OMG. We're horrible puppy parents! We take our dog to doggy daycare AND SHE HATES IT!!! Is this normal? Did we start taking her too late (at 8.5 months)? Now that it gets dark at 5 (and she's scared of the dark) and it's been raining for the past week (which she hates) our best option to get her exercise and tire her out is doggy daycare at least once a week.
I dropped her off this morning and she did not want to get out of the car. Other dogs came and she got excited to see them, but as soon as they went inside she sat down in the car almost shaking. I literally had to drag her out of the car. When we get inside, she does not want to go back to where the dogs are. Owners can only go into the airlock gate and not in the actual play area, so we get her in the airlock gate and I step out and she starts crying and barking not wanting to go in any further. The guy working there had to put a leash on her to get her to walk in further. I don't get why. They say she had fun last time playing with the other dogs, and it was only when it was time for dogs to get picked up that she freaked out.
I know danes are very attached to their people, but daycare can't be that horrible can it? I don't think it's the daycare itself, I think she's just a scaredy cat. How do we fix this? She needs to go, but we can't have her having a hissy fit everytime. I imagine this is like having a child who doesn't want to go to school and throws a tantrum outside the school doors.
Any advice out there?
***update: After 2 calls to the daycare to check on Darwin (one by me at 1030, one by Jason - that I told him to make so I didn't look like the crazy overconcerned mom - at 130), it seems like Darwin is enjoying herself. She was a little stressed out for the first couple hours and had to be kenneled to calm her down, but she's now walking the grounds with a pack and having fun. Let's hope she doesn't have a 5:00 panic attack like last week.
I'm still debating if I should switch daycares and try another one, or keep taking her to this one. We paid for a 4 visit a month package so maybe we'll do the 4 and then re-evaluate.