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    So I am going on a holiday to NZ in two weeks, for two weeks, and we have a friend house sitting while we are away. She has her own dog and horses, so looking after the animals aren't a problem. But the thing is, Lacey is like a sponge and I don't want her to learn any bad habits while I am away. Jenny's (the house sitter) own Lab is badly overweight, like I wouldn't be surprised if she had a heart attack right now. I have never seen a dog with double chins before.

    So what should I do to make sure Jenny does things right? Looking after Lacey is a full time job for me - there are lots of things to keep in mind. I'm going to miss my baby so much! I wouldn't go on holiday, but tickets are already paid for. So what are your suggestions? We are moving house on the eleventh so I'm not exactly sure how everything is going to work, i.e whee Lacey will sleep, where she will be fed and where her pen will go etc. I was thinking about maybe writing some instructions? Like what to do if she shows bad manners, house rules and feeding times etc. I guess we will buy all her food and bones and stuff before we go and we will freeze the bones.

    I'm so worried! She won't be in her socialisation period anymore, she will be in her fear period so I have to make sure that she doesn't have any bad experiences. Jenny doesn't have any young kids, only an 18 yo daughter.

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    She'll be about 15-16 weeks when we leave... So just at the end of her fear period. Mum said Jenny will most likely bring Rosie, her lab over, and Jenny will stay at our house for a few days before we leave to get to know the routine. Lacey has met Rosie before at a Pony Club event, and she was friendly enough, but when Lacey got in her face Rosie growled a bit. If Rosie does come, I will be there for the introduction, so what should I make sure of?

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    You need to relax. You can't plan your life and holidays around a dog. Go and enjoy all of it. It will probably be good for her to have time away from you.

    We had people watching our dog when we went away and I asked them not to do things that they did. You can't control it, only ask that they do things or not do certain things. You can write out a schedule, it might help with feeding and things.

    Trust your friend and your dog. Bad habits can be broken, and she's so young that you can correct any behavior. This woman has kids, and a dog, and you're trusting her with your house so have faith

    With the meeting of the dogs, keep them both leashed at first. Let them sniff and get to know each other. I was told by an rspca worker qualified in animal behavior that if the dog growls then don't pull the lead unless they get really nasty. Keep them away enough that they can't hurt each other though.

    It doesn't surprise me that the lab would growl at her and show her who's boss. Dogs have a natural order and they need to establish that. Rosie will most likely have a snap or two as well, but they won't hurt each other, and I'm sure Jenny will care for both of them impeccably.

    Have a great holiday!!!

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    When I go away, my pets are looked after at home here. I only leave instructions for and expect only the basic needs to be done as I don't want to burden the carer too much.
    My birds won't die if they do not get out of the cage to fly or have their grains and veges.
    Just seed and water does them just fine.
    Cats just have their dry food outside and water.
    Dogs in the pen just have their usual dry food on tap 24/7 and the carer takes out the next lot of bones to defrost on the bench when they give them the previous daily one and their water. My carer just comes once daily.

    If you are too concerned book her into a boarding kennel.

    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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    I had two friends offer to look after Frosty but just in case something happened to one of them and they couldn't look after her - I made a backup plan with a boarding kennel, including going there, checking out the facilities and showing them Frosty's vaccination certificate.

    And Frosty drove both my friends bonkers one after the other - and ended up at the boarding kennel - just as well. And these were friends from dog training club. Sigh.

    So if I was leaving her with yet another friend or family member - I'd do the same thing. The instructions I wrote - listed my fave vets, and how much dog food to feed. I had a measuring cup included with the bucket of dog food. And some contact details for other family members just in case.

    I could write war and peace about how I want her care managed but that just overwhelms the carer - unless they come and stay with you for a week or so before you leave.

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    Yep. Leave written instructions about her feeding if you're worried. And let the house sitter know that her feeding is regulated as over or underfeeding can be dangerous in such a large breed. If you leave her food and some plain treat things she can give Lacey she should be fine and not so prone to overfeeding her.

    I wouldn't worry too much about bad habits, she'll fall back into line so fast when you come home. You've done such great basic work with her while she is little, she'll remember.

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    Okay, so had a bit of a freak out this morning about leaving my baby, and decided to check out some boarding kennels. Called up lots. Only found a few that were even remotely good enough, narrowed out the best with kennels avail, so on the way back I checked it out. When I said that Lacey was a GD pup, I saw a bit of a sigh out of the man, like Oh god, not another one. I asked about keeping Lacey on her own food, he said it would be okay to have her on her own food. I asked about raised feeding, he said they don't do it, I said well she has to be fed raised, he said they could find something. So anyway he led us out into the kennels, They were nice enough, kennels looked big, spacey with access to a grassed area that they were let out into. They didn't have 24/7 access to a grassed area for toileting, but the kennels looked clean. He didn't lead us down to where Lacey would be staying and he didn't show us the rest of the kennels, which set off alarm bells in my head, why isn't he showing us where she will be going? So he took us back inside, and a dog was there to be picked up, the dog was in great condition, happy, healthy and very shiny. On the wall there was a notice saying if dog is not picked up within X amount of days overdue from the stay, and the owners havent contacted to extend the stay, they have the right to rehome the dog. What if I get stuck down in Brissy when we get back, and the phone lines are down? Also there was the rates on the wall, they seemed fair for where they ould be staying, but it also said changes to the rate per day is subject to change and if the charge is not paid when picked up the dog will not be allowed to leave and if not paid within X amount of timedog will be rehomed. I didn't like that at all. If they change the rate, then I might not get my dog back when I go back for her. Also if we choose to allow Lacey to have contact with other dogs then we don't have any say over how much exercise she can get, what temperament dogs she can go with, what age, etc. If she gets hurt in too rough play... There quite a few clauses I didn't feel comfortable with, so I decided that Lacey will be staying here with Jenny, with instructions. I've been working on them for the last while I've made sure she know just how much she means to me, and they're quite detailed, I cant help myself

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    Did you ask Lacey's breeder for boarding kennel recommendations?

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    I would be talking to your breeder...................
    I look after quite a few dogs a have breed or rehomed in the past for poeple when they go away.
    And if your breeder lacks the space I'm sure she'd have a kennel they know that are great with Danes.
    But otherwise I'm sure your friend will do just fine.

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    Breeder is quite a few hours away, so I don't want her in a kennel so far away. That was the best kennel in the district. Jenny will do fine, I hope. She know just how big of a responsibility she has.

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