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Dog Daycare- Ear Posting

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?
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I have not but they are being smart. I worked in a doggie daycare for a while and I also attempted to take Mabel to parks when she was old enough but still in posts. Dogs that like to play a little rough go right after the posts. Imagine if one got pulled out partially when you dropped your pup off. It would then stay taped to the ear but actually be hurting the state of his ears and the staff would have no idea how to fix it. Other dogs really do target the ear posts. I had to stop taking May to the park unless it was during the 30 minutes between postings.

Also, 12 weeks is too young to be going to daycare. I've never known of a place that lets pups in before 16 weeks since they don't get all their shots until then.

You should also know that dobes generally don't do very well in daycare. I never saw one that actually enjoyed it for very long and it usually caused more problems than it solved. They would much rather be with their people or at least at home.


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Also, 12 weeks is too young to be going to daycare. I've never known of a place that lets pups in before 16 weeks since they don't get all their shots until then.

You should also know that dobes generally don't do very well in daycare. I never saw one that actually enjoyed it for very long and it usually caused more problems than it solved. They would much rather be with their people or at least at home.
Thank you for your response. My pup will have all of his shots by the end of this week (12 weeks 1 day old). I was sure to ask the daycare what he needed before taking him there. Also, I am only planning on taking him for a few half days a week while I am at work so he is not home alone since he is so young. My cousin also works at this daycare and they have a puppy only section.
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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.

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Thank you for your response. My pup will have all of his shots needed to go to daycare by the end of this week (12 weeks 1 day old). He would only be at daycare for a few half days a week while I am at work. Since he is so young, I don't want him home alone. Also, one of my relatives works at this daycare and they have a puppy only section.
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There are a number of doggie daycares in my area and everyone has a policy that will not allow dogs with posts to attend. They also do not allow a female to attend who has not been spayed or a dog that is not neuter.
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I sent my Great Dane to a puppy preschool (only for supplies up to 20 weeks old) 3 days a week while he was posted, they wouldn't let him go while he had stitches but they were okay with posts. The other puppies were interested in the posts but the daycare workers redirected them, and I didn't have too many issues with having to replace the posts after daycare.
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There are a number of doggie daycares in my area and everyone has a policy that will not allow dogs with posts to attend. They also do not allow a female to attend who has not been spayed or a dog that is not neuter.
That's a very common restriction although around here (Portland, Oregon) there seems too be about a 50/50 split--1/2 of the daycares will not accept puppies at all younger than 6 months and the other 1/2 require all dogs must be either spayed or neutered who are older than six months.

Recently one of the more popular daycares revamped their requirements to exclude bitches older than 6 months who were not fully spayed (no OSS would be accepted--someone mentioned just recently that they still come in season and smell like they are in season--and I can tell you that in season bitches can be very snotty to other bitches) and no vasectomies in lieu of neuters for males (same sort of problem there--you end up with a male who won't produce puppies but is often rude as all get out to bitches--intact or not).

Evidently it actually became an issue for that day care fairly recently and they now require a document from vet who performed the spay or neuter that specifically states what kind of spay or neuter was performed.

I didn't realize that the partial spays and vasectomies had become all that popular.
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I take puppies to daycare and remove their posts before they go, put them back up when they get home. Has never hurt anything. Leaving posts in is just asking for torn up ears.


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I take puppies to daycare and remove their posts before they go, put them back up when they get home. Has never hurt anything. Leaving posts in is just asking for torn up ears.
Really?? We were worried about them not standing if they were down for 4 to 5 hours 2 days a week... We are just about to start posting, very excited the stitches came out easily and the ears healed very nicely. We were told and read that you should post for 4-7 days take down clean and put back up within 30 min to make them stand

If you dont mind me asking how long did you have to post for?

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