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    Just wondering what you all do when you go away and can't take your dog with you? My dog is a velcro dog, and I am worried that anything we do will be very traumatising for her when we go to Tasmania for a week in January.

    We think she would be miserable in a kennel, so we asked my partner's mum if she would come and stay for a week and she said she couldn't, but she might consider having the dog at her place for the week, depending on how her cat reacts to her cat when we visit with the dog in the near future.

    The other option is to have someone come in the morning and feed and walk her, and then have someone else do the same thing in the afternoon, but she will still be left alone for most of the day and all night.

    My partner doesn't want a professional pet sitter in the house.

    I also looked into taking her with us to Tasmania, but for some reason animals have to travel in the cargo area. In Europe where I'm from they allow animals in carriers under the seat in front on domestic flights...

    So what do you do??

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    If you chose to put her in a Kennel you could always give her a 'trial' there, Put her in there for a day or 2 and see how she goes. Obviously if she freaks out you can then put effort into another of your ideas. I know my brothers dogs love going to the kennels. You never know, if you find the right one she might be ok.

    Get her used to the idea that when you leave you will be coming back. Obviously if you never go away and then suddenly leave her she will freak out a bit. I've had the same problem with Kimba..
    I stay at my bfs for a few days at a time and my mum says she mopes around the house and gets excited if she hears a V8 go past, thinking its me..

    Kimba knows I will be back but I think she just likes to make me feel bad..lol

    My neighbours used to get us to walk, feed, play and even just sit at their house for a few hours with their dog. I guess that's half way between what a pet sitter would do and just someone feeding her.

    I'm lucky that I have a number of people who will take Kimba for me but if I had to choose out of your options in order I'd go-

    Partners mum, (Pet-sitter) Kennels, feed/walker..

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    I usually ask my mum or dad to look after them in the rare case I don't bring them with me.
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    I had 2 of mine in a kennel for 5 days and the other over at my father in law's farm for 5 days when we were away. e now have a huge pen done that they can race around in, it has trees and a shed. All three will be in that for just over 2 weeks starting on Saturday with FIL coming in daily to feed them, the cats and birds.

    We always think they will be traumatised as they love us so much but in truth, dogs adapt.

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    I agree with Sharoo.
    You know your dogs best. I would have someone come to the house. Jan is hot so I would tee up that they pop in a few times just to check.
    As for kennels I would do an inspection first, maybe 2 or 3 at different time of the week. Ask them things like how do you clean the pens? Some hose them out while the dogs are still in them, what products do you use to clean with? If you're not supplying them with your own food and they advertise that they are feeding them a premium food ask to see it. I think you would get a feel for a place if you chose to that way.
    Good Luck.

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    Our dog either goes to the kennel, or DH's grandma's place (she has a dog too, and they get on quite well).

    If you can find a good kennel, that might be best, there will be other dogs to talk to all day. We considered having someone come around for a walk but I don't like her being alone that long.

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    We have always left our dogs at home with either neighbours or a family friend coming to walk/feed them... Having said that, the entire family hasn't been away since 04. I can't go on holidays because of my HA dog.


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    Thanks, I feel a bit reassured about the kennel now. I just need to find a really good one where she would get heaps of human contact and get to play with other dogs as well...

    Anyone know any good ones around Brisbane, preferably northside?

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    I have worked in kennels for over 2 years, and done pet sitting for 6 years, out of every dog i have met, only ONE didnt cope with the arrangements.
    I would hire a pet sitter that knows what they are doing, or kennel the dogs


    ETA: I would also NEVER take my dogs into a kennel where they run with other dogs, too much risk of something happening, I hated group play time where I worked and dogs did get hurt from time to time and there was nothing you could do about it.

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