The “Honeymoon” Period

Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines a “honeymoon period” as a period of unusual harmony, especially following the establishment of a new relationship.  We’ve all experienced this phenomenon at some point in our lives, whether with a romantic partner, at the onset of a new job, or at the start of a new school year.  But did you know that this ephemeral experience known as the “honeymoon period” is also quite prevalent in dogs attending a new daycare?  That’s right – as dogs acclimate to their new pack, they will undergo a honeymoon period that presents in a way not dissimilar to the way this concept appears in humans.  Dogs in a new setting, most often, will put their best foot – or rather, their best paw – forward, in order to garner affection, praise, and acceptance amongst a new group.  Often, it is often only after a few weeks of attendance that we will begin to see the full spectrum of behavior patterns ingrained in a dog.  These behavior patterns, knitted together, make up a dog’s true temperament.  And this is one of the many reasons that we’ve resisted establishing a single evaluation for new dogs and instead remind owners that our evaluation period is on-going through the life of our relationship.  As a honeymoon period wanes, or your dog ages, their daycare tolerance may also diminish.  This is okay.  It’s important to note that there is nothing “wrong” with your dog if this happens. In fact, it’s quite common.  The important thing to remember is that as sentient creatures, the social development of a dog will be contextual and nuanced.  And we’re here to help you navigate every meandering turn.


Honeymoon more.  Jet lag less.

Wag more.  Bark less.



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