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    Default Dog minded by friends and food

    We will be going on a 3 week trip with my sister who is coming over from Europe with her family. This will be very 'touristy' trip with a motorhome, so Banjo can't come. Some very nice friends have agreed to look after her and I'm sure she will be fine there, though I will miss her like mad and worry about her of course.

    But my main issue is with the food. My friends have a labrador who eats dry food only. I feel I cannot possibly ask them to feed Banjo her usual mince + Phuds. I think I'll even feel guilty for asking them to give her can food. And I would worry about the effect on her gut when she is switched to commercial can food suddenly.

    Any tips?

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    How long until your trip? I'm no expert but would maybe suggest buying a good quality dry food like black hawk or nutro and slowly transitioning her onto that over a few weeks before you leave then giving your friends a bag of that for her to be fed while you're away. It's always difficuilt going away- I usually make my dogs dinners up, put them in take-away plastic containers and freeze them for my friends to feed but it might be a bit too much for 3 weeks! I'm sure being on just dry food for 3 weeks won't hurt Banjo, you could even buy a bag of bones and ask your friends to give one to Banjo every few days

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    But I'll feel so sorry for her then! Doh, I wish I wasn't such a softie...

    I'm hoping I can still find someone who can mind her at home and then I could just freeze her meals.

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    I freeze all Frosty's meals. I check with friend / kennel that they have sufficient space. It's been all good so far. Except I usually supply one extra day's worth of rations - so she got double dinner on her last day at the RSPCA... oops.

    Also - I recommend leaving her for a weekend at your friend's place - before you intend to travel - just to check they can cope - because you need to know that (or have a back up plan with a kennel), before you go or your holiday is really going to suck.

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    They have minded her before for a few days and she was fine.

    I doubt they would have that much space in their freezer though and I don't know how they would cope with the logistics of one dog being on a dry food weight loss diet (labs, ey) and one getting fancy raw meat dinners?

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    LOL..When our dogs were looked after the tuckerbox full of frozen ready made food arrived too..they were quite happy and even changed theri dog to RAW after they looked after ours .........We often look after their dogs too.
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    If they don't have the freezer space (and you can't loan it to them) it's not going to work. But your dog should not be sharing food with their dog - they should be separated for dinner time. So what each one eats - shouldn't be a problem.

    I looked after two beagles for a friend. The younger one had been stealing the older one's food and the older one had been losing a lot of weight while the younger one was getting very fat, so I separated them for meal time. And I threw the younger one's food in a treat ball and all across the back yard - so she'd take the same time to eat her ration hunting for it as the older one took to eat hers from her bowl.

    Glad you've had a trial run with the friends doing the minding... My dog ended up at kennel backup cos my friends couldn't cope.

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    I really am not precious about my feeding habbits with my dogs going out the window for times we are away. It will not kill them and makes it easier for the inlaws looking after them. Dogs will probably eat too much, again, not life threatening for a couple of weeks.

    I have a pretty regulated way in what I do with them but while we are away the dogs will have dry food to graze on at will. They will also be given a bone each day. They will be locked in the dog yard.
    There won't be any different food, just available to free feed on the dry.

    When I get back we will go back to normal. Jodi will recommence her walking with me.

    If I was to look after someone else's dog I would feed them as they wanted me to and do feeds separately from mine.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    You could provide enough mince so that a couple of scoops of mince could be added to the dry kibble. Alternatively maybe you should buy a small bag of what they feed their dog and change your pups food over a week or so.
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    Firstly, why dont you just ask them whether they mind doing it or not?

    Secondly, tough luck for the dog on dry...thats what he gets fed. Like a lab gives a shit, theyll eat anything. As long as hes got food, he probably doesnt care what your dog is eating LOL

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