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Old 03-20-2014, 08:18 AM
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yay, you're back! I"m glad to see you posting again. I hope things go well with Cobber's new routine. I crate Theo while I'm at work, and I find giving him something in the crate is helpful for him...stuffed kong, puzzle toy, etc. It's actually more helpful for me because it reduces my anxiety about him being in the crate!
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yay, you're back! I"m glad to see you posting again. I hope things go well with Cobber's new routine. I crate Theo while I'm at work, and I find giving him something in the crate is helpful for him...stuffed kong, puzzle toy, etc. It's actually more helpful for me because it reduces my anxiety about him being in the crate!
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That's one interesting thing I've noticed about Cobber. He is fine going into his crate and hanging out there (although there's a bit of barking when I first leave the house), but he never does anything with the toys, food, chews I leave in the crate for him. They aren't touched at all when I get back, no matter how long I'm away, which so far is up to 5-6 hours. Maybe it doesn't matter, but these are all favorite items that he's happy to play with or chew on when he's out in the house with me.
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I still have lots to think about and talk to the owner about on Monday. At least I have my regular pet-sitter (for the cats) on board to give Cobber a mid-day run/walk/play tomorrow and Friday, so I won't have to figure out a way to get home from work. That's a huge relief! Then next Monday, I'll take Cobber to the daycare for the full day. If that works, then maybe he can still do full days, just one or two a week. If he has a great Monday morning but not a great afternoon, then I'll figure out something else. I don't know if they can offer a break opportunity for Cobber in afternoons. Interestingly I looked at the daycare website and noticed this in the overall "why use our service" description:

In addition, we help dogs understand when another dog is not in the mood to play, redirecting their attention and/or matching them with other equally playful dogs.

I know that's not a license for Cobber to be bad because there's also a comment about not taking aggressive dogs. But I think they don't totally want to lose Cobber and me as customers, and I'm relieved that they'll help figure out what works best.

I really appreciate everyone's input!
If that is their policy, I'm a little confused as to why they weren't resting Cobber in the afternoons when this first started happening. From what they've said, it seems obvious that Cobber wasn't in the mood to play in the afternoons.
Of course, I'm also a little leery of the dog who snaps always being labeled as the aggressor, especially when it's after another dog trying to initiate play.
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If he doesn't touch his toys, try giving him something that's just for his crate and no other time. It might be that they just aren't special enough to really keep him occupied in his crate : )
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