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Harley's first day at day care

Discussion in 'Labrador Chat' started by Harley Quinn, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Harley Quinn

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    It was so much harder to walk away from her this morning than I thought it would be and the house is empty without her.
    I dropped her at 08:30 and I am fetching her at 14:20ish and she was comfortable from the moment she arrived so I had no reason to worry but still.
    The day care is about 10 min from home and by the time I arrived back I already had three photos from the day mom. And at about 10:00 another photo and update. She settled beautifully and has made friends.

    I had a client cancel at short notice so now I am sitting here willing myself to not fetch her early because I miss her so much. I know it is only once a week and she is clearly having a great time. I have taken for granted how much I enjoy having her around.
     
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  2. JenBainbridge

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    Awww Harley will be having a lovely time I’m sure :)

    When I first left Stanley at daycare he was only 15 weeks old, I cried all the way to work. I don’t think he’d even noticed I’d gone!

    I also hate being in the house when Stanley isn’t there, it feels really empty and I miss my little helper x
     
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    When I walked to the car the day mom called Harley and they walked off, Harley was off lead. And my first emotion was that Harley didn't even look back at me. She was fabulously walking with the day mom. And then I realised that we have a confident and lovely young dog that is happy to go with another person. Urgh.
     
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    There's just no winning you know:)

    I don't like being with out Cass either. I always have to remind myself what @Boogie says about dogs living in the moment.
     
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    I feel naked without a dog. Glad she's happy though.
     
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    I collected a very tired Harley awhile ago. When I arrived the day mom was waiting with Harley and a young black lab. They were laying down and occaionally pawing at each other. It was nice to see how calm and settled she was with the other dog. The day mom was full of praise for Harley, saying that she has a fantastic temperament and that she was confident but friendly with all the dogs. Apparently she was very well mannered and confident in the house too. There was a chocolate, black and yellow (Harley) lab there and a GR. Also a Rottie and a Great Dane. The day mom has a few cats so I was so glad that Harley continued her good manners with other peoples cats.
    Interestingly she was the only female dog. And Harley is a bit of a flirt so I can only imagine she had all the boys under her thumb.
    She is currently passed out on the bed, dreaming about her friends no doubt.
     
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    Aww bless her , a proper school girl ! So nice to hear that she fitted in so well , and was such a good girl x
     
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    Thanks Kate. I had a moment when the day mom said "You can see she is comfortable on the couch" and I replied with probably more shock than was necesssary "She was on the couch!!??!!". Now at home Harley lounges on the bed for so much of the time but we don't allow her on couches. Day mom quickly backpeddled with "You can see she is comfortable in the house, some dogs come in the house and look like they are going to get yelled out to get out, and she doesn't, she looks like she SHOULD be in the house". I don't believe a word but I can't complain if she did let Harley cuddle on a couch :)
     
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    Glad Harley had a good experience at day care. A relief for you :) x
     
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    That is so lovely to hear.
    You have done a brilliant job with Harley.
    You should be proud of yourselves as well as Harley x
     
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    That’s so sad. I hate seeing a cowering dog. But I can imagine it’s more common than I’d like to think.

    Snowie is the complete opposite: thinks it’s his god-given right to investigate every open door with glee. I wonder what the daycare mom would have to say about that?!!:eek:
     
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    Pleased @Harley Quinn that Harley had a good day at daycare. Yesterday we had to go somewhere a two hour journey from here. I made the decision to put Red in the kennels for the day/night. (Sky went to a friend). In the end we got back earlier than anticipated. Felt lost all evening without Red - felt guilty too. Picked her up this morning and they said she’d been great. I could see she was ok. She is now fast asleep. I have booked her into their daycare next week - this will be the first time - but we will be out most of the day and I reckon she will have a good time playing in their huge paddock with other dogs. It’s really important to find a good place that you trust - the hardest part is us letting them go (bit like young children :D).
     
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    Great to hear :D
     

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