Just this second I turned down a potential boarding client for my daycare. There are two dogs - a Lab mix and a BC mix. Both are outside dogs. The owner said that they chew the drywall even while they're asleep in the basement at night. She insisted that they do this.
So, I hang my daycare shingle out with the presumption that I deal well with such dogs - I start doing well with such dogs and get great feedback, yet now turn down potential clients with dogs with issues because I'm getting plenty of easier dogs.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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So, I hang my daycare shingle out with the presumption that I deal well with such dogs - I start ... get great feedback, yet now turn down potential clients with dogs with issues because I'm getting plenty of easier dogs.

Are you feeling angst about this? I know you've talked about some of your regulars who have some pretty big issues my secret crush Petey comes to mind maybe you just don't want to be dealing with issues all day AND all night? That seems pretty reasonable to me. You're doing a lot for dogs, and I think it's important to set whatever limits you need in order to continue doing what you love.
Also, the fact that they are outdoor dogs maybe you prefer owners who have a bit more buy-in at the outset?
If I've misread you, my apologies. You just sounded like you were questioning your decision.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
Also, the fact that they are outdoor dogs maybe you prefer owners who have a bit more buy-in at the outset?

Yup. But I also like to give such dogs a chance and prove to the owners that their dogs aren't untrainable.
If I've misread you, my apologies. You just sounded like you were questioning your decision.

You read me right. It's probably a good thing that their number didn't show up on my call display - I'd likely be changing my decision. Oh well, my dogs come first, and it's not a good thing to have too many difficult dogs in at one time, especially for overnight.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Also, the fact that they are outdoor dogs maybe you prefer owners who have a bit more buy-in at the outset?

I think an owner who is looking to get their outside dogs into daycare scores alot of points for that decision. If they just didn't care or didn't have much investment in the dogs then they wouldn't be bothering with daycare IMO.

Tara
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I think an owner who is looking to get their outside dogs into daycare scores alot of points for that decision.

Yes, they do.
In this case though, it was longer term boarding.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I think an owner who is looking to get their outside dogs into daycare scores alot of points for that decision.

Yes, they do. In this case though, it was longer term boarding.

Have I been mistaken about you running a daycare all this time or are you doing both daycare & boarding?

Tara
"Tee" (Email Removed) said in
In this case though, it was longer term boarding.

Have I been mistaken about you running a daycare all this time or are you doing both daycare & boarding?

To get over typical business start-up problems, I took in boarding clients last Christmas ("hooking" them for future daycare) and still do it for regular daycare clients and friends. It's not something I encourage, though (my dogs need their own time), but this one struck me differently as dogs perhaps needing a bit of a "vacation."
In retrospect, it's probably a good thing that I didn't take them in - from my conversation with the owner, this would have been a one-time deal with little chance for owner/dog education/training.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Have I been mistaken about you running a daycare all this time or are you doing both daycare & boarding?

To get over typical business start-up problems, I took in boarding clients last Christmas ("hooking" them for future daycare) and ... - from my conversation with the owner, this would have been a one-time deal with little chance for owner/dog education/training.[/nq]It would have frustrated you to just be a place to dump the dogs because even the backyard won't work when the owners are on vacation. When I am working with kids, there are never enough hours in the day to help all the kids in a particular school who could use help. I am pretty rigid about not wasting time with kids who want to complain but not to do what they can to fix the problem.

If I can't help them because they aren't willing to do their part, then I have to use that time for someone who can use my help. I don't think your own dogs or the limited space at your place is best used on owners who will not get a clue regardless and dogs who can't be "turned around" magically when no one backs anything up once they leave your house.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
Paula (Email Removed) said in
I don't think your own dogs or the limited space at your place is best used on owners who will not get a clue regardless and dogs who can't be "turned around" magically when no one backs anything up once they leave your house.

Aye, but there's my conundrum. I believe in such magic - though it's not going to be at the expense of my relationship with my dogs.
Dogs, as opposed to the kids you deal with, are way more forgiving, I think. A tired and happy dog after a good day, going home to an untenable situation, is perhaps much more forgiving than a human equivalent (of which I know little about).
I've seen dogs turned around without a whole lot of effort on the part of their owners. Sometimes, all it takes is shift in perception by the owner - like "Hey, this dog isn't always destructive.", or "Hey, this dog gives me 5! Wait'll I show my friends." I can do that.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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