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    Default Where Should Milo Stay During a Holiday?

    My family is planning for a holiday in late December which would probably last for 2 weeks. If we're going interstate, we'll try to look for accommodation which allows pets, but if we're going overseas, we can't bring Milo. It looks like a high chance that it's going to be an overseas holiday.

    I have come up with a few options of where Milo should stay for the time that I'm not there.
    1. Stay in our backyard and have my cousin who lives literally next door to feed him every day, and when she has time, take him for a walk. Her family has had a pet dog before, and from my observation and interaction with them, there was very little commitment given to their then dog. I am concerned that this will be the case for Milo. They never took their dog for walks, never played any games, never trained, and the likes of that - basically just a dog in the backyard. Their dog is now permanently living with their other relatives who take really good care of her. Anyway, from this experience, I am not confident that they will provide Milo with the stimulation and exercise that he needs, especially since he'll be stuck in the backyard for 2 weeks.

    2. Send Milo to a friends house who already has a dog. Of course, the friend I would trust and know to interact and stimulate Milo like how they would with their own.

    3. Send Milo to a friends house who doesn't have any pets, but they are thinking of getting a dog. I thought this would also give my friend a perspective of what it's like to own a dog.

    However, for both 2 and 3, I don't know how Milo will react to staying in a place that's not home for 2 weeks. Also since his typical rough schedule would drastically change, I imagine. It's also unrealistic to expect whoever to look after him to continue feeding him the raw diet. So I'll need to find a kibble that he will eat without going spastic and have runny poo.

    4. Settle for a kennel. I am not really comfortable with this as it's giving an absolute stranger the care of Milo and completely different environment for him. I'd rather have this as last option.

    Your input is highly appreciated. I don't want to go on holidays and constantly worry about Milo!

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    If your friends are willing to look after him, I would definitely go for that option. I once left my old dog at my house with the friend who was house sitting when I went overseas and she refused to go outside. Even for poos! After a few days I had to arrange for another friend to go pick her up and she was much happier at his place. Admittedly my dog was probably autistic, but I think she could not cope with the suspense of waiting for me to come home, poor thing.

    I find dogs generally cope fairly well with staying somewhere else. Of course he will miss you, but living in a new place and with other people might be a welcome distraction. And much better than being bored in the backyard, in my opinion.

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    is it possible to talk to your friends about feeding the raw food? the last thing you want is everything to change for the poor little man. Is it possible to mix up what you would feed him into daily meals so all your mate/cousin etc has to do is thaw it out during the day then feed at night?

    Also you need to do what you feel MOST comfortable with. The friends you trust the most etc. and what you can do is if you do decide to go with him staying with your mates let him have a couple of 'sleepovers' before the holiday so that your friend knows what is expected your man gets used to sleeping and being with other people and it will be much less of a culture shock for him
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    I had two friends from dog club offer to look after Frosty when I was away last year. And I went up and checked out a kennel that had been recommended by some other friends from dog club as a backup contingency plan - because you never know when it could all go wrong for your friends. And I was a bit worried because neither of them would take her for an overnight trial and she can be a handful.

    And sure enough - one friend after the other - she drove them completely nuts. She was happy, they were miserable. So off to the kennel she went - where everybody was happy. And now I just go to the kennel. Not sure what I will do in summer tho - cos I don't want her going to a kennel in a fire danger area.

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    All I can add is if you are thinking about a kennel start looking and booking now. December school holidays (if your holiday falls in this time) is peak season and kennels get very full very quickly.

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    Having worked in a kennel for 2 years, it is pretty stressful for new dogs that have never been in that environment before, but if you want maximum security and he can jump very high, i would recommend for him to stay in a kennel. But yes it does get very busy in dec hols, and the daily rates are higher as well and it does cost a lot depending on how nice the kennel is. But it would be best in the long run for the dog to stay with someone familiar.

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    has anyone tried boarding to Hanrob?

    I will be leaving my little missy for about 1 week so i just want some feedbacks.

    Missy is a rescue dog so she has been in kennels before, she has been with me for about 2 1/2 years now and I hope she is got over her fears of kennel boarding.

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    What and where is Hanrob?

    Most of us don't live where you live.

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    eeps.. my apologies, figured it was just a general question.

    Hanrob is in Heathcote/Sydney Airport.

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    If it was me, I'd have him stay overnight or the weekend at both your friends houses. The friends with a dog and the friends without. What a great opportunity to build up a little pet sitting group. That way when they go on holidays you could return the favour.

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