These are the time I wish dogs could talk, because I really want to ask my dog, “Toby, did something happen at doggie day care?”
Let me take a step back. Toby used to love to play with other dogs. He would whine and whimper until he could go play with them – especially big ones. If we were walking down the street and a golden retriever, especially, walked past, Toby would not stop until he got to play with the dog and say hello. Same went for black or yellow labs.
In the past, he’s always loved the dog park, and many times I would let my 12-pound dog play in the large dog area because he loved jumping and playing with them more than the ones his own size. It was part of the reason I thought dropping him off at a doggie day care would be good since he’s a pretty social dog.
Now that the weather is getting nicer, I took him to the dog park last weekend. He was obnoxious, snotty and wouldn’t play with anyone. It was not the Toby I knew.
Everyone I spoke to said not to worry about it – dogs have good days and bad, some days feel like being social and other times not. (For the record, the only dog he would play with was a giant Newfoundland)
This weekend we were supposed to participate in a dog walk group with about 40 other dogs, but because I drove in the completely wrong direction to get there, we ended up just going to the dog park again.
And, while he was better, this time, he got into growling matches with other dogs who wanted to play with him, was bearing his teeth and behaving in a manner I wasn’t very pleased with.
Although I reprimanded him, he still continued to act out. (hmmm, this may be a question for Trainer Dan to tackle)
After the dog park we went to my best friend’s office (at a dog friendly hotel) and he was fine.
He barked a few times, but let people play with him, hold him and even fell completely asleep on the floor.
The only difference between a few months ago and now is that he’s been to doggie day care several times.
Anyone have any suggestions, or advice?