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My primary goal with Luke is to see that he makes lots of people friends and puppy friends, while he is still so young.  My other dogs were never too social.  He loves the world and I want him to know the world loves him.  He met lots of people last weekend at work with me and also during the walks we have been taking.  Interesting fact - he is afraid of no dog and only 3 have rejected him.  One, who looked like she spent at least 2 hours a week at a beauty salon and two others that looked like they had never seen one.  One ignored him, one of them was grabbed by his owner just before he went after Luke and the 3rd one did and got stopped just barely in time.  The only reason this is important is that all 3 of them were goldendoodles!  Every other dog loved him...  I remembered that wonderful set of pictures at the goldendoodle meeting and just wondered if this is normal. 

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Comment by Jo Bill on September 20, 2012 at 10:43pm

Barbara, I don't really know everything there is to opening a Doggie Daycare.  The one we go to is 26,000 ft.  The rent and utilities are quite high.  Then you have to have the health department involved.  You need to make sure all the dogs have their shots up-to-date and a fenced in area for them to play.  A good staff to work with the dogs and who are not afraid of the larger breeds.  It's not an easy thing to do.  There is another one near us that is run out of their home.  I visited it before I chose The Well Mannered Dog Center.  At that time, their yard was not fenced and they housed the boarders in crates in their garage.  She said Gizmo could stay in their house, but they had to block off the kitchen area for him.  I wasn't thrilled with that situation.

 

So, there is a lot to consider before opening a Doggie Daycare facility.  You could do it on a smaller scale, but there is a lot of work that goes into it.  Good Luck if you decide to go forward with the idea.

Comment by Barbara Holloway on September 20, 2012 at 5:54pm

I will take some pictures soon.  We went to the beach this morning for the first time and there were some adorable chances for pictures, if only I had remembered my camera! 

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on September 20, 2012 at 5:44pm

O.K. Barbara, you have to post some new pictures some time soon.  Hopefully Luke will learn that he acts one way with your Grandson and another way with you.  Of course Pemon is now 2 1/2 years old and he definitely acts two different ways with Mark and I.  They are so smart he knows enough not to rough me up like he does to Mark.  You gotta love em!

Comment by Barbara Holloway on September 20, 2012 at 4:47pm

Jo Bill, I hit Enter to quickly just now.  I would give anything in the world to have a Doggy DayCare anywhere within driving distance.  It would be exactly what they would need to play and learn the rules of "their" society.  You volunteer so you know all about it.  What would it take to get one even started and who would I even talk to?  I certainly don't know anything but where would I start looking for someone who would?  I like that idea almost more than doggy parks.  Any info you can pass on will be appreciated!

Comment by Barbara Holloway on September 20, 2012 at 4:43pm

Grace, your results are wonderful!!  Now, you must start getting out more at the gym.  It will help you meet people and also help your body.  I have decided with all the exercise I have gotten since Luke showed up, I will either die from the pain or be in the best shape I have ever been in...  Luke had been doing unbelievably well until a couple days ago when my grandson showed up.  He plays with Luke like a teenage boy and I play with Luke like someone who is going to live with him all the time.  About an hour after he left, poor Luke had a total melt down.  He ran every where he was allowed to go and chewed everything he could find to chew, never quit barking and didn't know how to stop.  I finally put him in his crate and sat down next to it and talked to him very softly and he finally settled down.  I felt sorry for him and I would love so much to keep my grandson away for awhile.  Luke has gotten so big already that it is easy to forget he is still only a 9-week-old puppy.    

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on September 19, 2012 at 8:41pm

Oh Barbara, that does sound like a fun job.   And I'm glad that Luke settled down.  You have to remember that every experience is new to him.  I'm glad you have lots of patience because that is what they need when they are pups!   And I'm so glad that life is good!  I've got to get out more and meet more people.  My best friend's husband is having a lot of tests run and she has been occupied.  We use to get together all the time.  So, since I am disabled and have medicare I can go to a local Gym for free and I'm going to do that very, very shortly. Have just gotten done with a lot of medical screening that I should have had a long time ago and every thing is good!  So life is good!

Comment by Jo Bill on September 19, 2012 at 11:58am

We take Gizmo to a Doggy Daycare facility that is WONDERFUL!!!!  (I also volunteer there).  The dogs are able to play with eachother without restrictions.  They even have a playground, complete with playground equipment for them to run through, around and over.  The dogs love it and get very, very tired ... LOL.  There are "Wranglers" there to watch them and keep organized chaos. 

 

I never thought I'd bring my dog to a Daycare, but it's really worth it.  Gizmo has learned how to play with those who want to and stay away from those who don't (there aren't many who don't want to play, though).  Socialization is so very important to every breed, but especially for Doodles, I think.  They are born with the impression that the whole world is there just for them.

 

Have fun with Luke.

Comment by Barbara Holloway on September 18, 2012 at 11:37am

I would give anything to have a park like that close by.  This is a very small area and there is not even a dog park, without driving 75 miles.  The best I will be able to hope for later is fun on the beach with the other dogs. 

Grace, I work at a small lodge in a little beach town, 20 miles from here.  About 4 years ago, when my husband was in assisted living, I would get so depressed on weekends, watching other couples having fun, etc., that I went to this place and convinced me that they needed me to work the front desk on weekends.  That way I was only around people who are happy and want to be there and I could forget about my own problems.  After my own problems resolved, I stayed there, just because it's a fun thing to do and forces me out of the house, when I might forget how important it is to meet new people.  It's pretty mindless but Luke was definitely the hit of last weekend.  Everyone loved him. 

My decision of socialize him as much as possible came from Pita, my last little dog.  He was my "baby" and I turned him into a neurotic tyrant, afraid of everything and he never quit barking.  He was also very intelligent and I did nothing about that either.  I really did a disservice to that poor dog.  Which is why Luke is starting the puppy training classes a week from today.  He's too good and too smart, not to try to do it right.  And we have already taken a walk and met 2 new dogs. 

Life is good... 

 

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on September 17, 2012 at 6:21pm

I think you have made a smart decision Barbara.  I don't think these other dogs have had much social contact, but then again I don't know because Pemon has not had that much contact and Mark  was letting him play today with a little dog down the street and all went well.  Mark told the lady he wanted to split them apart because it's not safe letting them play on leashes.  Right Jo?  Barbara Jo Bill's little Gizmo got hurt playing with another dog that was on a leash.  Hurt his leg real bad.  I'm sure some of the other members have opinions about those other dogs.  Hey buy the way, where do you work?  What kind of work do you do?

Comment by Marlo on September 17, 2012 at 3:29pm

We have found, after having Asha for just over 5 months now, that the park was the best way to socialize her. Once she was spayed we took her to the off leash park every single day. It's not only taught her manners with other puppies and people, but helped to get her so accustomed to seeing others and interacting with them that she now approaches them more calmly with less jumping. She is happy to see everyone she meets, but has learned not all dogs want to be greeted enthusiastically.  There are some breeds of dogs that seem disinterested in her, while other doodles of any kind (Labradoodles/Whoodles) usually approach her to play right away.  It's also helped, when walking her at an on-leash area, as she is now able to sit at our sides on command, while other dogs or people pass without trying to rush to them or be afraid of them.   We love our neighborhood off leash park!

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