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I just dropped Casey off at doggie daycare for the first time (trying to socialize him more, and burn off some energy!)..I'm a little nervous. Hope he does OK. There were two other male dogs there for him to play with...when I left they were doing the "male thing"- seeing who was going to be dominant...but Casey seemed OK.
 

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It's a scary thing. Esther's first day of doggy day care made me more nervous than dropping off my kids for the first day of kindergarten.

But, then, I wasn't expecting that my kids might eat their classmates. I kept expecting a call at work: "Ron, you're going to have to come and get Esther right now. She just ate a St Bernard."

But she loved it and they loved her. She would run non-stop for 8-10 hours and, when I took her home, it was kinda like having my mellow old lab back. It would actually take her all of the next day to recover, so I took her usually 3-4 times each week.
 

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Well I picked him up and they said he did great! I guess he played non-stop with the other dogs...so he is very tired. She said he gets an "A+" for his first visit!
 

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Cool:) I love being able to take my dogs to work with me. Its always fun on a dogs first day, we always end up hearing from the owners at least once or twice on the dogs first day. I always take some pictures of them playing on the digital camera to show them when they pick up their dog. We also like to warn them of the daycare coma as we like to call it, lol. The dog will probably pass out all night and possibly the next day too!
 

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I'm so glad it went well on his first day. I know that anxious feeling well. I'm a big fan of doggie daycare, though, as long as you find a place in which your dog feels comfortable. With the right staff, it's a much more controlled environment than a dog park and dogs get to be dogs.

One thing we've noticed is that once she's comfortable in a place, she doesn't do the coma dog thing as much any more. She comes home and is still raring to go for another 1-2 hours with us, which is nice. She then sleeps like the dead all night but bounces back in the morning and wants to have a go all over again.
 

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Yeah, most of the dogs don't go into the daycare coma once they get used to coming. We did have one person accuse us of drugging her dog. She took the dog to the vet and ran bloodwork and of course it all came out clean, the vet told her the dog was just tired:)
 
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