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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuri_89 View Post
    I've never liked the idea of kennels or catteries. I get quite anxious walking into one therefore don't feel entirely at ease leaving my animals there. They all seem to be on edge, or barking at each other - i don't think my lot would cope without much human interaction and being cooped up in a foreign place.

    I like the idea of a walker. Ideally somebody the dog knows (neither Molly, Rex or Benji would go with some stranger). It all comes down to the personality of your dog, if your dog is quite happy wandering up to strangers, letting them into their yard etc then you could probably get any dog walker. I think i read that you have a couple of weeks before you head off so maybe contacting somebody now and getting them to do the odd walk whilst your around, or just coming around to greet and get to know your dog wouldn't hurt
    I've never actually had anyone he didn't know come into the backyard when one of us isn't home, he's overly friendly to people when we are there... I asked if anyone wanted to test it out but no one has been keen so far lol!!!
    I think one of my friends has agreed to pop in during the day on her lunch breaks for the week to feed him & say hello

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    Kuri, Come visit me and see how a modern set up works on all the points raised by you.

    Tam, I am a kennel owner but this is not biased advice, seriously. Your pup will be better off in a good kennel than left to his own devices for hours at a time.

    When you look for a kennel, use your nose and your ears. All kennels will have a smell of sorts but if it is strong and sour, walk away. A clean well kept kennel has less infections being spread around and shows signs of excellent overall management.

    If dogs are allowed to eyeball each other then the softer dog gets stressed and will bark. If dogs going to the exercise yard are walked past dogs behind mesh fenceing, the caged dogs will generally fire up. If you do not hear any , or minimal barking, and the smell is good, then you look into the experience of management and staff.
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    Im sure your boarding kennel is great Nev, and they a certainly a godsend for many people wanting pet ownership...and a LIFE, (which reminds me our little party last night).

    It's just that a lot of dogs get very stressed away from there own environment AND their owners, especially if they are the used to a routine and are couch potatoes.

    For me, it would always be a last resort, but thats not saying I wouldnt board if i was stuck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    We have always had family or neighbours come to feed and walk our dogs when we went away.
    Some dogs are just a lot happier staying in their own home.
    At home they KNOW you are coming back.
    I was really worried about Snoop as he was only 9 months old and still "needy" when we went
    away in January. My daughter said he was just fine and never seemed stressed at all.

    You will really need to dog proof the house and yard. Close off rooms, put cushions away etc.
    Haven't read all the posts yet, but wanted to respond to this because it's not true for all dogs. I used to usually leave my old dog Luna with a friend she knew well. She always seemed happy even though she was my shadow when she was with me. Once I decided to leave her with the house sitter when we went overseas for a month, thinking also she'd be happy to stay in her own space. How wrong I was! She refused to go outside with my friend. Not for walks and not even into the backyard. She pooed on the carpet, which she had never done before! My friend was desperate and texted me after a few days and I had to organise for my other friend to go pick Luna up and take her to his place.

    I also think that even with someone visiting at lunchtime, it is still too long to leave any dog alone, and especially one that isn't used to being home alone. I would find a boarding kennel you like. Plenty of dogs love going to the kennel. Find one where they get lots of playtime with other dogs and Boss will be so tired by the end of the day that he will not have the energy to miss you.

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    When I'd planned a long trip, two friends from dog club (so you think they'd know how to manage a dog), offered to look after her. But before I went I took Frosty up to the kennels at Mylor that were highly recommended by several other friends - to visit them and show them her C5 vax cert, and provide contact details and etc - "just in case". the time I was away wasn't a peak time like easter or christmas so they were ok with a "just in case booking". Apparently they were very confident they'd end up with her - because failed friend sittings - happen a lot.

    And that's what happened. My evil hound drove the first friend nuts and really broke every dog rule they had. And got away with it, but he did look after her for the time he agreed - it was a bit hard on his neighbours, his carpet and his house mate. And then she went on to second friend - and proceeded to drive her nuts too - just by taking over all the decision making. She's a dog. This isn't a good idea but my friend was a bit of a wuss. Ok with her dog, but not so good with mine - or two of them and she wouldn't crate my evil hound - so eventually she gave up and took her to the boarding kennels where frosty had a routine, couldn't push the boundaries and really loved it.

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    I would highly recommend home, with a visitor. You are close to entering the 2nd fear phase of development, this is my reason.

    But a reasonable 2nd option of kennelling.

    And as you have a few weeks lead in, teach him now, that mum can go for hours and hours, but she comes back with food!

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    That is why I said "some" dogs, Beloz.
    We only went for 5 days, and it was our daughter who came to feed/walk/play.
    A month is a lot longer, and yes, I would actually use a kennel for such a long period.
    (just for the peace of mind, I worried every night that our big baby was ok)

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    You still have plenty of time before you go, to try out different things - like try before you buy sort of thing !

    For me - I would take the kennel option, and as you are not going to be away that long - peace of mind wins hands down for me than to be relying on other people doing the supposed right thing.

    I have been let down badly in the past with friends looking after one of my pups. She was actually staying in my place rent free - but then she had a new B/F - so her mind was really not on looking after a 7 month old GSP pup - if you know what I mean !!!!! Pup was hit by a car - and I was left to sort out the mess !

    Why not do a test 'sleep-over' at the kennel and see how it goes ? I am sure there are people on the forum that can point you in the right direction to find a really good kennel.

    Good Luck !

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    Just my opinion, I love dog kennels for dogs...of course you have to do your research. We put Attila in a kennel once, and even though he was vaccinated, he developed Kennel cough, so needless to say, we never used that one again...But we found one he really liked and I would be sad driving away, after his first visit to that one, he was too excited to hang around to say good bye.

    Oskar hasn't been in a kennel yet, and I want to do the overnight test to see how he goes...my partner on the other hand still has the umbilical cord attached and can't bear the thought of his baby in a kennel surrounded by plenty of playmates lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nev Allen View Post
    Kuri, Come visit me and see how a modern set up works on all the points raised by you.

    Tam, I am a kennel owner but this is not biased advice, seriously. Your pup will be better off in a good kennel than left to his own devices for hours at a time.

    When you look for a kennel, use your nose and your ears. All kennels will have a smell of sorts but if it is strong and sour, walk away. A clean well kept kennel has less infections being spread around and shows signs of excellent overall management.

    If dogs are allowed to eyeball each other then the softer dog gets stressed and will bark. If dogs going to the exercise yard are walked past dogs behind mesh fenceing, the caged dogs will generally fire up. If you do not hear any , or minimal barking, and the smell is good, then you look into the experience of management and staff.
    Nev i would love to be able to see your set-up. When i moved over to Oz from NZ i had to leave my cats in a cattery for 3 nights. I didn't like what i saw, 10 or more cats jam packed like sardines into kennels, I didn't see anywhere the cats were allowed to exercise, not cat trees, nothing. The only thing i could take comfort in was that the three of them would at least be together & that it was only going to be a short stay. I remember one of my cats was shaking uncontrollably as soon as we walked into the area with all the cats. It was quite disturbing.

    Only recently (like the beginning of this month) we had a kennel/cattery up the road having an open day - offering $1 hydrobaths, treats & games for dogs so i thought i would take advantage of the cheap hydrobath. They offered us a tour of the kennel and i didn't like it. So much barking and noise - i mean the runs and kennels were a good size, but i just couldn't see my dogs enjoying a concrete run and listening to all that carry on around them. I would prefer a small scale kennel on a farm somewhere. I'm very lucky that we always have somebody available to care for our dogs and if worse comes to worse our groomer looks after them.

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