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Christmas is around the corner and we're talking about taking a ski trip. This will be the first time we've gone on a vacation since we got our Dobie, and I'm a bit concerned about it. Simply put, I'd prefer to take Mojo with us everywhere we go, but taking him on a ski trip would be a bit much. So that leaves us with needing to board him, which makes me nervous. The thought of leaving him with strangers and trusting them to take proper care of him scares me. Not to mention the potential for aggression with other dogs or even employees at the facility I choose. Does anyone have any advice on how to handle this? Have any of you left your Dobie at a boarding facility?
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I have had mobility issues for most of the last year. As a result, I have found it necessary to hire a professional dog walker upon occasion. This women is also a trainer and boards dogs on a limited basis. McCoy, my boy, adores Brenda, his walker. And she him.

I am fortunate that my son would be my first choice to take care of McCoy in our absence. I have cared for his Dobes for years and McCoy gets along well with his current dog. Yet, If I had to have someone keep him for several days, I would have no qualms leaving McCoy with Brenda.

This is the kind of home that I would look at for your Mojo. This, as opposed to a "boarding" kennel.

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Visit any place you are considering beforehand. Ask to see where the dogs are kept, and ask abut how they are exercised, etc. if you are going to board him over Christmas, you need to make your reservation soon. Places fill up quickly around major holidays, and you don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute to find a place that will be able to find a corner to squeeze him into.


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I knew a business owner once, and would pick one of his single factory workers (a dog lover) to live in his home & babysit his senior Lab, while away on vacation, for a week or two - great food meals was stocked in the fridge, and the bar was stocked full of free liquor / guy got his full hourly pay, staying at his home, with the bosses dog.
^^ Best plan.

Our dobes over the years could not be kenneled or even crated. My heart dog (former Amy) would cry-whine for her Dad a full shift, left at the vets for surgery / she would stop eating to, so the IV helped. When our son & I had to travel, Mom stayed home with Amy.

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When we went away for our first week without Zuko, we boarded him at our vet. It was awful - he had diarrhea, had lost 10 lbs, had an open sore on his leg from laying on a mat and licking himself, and only was let outside twice a day, the other 23 hours he had to be in a kennel. He was miserable. Never again!!

We then found a doggie daycare in our area, which is a boarding facility that has people on hand at all times and they actually let the dogs out and play all day in this big play area, there's a side for larger dogs and smaller dogs. Zuko did MUCH better here. It was more expensive but it was great because he got to run around ALL day. We have used them now for years whenever we go away on a weekend trip or our week-long camping trip in Colorado and he has always done terrific. I know he gets tired there because he'll come home from daycare and sleep for a full day. They did have to have him come and 'interview' and see if he was good with other dogs, and luckily Zuko is very friendly with other dogs, but he does prefer being around people. It's about $40-45 a night he's there but its worth it, better than having him stuffed in a crate and getting no exercise or socialization.

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My boy has separation issues and can be generally unhappy and a bit noisy without me. He will also decline food. I board with my vet. It is not the idea place but i trust the people to make the right decision when it counts.
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like Alan mine usually stay at the vet. Has been our vet for over 20 years, He has dobes, and all mine love going to the vet. I don't like regular boarding facilities because of to many horror stories. For someone who doesn't have a system already in place I think Beaumont 67 has the best Idea. a house sitter as in a friend whom you trust and who knows your dog. Doggie daycares as well as boarding facilities that turn the dogs to play together are a dangerous situation waiting to happen. One dog in the group can change the dynamics quickly, and the pack that was just playing together all of a sudden turns on one dog and you have mauling. I have seen it before when I was younger and worked at the animal shelter in Tallahassee Florida when it was out by the airport. They would turn out all the dogs to a couple of different yards depending on their size. and dogs that all got along yesterday all of a sudden are trying to tear each other apart. Yes sometimes it ended in dogs losing their life. But it usually ended in dogs going to the vet to have several stitches. Not what you want to come back from vacation to.
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I try to take mine with me whenever possible but when I can't, I either leave mine with friends or family or pay someone to pet sit or stay at my house for me. If you're not flying to your destination you could look into renting a pet friendly detached house and crate your pups while you're out and about.
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Former Amy was fine home alone, but once a year we had to drive to a summer wedding.
- to hot to leave Amy in the car, all day
- she loved her home, so our neighbor (across the street) / let her out for potty breaks...he had a key
- we often visited, this retired friend / but babysitting Amy that day...she refused to go home with a dear friend
- for fear of her loosing mom & dad

Another time, two females & long time close friends of our son, babysat former Amy in his apartment / while son & dad left for a 40 minute meeting.
- Amy high pitched whined non-stop...like 10x nails going down a chalk board
And these girls were family friends, and visited our home all the time / but without Amy's security of her home, no babysitters would have an easy time looking after her...ever.

At the vets after life-threatening surgery ... she cried for an entire shift, in the back of the office / drove the staff bonkers, the front desk could hear old Amy.

^^ Some dogs can't be kenneled (even for a day), while others can.
- but some boarding places, poses many risks

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Thanks for all the input. I've had dogs for many years and never used a kennel. I've had people stay at my house and take care of them, but those people have all moved away so the kennel idea was just that, an idea. I've also never had a Dobie. Always had Labs, who were super easy going and easy to take care of. Mojo is a different beast altogether. But based on these comments, I'm going to look into finding a house sitter.
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Make sure he's okay with people coming in (and staying) while you're not there beforehand. Ilka had to be boarded when we went anywhere because she would NOT have let anyone in the house.


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Hoss will stay at home with a dog sitter ...but will not tolerate being left at an outside facility with strangers.
Tried it once and he howled and howled I was told.
My previous doberman Mafia I boarded ended up with a wounded nose and a broken fang tooth.
So I decided to never board my dogs anywhere again unless I was forced to because of medical problems.
Now he stays at our home during our time away. We located a neighbor to actually live with Hoss in our home while we are away. Like any babysitter in advance was exposed to Hoss frequently, taught the daily routine and rules etc.
It costs more money but in the long run worth it.....no dog issues....and I have a good time on vacations versus worrying about my pup.
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We board Max at least once a year when we go on vacation. He will board for two weeks in December because we a re going to Germany. Like other said, visit and check out the facility you are going to use.

We are lucky because we have a fairly new place here that is super clean and where he 3 walks a day and play time. They also update us with daily photos or videos on their Facebook page.

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My preference is to leave my dogs with my dad.

For longer trips I leave my dogs at a boarding kennel. I have a Great Dane and a Doberman, they stay together in a big run, and I pay for them to have extra time out to play (just the two of them, they aren't turned out with other dogs). I was referred to the boarding kennel by someone who has Dobermans, including one with some behavior issues. My Great Dane is very anxious and will snap at people if cornered, so this was important to me. I fully disclosed his behavior issues and they were still fine taking him, and both dogs did awesome there this summer.

I also have a dog walker who sees the dogs a couple times a week who is going to watch them for a short trip I'm taking next month.

I would be uncomfortable leaving my dogs
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Make sure he's okay with people coming in (and staying) while you're not there beforehand. Ilka had to be boarded when we went anywhere because she would NOT have let anyone in the house.
It will definitely be with someone he knows and is very familiar with. We'd make a few "dry runs" at that person coming in the house when we're not there. LOL
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SE is with me about 98% of the time. She goes to work with me (vet clinic) and unless it is too hot or too cold, she is in the car with me. And she suffers sep anxiety terribly. I do leave her at the clinic when I have to. The kennel tech does her best to see that she is attended to and taken for lots of walks and if no one is in the clinic, then she runs loose with supervision. But she still stresses. She did not lose weight this last time but it took about a day for her to calm down after I got her home. She is wired for 220 anyway. I made a terrible Mommy's girl out of her, don't know how. My other dogs were not like this at all. They were very used to being at work. It was their 2nd home.
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We only board Mocha when there's absolutely no alternative. The last trip we took to Florida to visit our friends, she came along, and we were glad we made the decision to take her. When we do have to board her, we use our vet; the docs and techs all love Mocha, and she loves them, but, she does stress something terrible being away from us and home, and usually has the runs for a day or so after we get back till she settles back down.



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We are actually going to Maryland tomorrow until Saturday for Thanksgiving. My friend is a stay at home mom with little kids so she comes to stay at my house about 3 weeks a year when we go on trips. Coco loves her and her kids so she has company and gets to stay in her own house. I stock up the groceries and my husband makes west Indian food for my friend. This is our deal and it works out well for everyone!

Coco would not do well boarding as she is old, spoiled and misses her mana too much. She cries and whines for 5 minutes after we leave but my friend and her kids love her up and comfort her and then she is fine!



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