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Thread: Double Problem: Boarding Kennel Near Adelaide Needed for a Timid Dog

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    Default Double Problem: Boarding Kennel Near Adelaide Needed for a Timid Dog

    Hi everyone,

    We need a boarding kennel for one week early February for our 12 months old lab cross, who is unfortunately a bit of a 'problem dog'. I'm really not happy about having to board him - but can't really think of any other solution.

    He is very good with other dogs. Great actually. Loves to play and is not aggressive at all. With older or timid dogs he is very gentle, etc...

    The problem are humans. He is very timid around people and would not let anyone touch him. He does warm up to people eventually but this would take weeks and a lot of bribes. He is not aggressive, but avoids contact and I could not guarantee for him if he feels cornered or threatened.

    We have had him since he was 10 weeks old and he was like that from start. Especially men are very scary. In fact the bigger they they are, the worse! He did get better over the past months. He doesn't usually growl or bark at people anymore. He is bow ok with people as long as they don't approach him. Taking him to the vet is an absolute nightmare to the point where he has to be sedated to be examined.

    Anyway... that he is timid is a problem, but it's usually manageable. But I really don't know how he will go in a kennel. I'm worried that what we have achieved so far would be destroyed by the shock of being left alone with ... strangers

    Ideally we'd find a kennel where he can share with another dog and excercise in a yard (so nobody has to put on a lead).

    House sitting is not an option as he would not accept a stranger in 'his' house. I doubt he would really do anything but I just don't feel I can put anyone through this...

    Does anyone have any suggestions please for a kennel that is experienced with problem dogs. Ideally somewhere in the Adelaide Hills? I have heard good things about Topspot Kennels and left a message for them - but haven't had an answer yet.

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    It's going to be tough,
    10 weeks is too late to get a dog and have it adjust to the new environment properly.By that age they typically don't bond well with humans.
    If you leave him at a kennel it will be very stressful for him, be sure to leave something with a familiar scent on it with him a rug or a toy etc.
    Sorry I can't make any recommendations about kennels.

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    "10 weeks is too late to get a dog and have it adjust to the new environment properly.By that age they typically don't bond well with humans."

    Absolute rubbish.

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    I don't agree. He has bonded very well with us. And as I said he does warm up to people eventually, he just needs lots of time getting used to new faces.

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    Where do you get the 10 weeks thing from - I got my puppy at 10 weeks, though I admit she was at AWL by at least 8 weeks old because that's when they desexed her...

    margoo
    topspot is where I take my dog. She loves the staff there. One of them also sorted out some problems she had when she first got there and was more than a little freaked out (she actually growled at them). You may find phoning and leaving a message either first thing eg 8am or later eg 6pm is the go. The times I've been, all the staff have been women, but if your dog is aggressive around humans, I'm not sure how they'd get him in or out of the kennel when it needs cleaning and he needs his exercise run.

    tiptrees (Golden Retriever breeders and boarding kennels) is next door to top spot and they may be a good choice for a labrador or golden retriever - but I don't know if they have blokes working there or not.

    I suggest - for any boarding kennel you're looking at - that you find out when you can visit and drive out there with your dog, so it's not a complete surprise to him.

    Another one my family use is "the dog house" at Hahndorf.

    AWL and RSPCA also do dog boarding - but you do run a slight risk of your dog getting kennel cough there, even if he is vaccinated. They are probably much more experienced with problem dogs, and would have all the gear to deal with a dog that got aggressive. Not to mention vets there regularily. They would also be in low fire risk places, compared to the Adelaide Hills in February.

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    I think it depends at times on the dog itself.

    There was a pup, years ago in my Father in Law's litter.
    All had been raised the same, all treated the same yet there was one that was so incredibly timid. That pup was given to me to try to help for a few weeks. I have had dogs for 30 years, all wonderful natures, had tamed with love a couple of timid older dogs with great success but nothing I did would sway this pup that any human was not a monster out to get him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    "10 weeks is too late to get a dog and have it adjust to the new environment properly.By that age they typically don't bond well with humans."

    Absolute rubbish.
    I agree that 10 wks is not too old & actully never let my pups go before 8wks & prefer 10wks & have had some I keep till 12wks. They have gone on to bond with their new family just as well as any of the pups that left at 8wks & have the added bonus of being well started tolit training wise & getting a grasp of what is accepable & what isn't Ok behavours.
    Back to the origanal questions I have no idea about kennels in your area but I would start by writting down all the kennels within the area your willing to use & ring each 1 up & ask a few questions. From your phone calls choise the best 3 & go & visit them & while your there talk about your concerns.
    Over the inital phone conversation ask if they deal with difficult dogs often? Ask if they are willing to be flexable to suit your dogs needs exercise wise & in any way really? Ask what they feed & when? What exercise do the boarding dogs get? Can you leave addition instructions for your dog to help him with being so timid & unsure?
    To pick the 3 you visit pick the 1's that didn't get impatent when talking about your dogs individual needs & actully appeared to want to know what they might be able to do to make the stay easier on the dog & yourself.
    I would be looking at the conditions of the dogs that are there, are they stressed or anixous looking? Are the kennels well maintaned & clean? Is the water containers clean & full? What is their daily rountines?
    Again when visiting do the owner/mangers seem to be actully listening to you. Ask if they are always there & if not who is the boss when they are not there? What are there policies for sick & injuried dogs? Ask if they mind if you bring a few things to keep your dog happy & feeling more at home.
    When you get home from holidays I would be tackling some of these behavour issues because they are all very fixable with time, comittment & consistancy.
    Good Luck.
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    Sorry im not contributing to the OP, but 10 weeks, IMO, is the ideal age to get a puppy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundybear View Post
    It's going to be tough,
    10 weeks is too late to get a dog and have it adjust to the new environment properly.By that age they typically don't bond well with humans.
    If you leave him at a kennel it will be very stressful for him, be sure to leave something with a familiar scent on it with him a rug or a toy etc.
    Sorry I can't make any recommendations about kennels.
    Not sure where you got that piece of information from, but it's just not true. A puppy from my last litter went to her new owner at 10 weeks and they have bonded beautifully. Some breeders of toy and small breeds actually keep their puppies until 10-12 weeks of age before they go to their new homes

    ETA my other babies went to their homes between 8.5 and 9 weeks of age.
    Last edited by Ellie; 01-14-2011 at 03:22 PM.

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    Margoo, sorry I can't help with a kennel recommendation ( the one I work at would have been good, but I am in Vic :-( ) but I can tell you we have a dog in right now with VERY similar issues, and he is coping ok- to the point wher he comes and stands near me now when I'm cleaning his run. Today I absentmindedly reached down to pat the dog standing by my leg.... Only to realize who it was later ! I'm wondering if being around the other dogs has helped.

    Good luck with finding someone near you!

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