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    I can tell when people go on holidays and employ the visiting carers. The carers arrive each morning/and/or evening - maybe, if they're good, they exercise and feed the dog. the rest of the time, the dog is in the backyard, either bored out of it's brain - and barks, or is locked out of the house where it usually resides - so barks. I don't really think that it is a viable solution to the problem of what you do with your dog when you go on holidays. Personally, I would prefer to have someone come into my home and care for it and my dog. Usually, if I can't take my dog, I don't go. Simple as that. I have put my dog into board, and come back to find her rather depressed. She was cared for, but didn't get the interaction she was used to. Took a couple of weeks to get back into routine.

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    I'm very fortunate to have friends who will take my dog in when we have to go away without her. I too always try to take her but it's just not always possible. We occasionally have to go interstate to see a specialist for example and it's near impossible to find dog friendly accommodation in that town.

    I also regularly go overseas to visit relatives.

    I minded a friend's dog for 3 weeks a while back. So that's quite a few weekends that they can now mind ours to return the favour. I recently saw an ad of someone suggesting a dog minding swap. It's a great solution. There are also paid services like that. People who will mind your dog at their home for a fee.

    The 2 times I got a house sitter for the dog were a disaster. First time was with my previous dog who was way too attached to me. After I left she refused to leave the house, even to relieve herself. She just watched the door, waiting for me to come back. After a few days I had to call a friend who knew her well to go pick her up and take her to his place.

    Second time, with my current dog, the dog was fine but the house sitters all but thrashed the place and got me in trouble with the landlords. They also were slack with feeding the pets though fortunately not to the point where they were starving. And I doubt they ever walked the dog and she had clearly been starved of attention. Never again will I get house sitters I don't know!

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    Hi Jorjie,

    For these reasons exactly, I mind dogs for clients at my OWN house. If a client is going away for a holiday (or work), they simply drop their dog off with me along with food (if they don't want them eating what I provide free of charge) and their bed or blanket, something familiar for them.

    This way you aren't opening your house up to strangers and your dog gets looked after full time while socialising with other dogs. They get exercised daily to the park or a day trip tot he beach (unless it's 40+ degrees like today) and they still maintain their manners and obedience, if not improve it, during their stay.

    We do offer the "pet-check" service like you described, but if it's any more than 3 days and/or they don't have a dog door for inside outside access in their home, I won't offer the pet check service. It's not fair on the dog.

    And if you're worried about your dog being afraid/anxious about staying somewhere new or they don't normally get along with dogs, there's no need to worry. As a trainer, we are trained to manage that and help the dog overcome their insecurities.

    Perhaps you could suggest something similar to your neighbours (I assume that is who you are referring).

    NB: I'm not trying to promote myself or services, just trying to show you that there's options out there other than what you have described.

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    Mine are bulletproof to any changes that happen so they will happily go with whatever is happening.
    That is why I have never had nor will I ever have a strict routine with them or any dogs.
    Admittedly I am on a farm so neighbours are no problem and they have each other to occupy them. Before we built the pen the 2 younger ones were boarded at 9 months when we had to do away.

    If I was in town, had one or two dogs I would board them.
    I could relax knowing they were not annoying the neighbours and we would get back into our non routine when we all returned.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pawfectionist View Post
    Hi Jorjie,
    For these reasons exactly, I mind dogs for clients at my OWN house. If a client is going away for a holiday (or work), they simply drop their dog off with me along with food (if they don't want them eating what I provide free of charge) and their bed or blanket, something familiar for them.
    Just wondering if you need special insurance for providing this service?

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