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OK gonna throw this out there... any of you on here take your pups to doggie day care? If you do have you ran into any situations where your dog had scratches and cuts on them when you picked them up?

Trying to gauge whether or not I have unrealistic expectations for "monitored play"
 

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And when I say scratches and cuts I mean to the neck and under chin, throat area from what was described as another dog with razor sharp teeth and rough play . Which was apparently allowed to go on for awhile from looks of my girl.
 

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LOL ... Boxers in Day Care! I have no idea what happened here?? How is your dog behaving after you pick her up??

If she's fine ... then most likely any injuries are caused by her. Lot's of Daycares don't want to deal with Boxers! Boxers are usually the first dogs asked ... not to come back!

Spinning, circling other dogs at high speed, punching them in the face (Boxers) and trying to knock them over ... depending on who they play with yeah there gonna get marked up. :)

Most Doggie Daycares, don't want the hassle ... take your dog and don't come back ... Thank You.

Not saying that is the case here ...but most likely it is a factor. :)
 

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Chip I was quite sure you would be responding...lol...
Actually I think I have such high expectations as I normally take her to facility where she goes to training for day care and it is a completely different atmosphere. Took her yesterday out of necessity to a place she has been before.

And I get the whole boxer handful as she is all puppy ...
 

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I take my dog to day care one every week or two. I've had no problems with them asking me not to come back, having scratches, etc. They say she is very even tempered and one of the easier dogs. However, she lives in a house with 3 other smaller dogs one being a puppy. I take her to play with "the big dogs." They put them in groups of their temperament since they don't want dogs to fail. So far so good.
 

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We take ours to day care occasionally, with no problems. They are popular with the staff and love it there. I like that there are live webcams in every play area so I can poke in and watch how things are going. I have seen them isolate dogs in a "time out" ... Including my two once ... If they feel things are getting too rough. They didn't make a big deal of it and mine were happy as usual when I picked them up and happy to go back they next day. There are quite a few boxers there too which I think helps.
 

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OK so I see The Blammos post and the place I took her also has live cams which I watched and saw the employee seperate them once then turn his back and got out the gate and do other things not paying much attention. That is where my issue really comes in. The marks are not from what appears one minor overzealous moment.

As for her temperament I have been told by her trainer and staff that she has the best boxer personailty. She loves people and loves to play , play,play..
 

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Yes I bring my dog to day care once or twice a week and I don't have a problem with it. He really loves it. It helps them to socialize with the other.
 

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I also get daycare for my Dog Ronny. I live in Middlesex and there is an amazing dog care facility called Camp Bow Wow.
I have been getting service from them for a year but never experienced anything like this. Every time I find my puppy happier.

Maybe you should try changing your daycare. Try some professional and reliable services.
 

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I used daycare for my previous dog Jaxson and he loved it! There were sometimes 3 other boxers to play with but he absolutely loved it. I enjoyed all the artwork he "made" for me there and now he is gone I have those wonderful pictures he "made" for me I treasure each of them. He got to get a lot of good socialization there too. I was only told once that they had a problem with him and really I think it was the other dog but he would come home with scratches on him sometimes but I know they play rough. The current boxers I have now are young my female has been to daycare she was on the shy side about it because she is a submissive dog my current male has never been since he is not neutered yet the vet recommends waiting until he is 15mos old.
 

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OK gonna throw this out there... any of you on here take your pups to doggie day care? If you do have you ran into any situations where your dog had scratches and cuts on them when you picked them up?

Trying to gauge whether or not I have unrealistic expectations for "monitored play"
Scout does come home from daycare sometimes with some scratches and nicks. From what I've seen on the webcams it's good-natured, but rough play, and she definitely hands it out as well and is capable of outrunning most of the dogs she plays with, but she keeps coming back for more.

The staff where we go are always in the room and are great at monitoring things, and giving a dog a "timeout" if things are getting out of hand.

That being said, dogs will be dogs, and Boxers will be Boxers, so there always is the possibility of an injury.

I understand why some don't like these open play areas, and even our vet recommends against them. But the socialization has been great for Scout, and I can't see having her locked up in crate when we need to board her for the day or overnight.
 

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Luckily I'm fortunate enough to work from home and don't have to worry about the doggy daycare thing.

Although I could see the daycare workers freaking out with how boxers play if they didn't know any better.

This is Zuke and his buddy having a blast. I don't think this would be tolerated at those places.
 

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I have also found that daycare workers do not mostly understand Boxers, they just play rough and once charged up they stay on a full charge for awhile. But once they are done they sack out like nobodies business! I no longer use daycare since I have two young dogs they keep each other entertained. One thing I don't like about daycare is it can be hard on your house training efforts there is no way one or two attendants can keep up with all those dogs having to go out plus they are running and drinking lots of water. Another thing I don't like is when there is a lot of ball throwing and leaping in the air activities my boy came home lame one day he got overly excited with the bubbles and was jumping too much. It was good for dog socialization though and letting other people handle him.
 

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I used daycare for my previous dog Jaxson and he loved it! There were sometimes 3 other boxers to play with but he absolutely loved it. I enjoyed all the artwork he "made" for me there and now he is gone I have those wonderful pictures he "made" for me I treasure each of them. He got to get a lot of good socialization there too.
I saw your story about your other dogs. And I want to also extend my sympathies for your loss. They were both way to young by all standards but sadly that is not uncommon with this breed ... it would seem. And again sorry for your loss.


I was only told once that they had a problem with him and really I think it was the other dog but he would come home with scratches on him sometimes but I know they play rough. The current boxers I have now are young my female has been to daycare she was on the shy side about it because she is a submissive dog my current male has never been since he is not neutered yet the vet recommends waiting until he is 15mos old.
Aww well, as I am want to say (and am finding out currently, much to my dismay, (this dog, is not your other dog(s) sigh ...

That said is she still going to "Day Care" and how she is she doing??? Is she still going and how she is she coping with it?? If she is doing well, then never mind. :)

But if not?? Well a submissive, "assuming" that is an accurate assessment?? Female Would be my well my number two dog that I would not send off to "Doggy Care!?? Number one, would off course be a "Dominate Male Dog! With rare exception most doggy Day Cares are not staffed with "Dog Trainers??" They tend to want easy going "Balanced Dog's." Hassle free dogs as it were, they aren't looking to make waves as it were. They don't crap but they don't start crap either! The trouble makers are "Dominate Dogs (Male or Female) and a ...side note and another story ... you don't want to tick off the females!) :)

As they look for and can (if given the opportunity) start trouble! And typically the usual "victims" are "Submissive Dogs!"Now if the "Doggy Day Care" is competent, that won't be a problem If crap starts to go "sideways" and they are right on top of it ... no big deal! Been there done that with a Dominate Male and a Dominate Female as it happens.

BUT ... if there is no one there to advocate for your girl?? Then "YOU" are gonna have to "deal with the ramifications" of a "bad day" at doggy care! And a side note ... you really, really do not want to see a "Female Boxer" lose it! The females are can be kinda complicated??? I've seen it with my "Struddel" twice and she was a "Sweetheart!" :)

And aside from her ... the scariest Box I have ever seen was uh safely on leash and behind a wrought iron fence! I asked the owners to bring her out on a walk with my Rocky ... 113 Lb Working Line GSD! And she stared at him like he was raw meat!

That was a scary freaking Boxer!!! I would suggest ... that if she is truly "Submissive??" You leave her at home with her buddy, where she is happy! If she is truly submissive?? You can work on that "issue" later.

And if you have two dogs ... then you have twice as much work to do anyway cuz each dog needs to be "trained alone!" If they are always trained together well no will learn "stuff" and the other "keys off" the one! I saw that happen?? :)

In any case "Welcome aboard" and sorry for your loss. :(
 

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Scout does come home from daycare sometimes with some scratches and nicks. From what I've seen on the webcams it's good-natured, but rough play, and she definitely hands it out as well and is capable of outrunning most of the dogs she plays with, but she keeps coming back for more.

The staff where we go are always in the room and are great at monitoring things, and giving a dog a "timeout" if things are getting out of hand.

That being said, dogs will be dogs, and Boxers will be Boxers, so there always is the possibility of an injury.

I understand why some don't like these open play areas, and even our vet recommends against them. But the socialization has been great for Scout, and I can't see having her locked up in crate when we need to board her for the day or overnight.
If she is happy at the "Day Care" and your not having "issues??" That is fine. :)

And I know nothing of your circumstances?? Are you guys living is a house or a 13 floor apartment with no balcony??

At any rate ... even though I know an adult dog can spend 8 hours a day in a crate ... that is not something I can do! And I can state that as fact cuz well ... I "de-crate" trained our recent APBT/Boxer mix. Sigh ... I trained the Crate at night thing when we first got her ... she was fine ... I could not handle it. So even though she spent the first year of her life being crated at least 8 hours a day. That no longer happens!

I have issues still with her on recall as in she won't! But ... we can now leave her out about in the home when we are gone without issue. And uh she won't try and kill the cats ... another story.

But if your good and she is fine with "Doggy Care" then never mind but if your only doing cuz you feel ... you have no option ... that's another story. :)
 

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Luckily I'm fortunate enough to work from home and don't have to worry about the doggy daycare thing.

Although I could see the daycare workers freaking out with how boxers play if they didn't know any better.

This is Zuke and his buddy having a blast. I don't think this would be tolerated at those places.
LOL I could not imagine dealing with more than one (Boxer)at a time?? Struddell with Gunther and then Rocky was uh freaking insane! She would sound like a "Hell Hound!" But as the saying goes ... all sound and fury signifying nothing! Boxers ... you know. :)
 

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LOL I could not imagine dealing with more than one (Boxer)at a time?? Struddell with Gunther and then Rocky was uh freaking insane! She would sound like a "Hell Hound!" But as the saying goes ... all sound and fury signifying nothing! Boxers ... you know. :)
lol. Yeah, Zuke is pretty quiet, Bruno his buddy is mouthy and a talker. Its funny how they can be so different.

Been on vacation Chip? Haven't seen you around in awhile.
 

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I don't take my girl to daycare anymore and haven't for awhile I decided it wasn't for her and not because she was being beat up but because while she likes to visit I don't think she was having fun like my other dog did he had a blast. I took her because I was having crate issues and I do have to go out to the store once in awhile she had pretty bad crate anxiety and I tried all the cures for it and I just couldn't put her thru it anymore she always slept with me at night so I would know when she had to go out when she was little I have done that with all 6 of my boxers even if it means getting up all night with them. My recent male also had pretty severe crate problems again I tried all the remedies they did not work and coming home to a poop smeared dog and giving a bath was getting old he was pretty frantic so no more crate at all. I am happy to say my female is 1 year and 7mos. old and my male is 7mos old and I leave them home for up to 4 hours now and they are fine out in the house. I do block off rooms I don't want them in but I have had no problems so far nothing chewed no potty in the house so we are good now. I donated the crate to a dog charity and that's it! I have a good sized fenced yard they play in and I walk them 2 miles everyday so we are doing good. The daycare I did use belongs to a Vet practice and there is a Vet there at all times the daycare is open and they have a trained staff so I felt safe with that any dog showing aggression was removed and could not come back. So I would be careful what daycare to use.
 

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I don't take my girl to daycare anymore and haven't for awhile I decided it wasn't for her and not because she was being beat up but because while she likes to visit I don't think she was having fun like my other dog did he had a blast. I took her because I was having crate issues and I do have to go out to the store once in awhile she had pretty bad crate anxiety and I tried all the cures for it and I just couldn't put her thru it anymore she always slept with me at night so I would know when she had to go out when she was little I have done that with all 6 of my boxers even if it means getting up all night with them. My recent male also had pretty severe crate problems again I tried all the remedies they did not work and coming home to a poop smeared dog and giving a bath was getting old he was pretty frantic so no more crate at all. I am happy to say my female is 1 year and 7mos. old and my male is 7mos old and I leave them home for up to 4 hours now and they are fine out in the house. I do block off rooms I don't want them in but I have had no problems so far nothing chewed no potty in the house so we are good now. I donated the crate to a dog charity and that's it! I have a good sized fenced yard they play in and I walk them 2 miles everyday so we are doing good. The daycare I did use belongs to a Vet practice and there is a Vet there at all times the daycare is open and they have a trained staff so I felt safe with that any dog showing aggression was removed and could not come back. So I would be careful what daycare to use.
LOL,well I must say "OUTSTANDING!" :)
You pretty much cut me off at the knees! :)

So I don't really "need" to go on and on (which I can do.) It sounds like a that vet Doggy Day Care, is pretty good!

Although the "Pro's" deal with A hole dogs they don't just tell the owners ... not to come back. :)

It sounds like you have handle on it anyway but if you want to get away from having the having to block rooms off deal?? There is more you can do. Sit on the Dog and the Place Command! Those are pretty "go to" for "Pro's!"

Detail' can be found here ...
https://www.boxerforums.com/training/183298-fearful-anxious-flat-crazy-place-command.html

I started that thread many years ago! And I can say those things work! First hand experience with my newest dog that was a year old when we got her and she was a eight hour in the crate a day when got her!

I could not do that! So I started with a very loose interpretation of "Place" indoors and that alone was more than enough! I think all the details are there but ask questions if you need to.

I have actual "Real World" experience with this one ... with a real world ...not a hand picked puppy dog ... and it has worked out great! No Crate with a (former) 8 hour in a crate dog and damage to the home! You can't do better than that!

And "KUDO's" for taking her out of Doggy Day Care! :)
 
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