Today was Daisy’s first day at her new daycare. Unfortunately the one she went to before ended as the woman is branching out into training and 1-2-1 help for behavioural problems. This is great as I think she will be fab, but it meant I had to find a new place for Daisy to go to. With all the warnings about being careful when choosing the right daycare, it took me time for feel confident in my choice. Along with that, I wanted to make sure that where she was going was a place that was friendly and force free.
So today was her first proper day. She got dropped off in the morning and I went to pick her up in the evening. I went in and the dogs awaiting their lifts were in crates. They let Daisy out, and she wagged her bum and her tail, she was so excited to see me. She bombed around the building while I asked how she had been and settled payment. She had played with the small dogs, big dogs and the puppies. She had been a lovely dog and had even settled in the office while people worked away. This I was proud of as Daisy is not one to just lie about, especially when there are other dogs to play with.
I got her home and it was like she’d been away for ages. She helped herself to the throw on the sofa and my clothes. I got her dinner ready and put her in the hall. I put her food in a Kong and leave her on her own for about twenty minutes while she eats and settles down. This was after great advice regarding Daisy’s separation anxiety. Food is a great way to tackle separation anxiety, and even better for a food motivated dog. The idea is that Daisy associates being on her own with getting yummy food, and therefore comes to feel that is a good thing to be on her own for a bit. It has been a long process, but she is a lot better than she used to be!