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Old 07-06-2014, 08:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I always have anxiety leaving my dog at home when I go places, I feel like he misses me and I feel like he thinks I'm abandoning him! I'm going away on vaca for a week and idk how I can deal with leaving him with family, I just worry so much about him when I'm not with him that makes me not enjoy what I'm doing.. I miss him so much!Would you say this is overly obsessed?
I'd say it is somewhat an inevitability of life when owning a dog.....here's the upside about missing a dog while on vacation....coming home takes on a much better meaning and anxiousness to get back home. Relax and enjoy your vacation because the mental and physical break you get from a vacation will allow you to be the better steward of your dog rather than frittering yourself away worrying. Your thoroughness upfront with the proper accommodations for your dog should ease your worrying while away.....worrying after the fact rarely has positive benefit....thoroughness beforehand is golden.


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Old 07-06-2014, 09:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I am anxious for sure. I installed a camera so I can see what he does when I'm gone and once I saw that he sleeps I felt much better. I don't use the camera anymore, only the few first days, but it's there if I need to check on him
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:14 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I leave my dogs with a friend for a week each April. While I miss them in general, and often think "oh they would have SO much fun" on the beach or whatever I'm doing, it is nice to not have my schedule constantly dictated by dogs that need to potty, need to eat, need exercise, yadda yadda. In August we go to a cottage for 2 weeks and take them along, so we get a dog vacation and a no dog vacation. I also think it's good for my dogs to be away from me for an extended period once a year, so they can function without me and my dog sitter can tell me if there are any holes in their training as far as being able to settle down in someone else's house and not stress out.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I leave my dogs with a friend for a week each April. While I miss them in general, and often think "oh they would have SO much fun" on the beach or whatever I'm doing, it is nice to not have my schedule constantly dictated by dogs that need to potty, need to eat, need exercise, yadda yadda. In August we go to a cottage for 2 weeks and take them along, so we get a dog vacation and a no dog vacation. I also think it's good for my dogs to be away from me for an extended period once a year, so they can function without me and my dog sitter can tell me if there are any holes in their training as far as being able to settle down in someone else's house and not stress out.
I agree, I'm over the moon about the dog, as I am about my husband. But, it's good to get away even for a little bit...for all of us. But I'm a farm kid, never had dogs in the house as a kid, so I see them more as partners. Maybe that's why I don't obsess. I do have more to consider though with the GSD than with any other dogs I've ever had with the exception of an afghan rescue I once has: that dog was a hot mess.
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