|04-18-2014 03:56 PM|
Thank you all for your suggestions and reassurances. I am boarding him with the vet who owns our training facility. I visited the facility where the dogs are baorded and it's clean, well staffed, and the dogs looked to be doing just fine...even happy. I talked with my trainer (who adores him and the feeling is mutual with Jericho) and she has agreed to go get him give him a private lesson while we are gone. That made me feel better that at least he is going to have a familiar face and some normalcy in his visit. All that's left for me to do now is take a deep breath and let him go to the capable hands I've chosen.
You are so right! This is just like sending your child to daycare for the first time. I have to say...I felt the same anxiety with my daughter and she walked right into the daycare like she owned the place. No fuss, no tears, just a wave and a toss of the pony tail and off she went. It was me who was crying. LOL I only hope Jericho is the same way.
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|04-18-2014 11:53 AM|
|wolfy dog||DDog goes to his breeder for boarding. I trust it completely but I hate leaving him although at the same time it will nice to have break from the little brat.|
|04-18-2014 11:31 AM|
|graciesmom||I feel your anxiety. First off, important to find a boarding facility you trust. Secondly, see if you can drop him off for a few hours or for the day a few times before you actually have to board him. That way both he and you can get used to it. For me, this time around, I think I will likely board Jazz at the same facility that we go to for training. They are awesome and she is quite comfortable there.|
|04-18-2014 10:16 AM|
|04-18-2014 10:12 AM|
Well not all boarding kennels are the same. We had a dog escape a boarding facility not to long ago, it was hit by a car but thankfully found. The dog required surgery and the boarding facility blamed the owner for not properly training the dog. So there are some really bad apples out there.
Another friend lost her dog to bloat while being boarded, they missed the warning signs. Good kennel, with a great reputation but these things happen and the longer you are in business the more it's not a matter of if but when.
My Great Uncle owned a boarding kennel for many more years then you've been in business and over those years he had a couple of escapes. Both times the dogs were fence climbers but he hadn't been notified.
Sometimes staff you hire just make honest mistakes, accidents happen even with really good care givers.
Pet sitters have to deal with the environment the client provides so it creates a lot more variables. They don't have catch pens, kennel doors that can be operated from outside the pen and so forth.
I use a pet sitter, she has excellent references including veterinarians who refer to her, access to a 24 hour E vet, she is fully insured and bonded and has been in business for almost 15 years now. If you have a dog that has a weakened immune system and cannot take the extra vaccinations required by kennels having a pet sitter maybe a better solution (for example). Sometimes elderly pets do better in a home environment. Some dogs are better off being boarded.
Anyone who needs to have their pet cared for while travelling should always do their due diligence. Visit the facility or meet the care giver personally. Check references, verify insurance and licensing.
At the end of the day it depends on the dog and the dog's owner and what is best for their individual pet and needs.
eta: and now that we've made the poor OP more worried then before .... keep in mind that the vast majority of the time dogs do just fine and nothing bad happens while they are being boarded or cared for by a sitter.
|04-18-2014 10:04 AM|
Not the only one I am too. I did it often in Germany because they were on point with their boarding facilities. They had large fenced off areas and really truly focused on every dog's needs.. and Titan is needy.. so it took some getting used to in the beginning.
Here, I have done it on a trial basis, just to get him used to a new one.. but I wasn't a HUGE fan of the place. We don't really have great facilities out here. I have lucked out with a friend of mine watching him. I watch hers, she watches mine.
BUT don't think that alleviates any anxiety.. when I was deployed I worried constantly. I would ask her for pictures, we even skyped every now and then so I can see him. I constantly bugged her to make she he was doing ok and getting enough exercise. Shoot I even worried that he would like them better than me! I am better with shorter times, but I still ask her how he's doing while I am gone.
|04-18-2014 09:59 AM|
We operate a boarding kennel, in operation for over 10 years now. We (me and my wife) have been owners of GSD's for over 40 years, as well as many other type of animals- horses, cows, chickens, cats, etc. We take our jobs very seriously as far as caring for other peoples pets. We are licensed, insured and inspected yearly by the state. We have an alarm system, closed circuit tv systems, automatic fire detection, etc. Our fencing is rated as "prison type". We take every precaution in caring for others pets.Our personal vet is on call 24hrs. Not to knock pet sitters, but how many can list these specifications for pet care? Our customers tell us daily about problems they have encountered with unqualified pet sitters.We have never had a pet escape.
ALL pets do better in a boarding situation if properly introduced. We recommend 1 day of daycare initially, followed up by 1 overnight stay before the owners actually leave the pet for an extended stay. Works wonders-
I will say without reservation that pets who have boarded at an early age are the best behaved in a boarding kennel, they know what to expect and enjoy their stay, the interaction of being around all types of canines, and the excitement of seeing new faces.
I equate a boarding kennel with sending children to daycare. If parents didn't have daycare, how would some work a job?
If a boarding facility is well-run, dogs will enjoy their stays- PERIOD. IMHO, Bob And trust me, it's alot harder on the parents of a pet, the dogs only want to have fun!!!!!!!
|04-18-2014 09:16 AM|
Don't feel bad. The way you feel is totally normal. I literally cried the first time I left Rocco for boarding. I felt like a mother sending her child to daycare for the first time. It was a dilemma for me because Rocco is super attached (even sleeps with us) and a nervous dog on top of that. I first researched and visited several places before finding "Dog Dude Ranch". It was perfect for him: a ranch so that he could run around with other dogs (he loves parks and other dogs).
This is what I did that helped (we were also going away for a whole week). I first took him just for daycare a couple of times 2 weeks before our trip. Then, I took him for 1 night only the week before our trip. I'm glad I did because I discovered that he gets very nervous and develops diarrhea. I was able to see the vet and get a prescription for him to help with his anxiety/diarrhea. It ended up working out fine. Rocco loves the place (even knows it by name) but still gets very nervous when left (I'm always told that he's fine once I'm gone). So, I continue to occasionally take him for daycare so it becomes a well known place to him as we plan on doing lots of traveling.
Good luck with your choice. I'm sure your baby will be fine. Oh, and make sure that you can call to find out how he's doing. That helped me a lot.
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