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    As most know I have a GREAT pet sitter who looks after Poppy in her own home when we have to go away.

    We are going away this weekend and I am really torn because our wonderful sitter is not available.

    I've contacted another 2 companies that have individuals or families who work for them as pet minders and have the dogs in their home. They are police checked, trained, and of course dog lovers with the support of the bigger company.

    I also have been reccomended a kennel by my vet and a few other people in our area.

    Last time we went away Poppy got VERY stressed and we THINK it caused run's and vomitting. She also ate some food which wasn't hers which could of added to it all.

    So, my question is...what would you do? Pet sitter or kennel?

    Staying home isn't an option so please don't tell me I should be doing that...I don't need the added guilt trip!!!

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    It's much of a muchness really, Amy, IMO.

    I've seen some pretty crook kennels, but then again I've seen some damned good ones where the dog is treated like royalty, and everything is clean and spick and span.

    I guess my choice would come down towhat each method offers.
    For instance, check out the kennel that you vet has recommended. You'll KNOW once you visit it, put it that way!
    Check out the pet-sitters, ask questions and ensure Poppy is going to be in an environment that is okay with you.

    Edited to add: On a side note, if you feel that you may need to leave Poppy somewhere several times throughout the year, stress-wise, it is always best (IMO) to find a place where Poppy can go every time. That SOOOO alleviates the stress-factor it's not funny.

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    i would check the kennels out and go from there

    I have worked in kennels and am a Pet Sitter, I am happy with both methods

    Sadly we have no good kennels around here, and the other pet sitters i would not ever use, so I am stuffed when I go away (I dont bring animals into my home - i go and visit them a few times a day in their own house)

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    Basically what DA said, unless you can get someone to mind Poppy in your home then I suggest a place that she can get familiar with.

    Also bear in mind that the symptoms that Poppy showed last time are very common. This may also lessen as she matures

    If you want to see a kennel at it's worse visit in the morning. If you arrive in the afternoon the kennel should be clean and if it's not go somewhere else.

    I've looked after dogs that have thrived on the activity of kennels, others have stressed but you've seen them improve and settle down if their stay is longer than a few days.

    I've looked after dogs that have had ongoing illnesses that had they been mine I would never have gone on holiday in the first place but they cope amazingly well.

    Good kennel staff can read the signs of stress and act accordingly.

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    im worried about kennels too. gyps was a very depressed scared dog at the rspca and they said they could not have kept her much longer because she just couldnt cope in that environment....but what if we have to go away? i couldnt happily put her in a kennel where i knew she would not be happy. thankfully ive got good house mates who look after her when its needed but i couldnt ask them to do that for more thana few days
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    ;Thanks guys.

    I hope the perhaps she will cope better this time as she is that bit older and A LOT more confident than she was when we last left her.

    I just organised to go and see the kennel this afternoon.

    I know our current pet sitter really well, as do most of you, and am so at ease with leaving her there BUT I don't know that I would feel that way about another sitter. Just because really I would be leaving her in a strangers house.

    I guess the good thing about the kennel is that they are licensed and inspected by our local council, QGRA, RSPCA and Pet Boarders & Groomers Association of Queensland.

    Other than looking for cleanliness what else should I look for this afternoon?

    What things should I ask?

    Thanks

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    Well, the usual is, what and when will they be fed?

    Can I bring my own food? I don't know if you want to supply your own or not.

    How long will they go out in the exercise yards?

    Are the exercise sessions supervised?

    Will she be housed with another dog or on her own? Different kennels have different policies, but I find most dogs do well with another two dogs in the same run.

    Will you call my vet or your vet should something go wrong?

    Does anyone live on the premises?

    When I can drop my dog off and pick her up?

    Do you charge per calendar day or on night stays?

    What bedding is supplied. I personally don't like kennels where people bring their own stuff as the other dogs have a tendency to either chew it or mark their territory on it because it smells different than the remainder of the kennel. Whereas bedding supplied by the kennels is washed daily with no worries about having to keep it separate so it doesn't get muddled up and lost.

    Is it the kennel staff who show you around or the manager/owner. I like it when the supervisor/staff shows you around, their the ones who will get to know your dog. Look and see if they speak to the other dogs and know them by name. If it's the owner who shows you around then IMO the staff are run off their feet and probably aren't allowed to stop long enough to show a potential client around.

    Expect it to be loud when a visitor comes thru, but believe me the dogs get to know when it's just the staff and are normally pretty quiet.

    Look to see if the dogs are happy, if there are toys in the younger dogs runs.

    Oh and if you do go for a kennel, don't fuss over Poppy as you leave. Pick her up and pass her to the kennel assistant and leave quietly.
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    Lol. basically what MAC has already covered.

    Amy, ask a lot of questions. Do not forget YOu are their possible client, not the other way around.

    If you have a set diet for Poppy, ensure the kennel staff are ppl who will respect that. Your dog, your wishes.

    Will your girl get exercised daily, and if so by whom, where, how etc?

    I'm not against Pet Sitters who come to your own property, I think they are great, and I know Angela usually is available and does a great job - but...

    I just feel that a good kenneling facility is something you can't go past. They get to know your dog, they get to know you and what your beliefs/wishes are, and often many dogs over time of recurring visits start to feel it is a great holiday for them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Well, the usual is, what and when will they be fed?

    Can I bring my own food? I don't know if you want to supply your own or not.

    How long will they go out in the exercise yards?

    Are the exercise sessions supervised?

    Will she be housed with another dog or on her own? Different kennels have different policies, but I find most dogs do well with another two dogs in the same run.

    Will you call my vet or your vet should something go wrong?

    Does anyone live on the premises?

    When I can drop my dog off and pick her up?

    Do you charge per calendar day or on night stays?

    What bedding is supplied. I personally don't like kennels where people bring their own stuff as the other dogs have a tendency to either chew it or mark their territory on it because it smells different than the remainder of the kennel. Whereas bedding supplied by the kennels is washed daily with no worries about having to keep it separate so it doesn't get muddled up and lost.

    Is it the kennel staff who show you around or the manager/owner. I like it when the supervisor/staff shows you around, their the ones who will get to know your dog. Look and see if they speak to the other dogs and know them by name. If it's the owner who shows you around then IMO the staff are run off their feet and probably aren't allowed to stop long enough to show a potential client around.

    Expect it to be loud when a visitor comes thru, but believe me the dogs get to know when it's just the staff and are normally pretty quiet.

    Look to see if the dogs are happy, if there are toys in the younger dogs runs.

    Oh and if you do go for a kennel, don't fuss over Poppy as you leave. Pick her up and pass her to the kennel assistant and leave quietly.
    Thanks MAC. Their website says dogs are kennelled seperately so I was assuming I could take Poppy's crate along and pop it into her kennel?

    I was also assuming I would take my own food and her toys?

    They said to come between 3pm and 4pm. Is that a normal sort of thing? To restrict inspection times?

    I will remember to ask LOTS of Q's! Thanks for all the tips!

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Lol. basically what MAC has already covered.

    Amy, ask a lot of questions. Do not forget YOu are their possible client, not the other way around.

    If you have a set diet for Poppy, ensure the kennel staff are ppl who will respect that. Your dog, your wishes.

    Will your girl get exercised daily, and if so by whom, where, how etc?

    I'm not against Pet Sitters who come to your own property, I think they are great, and I know Angela usually is available and does a great job - but...

    I just feel that a good kenneling facility is something you can't go past. They get to know your dog, they get to know you and what your beliefs/wishes are, and often many dogs over time of recurring visits start to feel it is a great holiday for them!
    Thanks DA. Thats great to know! It makes me feel A LOT better about having to leave Poppy in a Kennel. I do prefer Poppy to be with AGB. She actually goes to her home not stays at ours which I guess made me feel really secure because she was only 14 weeks last time we went away.

    I got a response from the pet sitting company. They have a family who sounded great but the company wouldn't let me meet with them unless I paid aa $50 booking fee! I wasn't happy to do that incase I wasn't happy with the sitters.

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    Um, I wouldn't go near that pet-sitting company either Amy.

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