I'm going to go on vacation in a couple of weeks and I was thinking of getting my dog boarded rather than having my parents watch her since it's going to be a week. My parent usually do it but last time she pee'd on their new carpet and i think they were probably ignoring her needs since they have four dogs of their own. I just wanted to get a general concensus. Do you think will be depressed??
i am a professional petsitter so of course my first recommendation is always going to be having someone come to your home or having family watch your pets. but i also think it is a very good idea to get your dogs and cats experience with staying in a kennel type of environment. there will come a day when your pet will need to stay overnite in either a boarding kennel or a vets office. it is a good idea to let them have a few experiences staying in that type of environment because it can be very stressful on them, especially if they are not accustomed to it. so the more exposure they have to it the better they will be if they ever have to be kenneld or stay at the hospital if they are sick.
Scout, I wish you lived near me. I have never boarded the dogs I have now because I had such a bad experience years ago. I boarded one of my danes and the dog got so sick we eventually had to put her down. Since then I usually call the local college student employment center and after interviewing many students I have always found a great someone to stay with them. They are much happier and I relax while I'm away
That happened to me too. Our cocker died one day after we picked her up from boarding. They said she looked fine while she was there, but I can't believe that would have been true. If I had her home, I think I could have taken her to the vet before she became acute.
I have never boarded my dogs because I am fortunate enough to have my parents watch them while we are away. My mom will take the entire week off from work so she can spend as much time with my dogs as she can. Its alot easier for her to come to my house and watch them because I have a huge fenced in yard. My dogs also get very spoiled when my parents watch them - not that they aren't already.
I have boarded my dogs with my vet and they seem to do fine. They are always glad to get home. I have also had my daughter come home from college and stay with them if I am not gone long. Boarding can be expensive but I think whatever you are comfortable with should be the way to go.
I have heard so many stories about people boarding their dogs at the vet and then the dog dying, that is so weird. How does that happen? I have boarded both my dogs many times at the vet for a few days and they were fine. When we were gone for three weeks I had a responsible college friend come and stay at my home so she could take care of the pets and get the mail and paper, take care of my plants and actually show that someone was living in the house so it cut down on the chance of a break-in. I also hired a teenage girl on our street to come to our house three times a day for a week on our last out-of-town trip. Both were a lot cheaper than a pet sitter, no offense scout but the pet sitters I called in my area were asking way more than I thought was reasonable. I paid both kids 50 a week and the pet sitter wanted over a 100 for a week.
I also had a bad experience with bording our other dog.We only had her there for three days but when we picked her up she almost went through the closed car window trying to get in.We just figured she was excited to be going home....well,from that day and about 2 weeks on we noticed she had developed a fear of men.She actually even snapped at my hubby and would cringe whenever he would catch her of guard walking towards her.We dont know what exactly happened in those 3 days but we assumed that a male worker hurt her or scarred her in some cruel way.She was perfectly fine with humans of both genders b4 those 3 days.Now i arrange with family to pet sit if we go away and they come to our house.
Even if you feel your parents may neglect a little due to their other dogs, I would still leave the dog with them. Kennel staff are not 'presonalized' with your dog, and while they may provide a clean, comfortable environment, your dog will nto get the familiar scents and attention it would get with your family.