she responds before you have to leave her there all day.


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I just wanted to tell you that I lOVE the name Lola! I had such a hard time naming a boy puppy but if he were a girl it would have been no problem! My future girl puppy be Lola!

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I *highly* recommend doggie daycare! Just make sure they separate the dogs based on size and temperament....

The only caution I would say is be careful about going every day. Dogs actually need a fair amount of sleep to be happy (between 12-16 hrs/day, depending on who you listen to), and they definitely don't get that at day care. So I would suggest maybe 3 days a week, like M/W/F, so there is a day of rest between each visit.

Tango has always been very shy and somewhat reclusive. I started taking her to doggie day care (I have 4 dogs, so we only go once a week). It did take her a while to come out of her shell - several visits - but I just decided to be patient and let the trainers there work with her. Now she is SOOOOO exicited to be at daycare, she waits by the back door each morning just in case I tell her to get in the car! When I say "let's go to daycare" she starts dancing and spinning happy circles. She is happiest on daycare days.

The dogs are all completely wiped out on Wednesday evenings, and are very calm/laid back on Thursdays. But Tango has completely come out of her shell with daycare, and it's almost like she's a different dog since we started going. It's SOOOO exciting to see her progress!
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