I am wondering if anyone else had a problem with their dog daycare not allowing their puppy to have its ears posted while with the other dogs. The daycare I just visited said they will not allow Griff to come with his ears posted. Griff is only 12 weeks old and we understand how important posting is at this age. They have never had a dog come with their ears tapped in the 5 years they have been in business. They said they are afraid of the other dogs going after his ears and they don't want to have to call me saying that he got hurt. I guess it is also liability for the other dogs eating the tape.
Anyone else have similar experiences? Or any suggestions or advice?
Well, I understand the point of the day care--even here we periodically hear about day care clients thinking they should sue a day care for an assortment of problems with day care facilities.
In this case I can understand thier concern with possible damage to the puppy's ears. My older dogs are often much too interested in posted ears--I had one male who could not be left with a puppy whose ears were posted as he felt obliged to remove (and eat) the foreign substance--I was actually more concerned about the possiblity of ending up with a blockage.
Daycares work because they can be selective in choosing dogs who can safely run and play together and if they have to entirely segregate one puppy it isn't going to work well for them.
I managed a medium sized all-breed boarding facility owned by a Dobe breeder at one before doggy daycares became common. We would do day care for puppies (any breed--but we always had more Dobes and Boxers because both the kennel owner and I could and would repost a puppy if necessary).
The contract for puppies was different than other boarded dogs. One puppy to a run. If we agreed to post ears that was an added clause--we would remove posts that got wet and repost or not. The charges for this were over and above the day care charge. The charge was a weekly charge for daily board Monday through Friday only. Puppies could not be left overnight nor on weekends nor holidays. This worked reasonably well--for anyone who didn't want us to repost a puppy we would take down a wet post (this was in the ever so soggy Pacific Northwest and the runs were all indoor/outdoor) at no extra charge.
I wouldn't even do day care at 12 weeks personally but that's me. But you might see if there is regular boarding facility who would do something like the day board we did for puppies.