1 year old V no longer wanting to go to daycare
My dog started going to daycare around 4 months old, he's a year now and last week when I went to drop him off he refused to get out of the car. It was raining and I thought he might not feel well so I just took him to work with me. He was totally normal and loved getting all the attention from my coworkers. I brought him home on lunch and crated him until I got back from work.
I chalked it up as maybe he was just in a weird mood, and wanted to spend the day with me (we are very attached to one another). I tried to take him to daycare yesterday, but the same thing happened. He isn't a biter but would put his mouth on my hands as I tried to pick him up. I had his favorite trainer come out to my car, and instead of jumping out to see her, he rolled onto his belly for pets. We got him out of the car but it was heartbreaking! Its all so strange because they said once he is in there, he's fine and plays with the other dogs too.
This daycare is exceptional, and actually has 10-15 other Vizsla members. Their interview process is extensive, where they don't take any aggressive dogs so I know he was not attacked.
I was told that sometimes dogs between 6-14 months experience a "fear period" and I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience? Any suggestions on what I should do? Should I keep taking him to daycare in hopes he grows out of it, or would it be better to leave him home in the crate all day?
FYI I work full time M-F and my husband works shifts, so he goes on the days we both work (2-3 times a week).