well Tessa went for a half day of daycare today. I dropped her off and was told everything would be fine, and not to worry. So my mom and I proceeded to run some errands. It didn't go well
Unfortunatly Tess had a bad time. Poor Tess isn't welcome back because the trainer (who we do puppy class with) said daycare is too much for her; ironically she recommended going to daycare because she said Tessa needed to get out there and socialize more and that they'd take care of her and make sure she was ok.
Apparently poor Tess would greet the others well but would turn away from them and sulk in the corner, she wouldn't play, wouldn't sniff, and as the trainer said "completely shut down". She also wouldn't eat or drink, and as I found out when we got home, held her bowels for the whole 5 hours (it was like she held the river nile).
The trainer says to "just let her learn to greet dogs on walks one on one because she is obviously not able to cope being around other dogs". She also said "it wasn't a positive experience for her"
I don't know if it was caused because this was the first time being left (if that was the case, wouldn't the trainer suggest more sessions?), or if it was a socialization problem (but she does great with other dogs on her walks and at the park). Or if this is an issue with the trainer and daycare.
I'm at a loss. I feel horrible. Tessa has been hiding under my bed for the last 3 hours, shaking. No chicken or cheese will rouse her. I don't think that's normal...I hope I didn't cause her damage
I'm also a little cheezed because the trainer made it sound like Tessa had a horrifying experience but didn't call me to come get her early which I could have because I was off today and was available to get her at whatever time needed (I gave them my cell and my home). If it was really such a bad time wouldn't they have phoned? why would they just let her be there if she was so uncomfortable? What really happened in those 5 hours?
Why can't dogs talk?
So tonight I'm feeling discouraged and don't think we'll be making it to puppy class tonight, unless it's being held under my bed