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Hi I have a lovely wonderful sweet six-year-old German Shepherd dog she’s wonderful around people, bonds quickly and is very well trained in German- well she could be better trained but for a pet she’s pretty good! However she is dog aggressive.

I live in New York City and I feel trapped —I can’t take a vacation because I can’t leave her with someone who boards A multitude of dogs or someone who I don’t trust to walk her carefully enough to keep her leash aggression at bay. I’d love to find someone who lives in the suburbs close to NYC who doesn’t have a dog or cat and could watch her while I go away. Any suggestions? I’d prefer not to have a stranger stay in my apartment, but should it come to that, they would need to be insured and know how to handle an aggressive dog.

Has anyone else encountered this problem? I don’t even know where to start to look for someone trustworthy.
 

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This is clearly a big problem, and to me it seems twofold. First the need for boarding, and second the dog aggression.

Perhaps you could try to solve them both at once: book the dog for a board and train with a specialist in resolving dog aggression.

It may seem expensive, but could help the dog tremendously, and avoid potential costly vet expenses in the future.
 

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You can try Rover.com (or the app). Find a person that boards 1 dog at a time and that can handle her. I went to a whole bunch of boarding businesses and I couldn't find one that I felt good about. I mean, one of them even had a dog die in their care. Someone suggested Rover.com to me. I found someone who was willing to take a boisterous adolescent male. Surprisingly many people weren't wiling to deal with that. Price was more reasonable than boarding businesses, and he got personal undivided attention instead of businesses that have to handle multiple dogs. Businesses also keep the dogs in the pens for around 22 hours a day. Mine was allowed to go all over the house with the boarder. Businesses charge for play, for extra play, for this and for that. Mine was all included in the $45/day. Most boarders will have a meet and greet and see if you're a good fit for them and vice versa. They'll even allow you to check out their house.


The other option is you can maybe think about a board and train with a good trainer and see if he/she can fix the dog aggression problem while you're gone. I know it'll be more expensive but maybe they can fix it. 2 birds...1 stone.
 

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K9 Gunner Tactical is in New Jersey if you are willing to take the drive, I know multiple people with dog aggressive GSD's, and a human reactive GSD that won't board their dog anywhere else. They have both regular boarding and board and train programs. Anyone I have talked to has nothing but good things to say about Brady (the owner) and the way he runs his facility.
 

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I board mine at the trainer's when I am away (though it is quite expensive). Maybe try asking local dog trainers and ask if they offer boarding services too?
 

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Have you tried some Long Island boarding places? Some are spacious. Some charge additional for aggressive dogs, but it is what it is.
 
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