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    Today I took the day off from work and had the opportunity to take Tate and Finn to a new day camp nearby. Since they're both new, the facility has them go thru an "assessment" with the other dogs before having a full play day.

    When I arrived to the day camp, Finn immediately "hid" in one of the car seats and wouldn't come out. He just snuggled into the seat and was determined to stay there. When I opened the door to the side he was sitting on, he immediately jumped into another seat. He obviously did not want to come out. Tate, on the other hand, was eager to get out of the car and play! I finally had to physically force Finn out of the car. When we got inside Finn was shaking all over and very nervous. I explained this to the day care owner and she suggested that after the assessment, and if it all went well, I leave Finn there for an hour or two so he will get used to the facility. Both boys did fine during the assessment and I watched them thru the glass and looked like they were having a good time.

    I guess my question is, did I do the right thing by "forcing" Finn to go to day camp even when he seemed scared and nervous? Will he become more traumatized by this or will he possibly grow to enjoy going there, the more often he attends? I want Finn to be more socialized with other dogs and people. Unlike Tate, he's much more shy and I think he prefers to just hang out at home if he could.

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    Hmm thats a tough one , how did Finn acted when you picked him up?
    Maybe it is worth trying taking him one more time and see if he is acting same way?
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    Hmmm, I don't know as I never did day camp for mine but...is there an online camera that you can watch to see how he's doing when you aren't around?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pati Robins View Post
    Hmm thats a tough one , how did Finn acted when you picked him up?
    Maybe it is worth trying taking him one more time and see if he is acting same way?
    thanks Pati. I just picked up the two of them; as I peered thru the glass window to see what they were up to, it was a funny sight. ALL the dogs, there were maybe 5 in total, PLUS the attendant, were piled on the floor and just chilling. It was a rather funny sight. I was told that Tate played a little bit with one of the dogs but Finn mainly observed and didn't participate much. I really like this place; it's clean, well run, friendly/warm, and very close to home. I will take your advice and take Finn again next time and see how he reacts. He's reacted this way before when he went to the Pet Smart day camp (not wanting to get out of car). It's just interesting how he KNOWS.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevikell View Post
    Hmmm, I don't know as I never did day camp for mine but...is there an online camera that you can watch to see how he's doing when you aren't around?
    I don't know if there is or not. I can watch what they're doing thru a glass window tho, but of course, i have to be there to do it. I will have to ask about the camera-thing next time.




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    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
    thanks Pati. I just picked up the two of them; as I peered thru the glass window to see what they were up to, it was a funny sight. ALL the dogs, there were maybe 5 in total, PLUS the attendant, were piled on the floor and just chilling. It was a rather funny sight. I was told that Tate played a little bit with one of the dogs but Finn mainly observed and didn't participate much. I really like this place; it's clean, well run, friendly/warm, and very close to home. I will take your advice and take Finn again next time and see how he reacts. He's reacted this way before when he went to the Pet Smart day camp (not wanting to get out of car). It's just interesting how he KNOWS.
    Sadly they can be little characters ;-) i had a foster like this -on the end we decided not to put him through it and we had visitors in our backyard :-) his ground xxx
    I hope next time he be much better xxxx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pati Robins View Post
    Hmm thats a tough one , how did Finn acted when you picked him up?
    Maybe it is worth trying taking him one more time and see if he is acting same way?
    Agree, how did he act when you picked him up???

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    Default Re: Wondering If I'm Doing the Right Thing

    Having worked at a dog daycare for four years, I can tell you a lot of the Bulldogs that came in just sat and watched the other dogs all day. Owners would say, whenever I check the camera, he is just sitting off to the side. I would tell them, that is what he does all day, he/she watches over the crowd and takes it all in. I got a talkin to once for telling an owner he was wasting his money. . We had some dogs that were also like Finn... Did not want to be dropped off, but once inside... Whoa, it was on!

    I agree with Pati... Check for an online camera for you to view and try one more time. If he is too stressed, it is not worth doing it, just take Tate and let Finn chill at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KMARINO View Post
    Agree, how did he act when you picked him up???
    he acted happy/excited to be going home. They both were like that. I think Finn especially just loves being in his own, familiar surroundings. But I like getting them out of the house every now and then b/c they're cooped up here all week and I want them to experience new things.

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    Very interesting info @2BullyMama! I will take your advice too; I don't want to over-stress Finn as it may make him more neurotic than he already is.




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    I think some just like to be by themselves. Even when we are home during the day, BeBe will prefer to go to her room and just chill in her crate, where it is quiet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidh View Post
    I think some just like to be by themselves. Even when we are home during the day, BeBe will prefer to go to her room and just chill in her crate, where it is quiet.
    sort of like us humans, right?! Some are more extroverted, others more of the loner variety. Good point, David. I need to respect Finn's personality/needs, I think, and listen to the cues he is giving me rather than force what i want on him. He does love to just play with his football and lay under the bed, or chase that dang varsity ball of his all around. He's so funny.




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