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    Hi everyone. I'm new to the site. I just wanted some advice. My husband and I are going to Malaysia for our honeymoon at the end of June and we need to leave our two beautiful beagles, Chloe and Darcy, behind. We have booked them into a kennel (they have stayed at this kennel before but for only four nights - this time it will be 10 nights) but one of the ladies who works at our local vet doesn't like the idea of kennels and says we should think about getting the dogs minded by a pet sitter who would come to our home. What do you think?

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    I prefer to have a family member stay at my home if we all go away for a holiday.. Failing that, we know a lady who has a dog wash business who can visit each day to feed and water the pups..
    To be honest, A kennel would be my last choice if I could not find any other arrangment..
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    Ditto, Mitte.

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    Either is fine. Both ways make sure the dogs are looked after. Mine are vaccinated to the kennel level. I would be quite happy with them being there should they need to be but I do prefer my son coming out here and living in. If I had a sitter I would want to be able to trust them 100%. If not, into the kennels they would go.

    Real answer is whatever gives you the most peace of mind so you can relax and enjoy your holiday. You can always ask to have a look over the kennels in advance too.

    Edit, they have already stayed there so you must be ok with them to consider boarding them there again.
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    Agree with Di.

    I've worked in kennels and I've also had my dog minded at my home by a person that feeds and walks the dogs.

    Really I think it depends on the dog and the type of kennel or minder you can get.

    If your dogs are used to staying outside, are fed outside etc then a minder is great, not much change to the dogs routine.

    if your dog is a worrier, sleeps inside, eats inside etc, suffers from anxiety and such then a kennel may be best.

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    If they were ok after the 4 days, then they will be ok after 10 days.

    I haven't used a kennel yet personally, but my mum has used them for when she has gone on holidays and she uses them to send her males off when her bitches are in season sometimes (for males that go over the top for a bitch)

    Individual kennels do things differently so just make sure you are happy with that particular kennels routine, schedule and how they treat the dogs.

    Leaving some personal items are a good idea... take your dogs own blankets and toys to make them feel a bit more secure.

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    I actually think there can be more peace of mind with a kennel. depends on your individual situation of course. But some dogs are deeply unhappy being at home with their owners away, and escapes can be possible from the best fenced backyards if a dog is really upset or determined.

    With a kennel they're supervised and secure. Some dog sitting services consist of people actually staying at your place and housesitting as well which is different. But I don't think I'd be comfortable with either.

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    Thanks everyone. They seemed to be ok when they stayed at the kennel last time but who really knows? I don't think the kennel employees would really say whether the pups were distressed or not. Our beagles are inside dogs (except when we are at work) and are used to being with us, especially before bed time. My feeling is that at least they are safe at the kennels - I am just concerned that they will be feeling sad.

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    No doubt they will miss you. But a good kennel will have activities and playtime stuff for them to do which will help. Think about kids going to school camp - they miss their family yes, but they are generally so busy they don't have time to think about it too much!

    Plus they'll be over the moon when you get back!!

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    When I worked in kennels we would be upfront and let owners know how long it took the dog to settle.

    People would also ring to see how there dog was going.

    And if they never did we would also be honest and say so. But generally these type of dogs were the ones that wouldn't settle with anyone but there owner anyway and were by far much safer in a kennel environment.

    You'd be surprised how many of them, once away from their owners settled in nicely in a day or two.

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