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So Sunday we are dropping off Ace for the first time to be kenneled until the following Sunday.

He's so spoiled, and clingy, that I think I may be having a harder time thinking about it, than he will have while there. Lol.

We went and checked the kennel out, and it seems like a really nice place. Set back far away from any main roads, on a horse farm and large kennel area. He will have his own 5x7 indoor run, connected to a similarly sized outdoor run. Multiple play times, someone lives on the premises. They don't have any cameras or anything, but overall I liked the people there alot. One of the owners had Dobermans previously, so that relaxes me a bit.

Sending him with a few toys, food, and his blanket from his kennel. I also wrote a page of our numbers/vet numbers/friends numbers/ and permission to bathe him if needed. Also permission to throw away anything he may destroy while boarded there (blanket/toys, etc). I have a full page typed up regarding his ear posts. About what to look for (wet/smelly) and what to do if they pop out. I asked that they try to leave them be until Thursday/Friday, but to take them down then. I will be including Adhesive Remover wipes in the bag for them, and wrote instructions of what to do with Mr Mouthy & Pawsy to make the whole process easier.

Ace has been glued to my hip these past few months, so not seeing him for a whole week is going to be hard. He's very much a people dog, and thinking about him being in a kennel with a bunch of loud, barking dogs, makes me wonder how he's gonna handle that.

But momma is still stressing. How can I just relax during this vacation? How do yall's dogs do while boarded? I guess there is a small part of me that is worried my dog will come back terrified and with fears/aggressions he didnt have previously. Although my Ace is hard to bother, lol. He's very accepting of new things and new situations, wish I could be more like him!
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It's a little late to suggest this, but it's not a bad idea to leave your dog at a new place or with new people for an afternoon or day before leaving the dog that place for an extended period of time. I'm sure your puppy will be fine, probably less stressed than you will be the whole time he's there. If you plan to do this often it's good to start him when he's this age vs. 2 or 3 years.
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I agree that starting at this age is definitely better. I'm also a BIG believer that it's good for dogs to spend time away from their owners.

That said, I don't have much beyond that, because I don't use a kennel to watch my dogs (not that I'm saying that's bad - there are good ones out there!). I happen to have a lovely vet tech at our vet's office that does in home boarding, and our dogs ADORE her and we board with her. They live in her house with her dogs, sleep in her bed, and basically think it's the best place ever. Richter stayed the first time only a couple of months after we got him, and we did a short daytime "day care" type thing before he did the whole week so he could get used to being there. He loves Jenny's house so much he actually didn't even greet me when I picked him back up after that first vacation!

We will occasionally do a few hours at Jenny's house so we maintain familiarity with the space and with her dogs even though we almost never, ever travel. (Also because it's nice to have a break!). The dogs go nuts when they see her at our vet's office, too - the love her.

So...all I can say is, if it's a good place with good people - don't stress. He'll be fine, and it's good for you to get away. It's good for HIM to learn that it's okay for you to leave. If he's really super clingy all the time, it wouldn't be a terrible idea to see if you could find someone willing to do an hour or two of dogsitting in their home, or something, so that he can learn that it's okay to be left, and that you come back. It's very healthy for dogs to be able to be left - there may come a time he needs to be left at the vet, for example, and it's far less stressful on them if they can handle that because they've been boarded before.

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It's a little late to suggest this, but it's not a bad idea to leave your dog at a new place or with new people for an afternoon or day before leaving the dog that place for an extended period of time. I'm sure your puppy will be fine, probably less stressed than you will be the whole time he's there. If you plan to do this often it's good to start him when he's this age vs. 2 or 3 years.
We actually left him for 24hrs this past week, with a neighbor. Granted, the neighbor wasn't new to him, but it was first time without us coming home at night. He was pretty excited when I walked through the door, he had the zoomies for a solid 10mins after, lol. I think it was a good introduction for the weekend.

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I agree that starting at this age is definitely better. I'm also a BIG believer that it's good for dogs to spend time away from their owners.
Luckily he is good with staying home all day by himself, granted in his kennel, but he doesn't get stressed. There has been some times in this heat that he prefers to be left inside versus come out and work with us. He will sit at the door and stare at us until we put him back in the ac, lol. Probably not the same.


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So...all I can say is, if it's a good place with good people - don't stress. He'll be fine, and it's good for you to get away. It's good for HIM to learn that it's okay for you to leave. If he's really super clingy all the time, it wouldn't be a terrible idea to see if you could find someone willing to do an hour or two of dogsitting in their home, or something, so that he can learn that it's okay to be left, and that you come back. It's very healthy for dogs to be able to be left - there may come a time he needs to be left at the vet, for example, and it's far less stressful on them if they can handle that because they've been boarded before.

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He's probably really only clingy in my mind, because I want him to be. The dog has zero separation anxiety, I have enough for the both of us. He spent 24hrs with the neighbor this week, and that went really well. First overnighter, and other than zoomies when I got home, he was totally normal. Ace really isn't phased by much of anything luckily. He just is a typical velcro dog I guess, but being my first time as a Doberman owner, I take it as super clingy.

I know deep down he's going to be fine, I guess just all the horrid stories I have read just makes me nervous, lol. I've become really attached to this dang dog.

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We actually left him for 24hrs this past week, with a neighbor. Granted, the neighbor wasn't new to him, but it was first time without us coming home at night. He was pretty excited when I walked through the door, he had the zoomies for a solid 10mins after, lol. I think it was a good introduction for the weekend.



Luckily he is good with staying home all day by himself, granted in his kennel, but he doesn't get stressed. There has been some times in this heat that he prefers to be left inside versus come out and work with us. He will sit at the door and stare at us until we put him back in the ac, lol. Probably not the same.




He's probably really only clingy in my mind, because I want him to be. The dog has zero separation anxiety, I have enough for the both of us. He spent 24hrs with the neighbor this week, and that went really well. First overnighter, and other than zoomies when I got home, he was totally normal. Ace really isn't phased by much of anything luckily. He just is a typical velcro dog I guess, but being my first time as a Doberman owner, I take it as super clingy.

I know deep down he's going to be fine, I guess just all the horrid stories I have read just makes me nervous, lol. I've become really attached to this dang dog.
Then I think it's you, not him! Try to relax and enjoy the time away!


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Just going to throw this out to MC - Greenie -- Even though we don't board either of our Dogs - Since I take Mr. Business out with me a lot and are in tight type buildings in the Winter - I have the Vet give him a nose shot for Bordetella - Thoughts on Chesa getting that for Ace - If he don't already have it ? Just me thinking out loud here : )


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Just going to throw this out to MC - Greenie -- Even though we don't board either of our Dogs - Since I take Mr. Business out with me a lot and are in tight type buildings in the Winter - I have the Vet give him a nose shot for Bordetella - Thoughts on Chesa getting that for Ace - If he don't already have it ? Just me thinking out loud here : )


Have a great Vacation - as Greenie said - it will be harder on you than Ace : ) Like the song - which I can't stand !!!!

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Most boarding place require bordetalla. I'd be surprised if they didn't. If he's being dropped off today it may be a little late, but...I'd consider it, I suppose. Kennel cough isn't the end of the world - Ace is young and healthy. Frankly, I'd be more worried about the flu. The strain of dog flu that is in different parts of the country is highly contagious and can kill young and healthy dogs. I vaccinate for that. (And that's not to worry Chesa, as it's definitely too late to vaccinate for that, and it may (hopefully) not be in her area). But it's definitely been and continues to be in quite a few areas (including MN) and since my dogs are definitely in public with other dogs, I vaccinate.


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Most boarding place require bordetalla. I'd be surprised if they didn't. If he's being dropped off today it may be a little late, but...I'd consider it, I suppose. Kennel cough isn't the end of the world - Ace is young and healthy. Frankly, I'd be more worried about the flu. The strain of dog flu that is in different parts of the country is highly contagious and can kill young and healthy dogs. I vaccinate for that. (And that's not to worry Chesa, as it's definitely too late to vaccinate for that, and it may (hopefully) not be in her area). But it's definitely been and continues to be in quite a few areas (including MN) and since my dogs are definitely in public with other dogs, I vaccinate.
Totally agree MC - I have not come across one place that boards that don't require the Bordetella - But don't remember reading Chesa had it done - The nose stuff works pretty quick - so probably not to late for that .
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Then I think it's you, not him! Try to relax and enjoy the time away!
Its 100% me, lol. I just have taken everything I have read here to heart, and try to do the best by my boy. I'm a worrywart on a good day, if you all haven't noticed yet! lol.

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Just going to throw this out to MC - Greenie -- Even though we don't board either of our Dogs - Since I take Mr. Business out with me a lot and are in tight type buildings in the Winter - I have the Vet give him a nose shot for Bordetella - Thoughts on Chesa getting that for Ace - If he don't already have it ? Just me thinking out loud here : )

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Most boarding place require bordetalla. I'd be surprised if they didn't. If he's being dropped off today it may be a little late, but...I'd consider it, I suppose. Kennel cough isn't the end of the world - Ace is young and healthy. Frankly, I'd be more worried about the flu. The strain of dog flu that is in different parts of the country is highly contagious and can kill young and healthy dogs. I vaccinate for that. (And that's not to worry Chesa, as it's definitely too late to vaccinate for that, and it may (hopefully) not be in her area). But it's definitely been and continues to be in quite a few areas (including MN) and since my dogs are definitely in public with other dogs, I vaccinate.
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Totally agree MC - I have not come across one place that boards that don't require the Bordetella - But don't remember reading Chesa had it done - The nose stuff works pretty quick - so probably not to late for that .
Ace got his Bordetella shot back in February He also got the Influenza shot in ... April? He got Bordetella, Aden2/Para/Parvo, Influenza, Lepto, Lyme and Rabies in all..

We have a lot of Lyme cases here, and standing water so Lepto was another good idea for us. Bordetella was a definite, and flu was recommended by the vet from some cases they had seen. Ace is all loaded and ready! I will be doing research down the road though for which vaccines to do yearly. I don't want to give him many, but as a puppy I wanted him protected.

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I sure that I can speak for MC and I - We were just asking - with both you and Ace's best interest !

Hey - I have a idea !!!!!! When you go on Vacation - Just worry about when the grain market is going to rebound - Damn Traders ! All they worry about is them Chinese ! If prices stay like this - it will cost me 45 Grand for this year AND that's only on corn that I have on hand ! So there -Ace will be fine

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Chesa.....like any protective Mom you will worry and you are gonna miss him....so make a friend at the kennel..... then if you are worried ....call the kennel and ask them to text you a PIC of Radar ......I find when I can "see" that my pup is fine ...it relaxes me a little when on vacations.

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Chesa,

Maybe I can give you at least one less thing to worry about. As far as loud, barking dogs in boarding kennels go--most of that is your imagination. I ran a biggish boarding kennel for a year and a half.

Turns out barking dogs are kind of minimal--people dropping dogs off and picking dogs up hear a lot of barking--but its because the kenneled dogs get to know the sound of people and dogs arriving and leaving. They bark then and shut up shortly thereafter.

Most of the time boarding kennels are amazingly quiet. I opened the kennel most mornings and often closed it as well. After the first three days the dogs knew the sound of my car--arriving or leaving--since we also did long term boarding there were almost always dogs in the kennels who had been there awhile--and generally unless a kenneled dog barked--which would start everyone up--none of the dogs said anything until I started feeding. If I was closing it was at least an hour after the last boarder had gone home and the kenneled dogs were sleeping--dreaming of running in the big exercise yards.
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Maybe I can give you at least one less thing to worry about. As far as loud, barking dogs in boarding kennels go--most of that is your imagination. I ran a biggish boarding kennel for a year and a half.

Turns out barking dogs are kind of minimal--people dropping dogs off and picking dogs up hear a lot of barking--but its because the kenneled dogs get to know the sound of people and dogs arriving and leaving. They bark then and shut up shortly thereafter.

Most of the time boarding kennels are amazingly quiet. I opened the kennel most mornings and often closed it as well. After the first three days the dogs knew the sound of my car--arriving or leaving--since we also did long term boarding there were almost always dogs in the kennels who had been there awhile--and generally unless a kenneled dog barked--which would start everyone up--none of the dogs said anything until I started feeding. If I was closing it was at least an hour after the last boarder had gone home and the kenneled dogs were sleeping--dreaming of running in the big exercise yards.


Ahh dobebug, once again you know how to ease my worries!!

I guess I really never thought of that. I’ve done a lot of pet sitter but have never really been around a kennel.

That really relieves me. I was kinda expecting it to be a high stress environment with all the commotion but honestly you make it sound pretty peaceful. Maybe he will enjoy this vacation as much as us! Lol

Although he’s currently in my lap shoving a dang gnawrock in my face. Not much more he enjoys more than this lol.


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aaawww, poor baby!! Im glad to hear im not the only one who went thru this! First time I left my pup she stayed with my parents and their GreatDane. I cried ALLLLLLLLL the way home! But she was FINE!!!!! good luck & best wishes!!
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Our retired neighbor had our house key...to let our last girl out, when we went to a day wedding.
- she would stop eating if ever kenneled and cry whine every waking moment
(for like 16 hours straight, if she was put in that situation)

My work supplier friend had the best solution / and he owned a small factory.
- he paid one dog loving hourly worker, a full weeks pay / to not go to work
- house was stocked with expensive food and full booze selection
- worker lived at bosses house, and cared for his dog 24/7...when vacationing on an Southern island
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Well when we dropped Ace off, he was not too happy about all the dogs barking, but then got to play in the fenced in area, and was fine. When we left we made it short and quick. Our family dropped their pets off hours later and said Ace was just chilling in his run, watching. They described him as looking calm and relaxed, while everyone else was barking.

We think Ace might not know hes a dog. Bahahah
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So sorry, busy times at work! Fridge went up over the weekend, so spent all my free time home cleaning that and thawing it out.

We got back really early Sunday, and picked Ace up! He was a bit dirty, to be expected, but his ears had stayed in all week. Little longer than we would have wanted, but its okay. Took them down immediately, and honestly they have been down since Sunday at 10am. They still look great, and 48hrs later I still haven't any drooping, so that makes me happy. Might be done!

He was obviously happy to see us... I think. He was ready to get out of the kennel and run and play, but thats how he always is. We didn't make it a big deal, and he didn't seem bothered. Went home, gave him a bath and spent the rest of the day just relaxing inbetween taking care of the fridge.

I think the break did him some good. Granted, his sit is taking longer than it use to before vacation, but he needs a refresher apparently, lol. But usually if we sit on the couch, he constantly has to be bugging us or right on top of us. Now, he just lays in the floor and plays with his toys. He seems to be keeping himself occupied better, so theres a win!

I'm still so very happy to be home and hugging him all day.

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Now, he just lays in the floor and plays with his toys



Oh that poor - poor ----------------- POOR boy - I have seen this condition many times in this breed - He is a emotional WREAK ! Being thrown out into the unknown world of misfit dogs in them dirty cages - He's a Doberman ! They have higher standards ! You know - this is a bad case ! He quit bugging you ? Just lay's on the floor ? This may be the worse case I have EVER read about - he may need some group therapy from all of us on here to snap him out of what YOU did to him - I think a good starting point would be treats on the couch ! Then talk to MC - About a NEW collar ! MC is the collar queen on here ! Anybody else - please take a second and chime in to help poor Ace - In his emotional state he is in -


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Yup! He's the epitome of abused and neglected, lol. As soon as we got home from the kennel, he kept asking to be let out and wandering into his pen which you can see is his favorite place to dig. He rolled around like a pig a few times, and wanted to come back inside!!!

He really thought it was rude of us to make him get a bath too. Us peasants should treat the King better than that!

Haha its true though, we really don't think that he knows hes a dog. He much rather be with the people! I don't know how many times a day my SO says "Spoiled dang dog", lol.

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Looks like he is changing again, growing up and into his clothes.
I'm glad he did well at boarding school.

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Sounds like it was a good experience for Ace.
Hopefully you had a great time on your vacation also......

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