So far, things are going extremely well. Cobber stayed home all last week which translated to 6 days of being home with me (2 weekends plus a Mon and Wed when I wasn't working) plus 3 days of being crated while I was at work. For those 3 crated days, I went home midday on one of the days and had a dog walker stop by the other 2 days.
Cobber's behavior the entire week in every situation was just wonderful! He's turned into a fantastic dog, but I still observed that he had lots of morning play energy and was almost desperate to play with the dogs next door whenever they were out in their yard.
So yesterday was Cobber's first day back at the daycare place. You'd think he'd been away for months the way he greeted the owner yesterday morning
I was curious if he'd do well all day or if there would be a clear delineation between morning and afternoon. When I picked him up, I pressed Tyler for details instead of just accepting "He did really well!" Specifically, no biting incidents at all, a couple baring-the-teeth moments which he stopped when a staff person called him, and Tyler also said that Cobber actually seemed to be avoiding any problem interactions (although I'm not sure what that means because if Cobber's tired and doesn't want to play, I don't really know how he'd avoid another dog coming up to him). It did seem that Cobber had much more fun in the morning and started to wane in the afternoon.
So anyway, Cobber's taking today off (I went home at midday for his break) and will try another day at daycare tomorrow, home Thursday, then daycare on Friday. The staff (Tyler in particular) seem very interested in seeing how it plays out, especially by Friday afternoon. I was all set to just do M, W (and maybe even just M and W mornings, period), but since this week is sort of a test week, we'll see how M, W, F goes. I'm guessing the end result will be either M and W mornings or possibly all-day M plus W morning.
I did notice last week that in spite of the play energy I mentioned, Cobber seemed much more inclined to just sack out a lot and hang with me. Last night, however, after I brought him home from his first full day back at daycare, he wanted to play and play and play. Not sure if that's good or not.
Oh, and one good thing the dog walker mentioned from last week is that neither day did Cobber seem to really NEED to get outside and pee right away, he took his time after they went out. This tells me he might not be that far off from being okay with an 8-hr day. I wish I trusted him to be out and about in the house, but I'm not comfortable with that yet. Just last night I caught him chewing on a table leg when I thought he was relaxing with a bone, the stinker. It was a metal table leg, so no harm done, but still...