My puppy does not want to go through the door at doggy day care. Is there any likely explanation other than she just doesn't want to go there?
In July, an adorable foundling
appeared on my doorstep late at night. She was about eight weeks old at the time. She's now eight months, and full of puppy energy
. My older dog
doesn't want to wrestle, have his head jumped on, or play with her in any way, and the cat gets tired of it after a while. So I tried taking her to a doggy day care one day a week, and she's now been there four times. The first couple of times she went, she seemed okay with it. The last two times, though, she has tried to refuse to go through the door from the lobby into the hallway back to the area she'll be staying (and she didn't really seem all that enthusiastic about going in the lobby last time, either, she just didn't put up much of a fuss about it). She actually dug her heels in the last time. I could only see her a few seconds after she got in the hallway with the owner, but once she did, she seemed to perk up. The last time, I asked to go in the back later that day to see her with the other dogs, and while she seemed a little wary of one larger dog, she didn't seem to have any real problems with them. Of course none of them were playing or interacting with each other when there was a stranger to look (and maybe bark) at, so I got limited information from that.
I don't think she's being mistreated there, because she seems okay about the owners when I come to pick her up. She isn't usually shy with other dogs (or cats, or humans) that I've ever seen. My initial reaction is to assume that she just does not like doggy day care. I suppose it's possible that she doesn't like being taken away from me. I don't want to make her go if she doesn't enjoy it, but are there any possibilities I could have overlooked? How likely is it that she just doesn't want to go there? Is there anything else I should look into that might be causing this? I had really wanted this to work, because she has so much energy. (This week the weather has been horrible, so she has been very limited in her activities and no one gets any peace in the evening).