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Background: I'm nervous about having to board my dog for a few days.

Over Thanksgiving, I am taking a out of town trip and Jackson is unable to join and will need a babysitter. My brother offered to watch over him (he has a beagle and a large 100lb lab). And although it was a nice gesture, I don't know if I totally trust him or the other dogs with my dog. His dogs are constantly shredding stuff up and not listening and I'm a little hesitant to bring him into this environment. However, my only other option is boarding him up. I've looked around in my area (Omaha) for a respectable place.

I located one.....not sure if anyone is from Omaha and has had experience with this place. Here is the link to their site: Camp Bow Wow, Home Buddies & Behavior Buddies - Omaha

At $38 a night, it is quite expensive but he will only be there for two days. I'm willing to shell out extra dough for good care.

Any thoughts or advice?
 

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cannot give you advice on boarding, i have been lucky to have never needed to board my dogs. I do look after any of my pups if their owners need to get away. I love to see them.

Can your pups breeder help out?

I do think that maybe your brother staying might be more fun for your pup. :)

good luck with your decision.
 

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I don't think $38/night is expensive. When I worked at a boarding/daycare facility it was $50/night. I have a Camp Bow Wow near me that I've used for grooming. The girl was not friendly so I'll never go back, but I'm sure that's not the case everywhere. Maybe take him for daycare a couple of times before you actually have to board him. It will be less stressful for him.
 

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As long as you're careful about the boarding kennel you use, I think it's a good thing for puppies to spend the night away from home now and then for short periods of time. There's no better way for them to learn to reach inside themselves for confidence, rather than becoming overly dependent on their owners. There's no better way for them to learn to assimilate change of environment quickly and easily. These are all important things in rasing a dog to be the best they can be.

My girl Razzle went to a boarding kennel for a few days for the first time at about 16 weeks-she came home happy as she could be, and much the better for it.
 

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As long as you're careful about the boarding kennel you use, I think it's a good thing for puppies to spend the night away from home now and then for short periods of time. There's no better way for them to learn to reach inside themselves for confidence, rather than becoming overly dependent on their owners. There's no better way for them to learn to assimilate change of environment quickly and easily. These are all important things in rasing a dog to be the best they can be.
YES THIS!!! All my dogs go for overnights as puppies and adults occasionally even if I'm not travelling. As someone who does dog boarding, i see so many dogs who haev owners who didn't do that socializing and these poor dogs are so stressed out the entire time. I want my dogs to be able to thrive without me. Have the confidence to carry on and have fun.
 

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Camp bowow looks like an excellent facility for dogs that love to play with other dogs. I would definately try it out for a day before leaving Jackson for the weekend.
 

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Does you vet have a good boarding facility? If so that might be an option if you puppy has been there a few times. We have boarded Roxy once at the vet for about a week. She did well. I think part if it was that she had been to vet every week while her ears were posted and taped. The our vet also made a point to look in on her while she was there.
 

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As long as you're careful about the boarding kennel you use, I think it's a good thing for puppies to spend the night away from home now and then for short periods of time. There's no better way for them to learn to reach inside themselves for confidence, rather than becoming overly dependent on their owners. There's no better way for them to learn to assimilate change of environment quickly and easily. These are all important things in rasing a dog to be the best they can be.

My girl Razzle went to a boarding kennel for a few days for the first time at about 16 weeks-she came home happy as she could be, and much the better for it.
I think it's a good thing, too, but would offer one caution: some places do not have outdoor access for elimination purposes, and this can set housebreaking back for some pups ("Oh! You mean it's fine if I pee inside, now?!!").

I have a couple of Camp Bow Wows near me and have heard a bit. My cousin worked for one very briefly in a different state from where I live, and I heard some things. I am sure different franchises can be different, but that still wouldn't be my first choice...
 

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We use the Camp Bow Wow by us all the time! I love that they have cameras every where so I can watch the dogs during the day while we are on vacation! Although the family gets a little annoyed with me because we can't leave the room until I have seen them on camera for the day! :11doh:

They usually make your dog do a temperament test before you can board with them. But I would suggest putting him in the daycare a couple of days before you go on vacation too so he will get used to it!

We actually have our new boy Riley going in for his temp. test next week at Camp Bow wow so we can board him at Christmas!
 

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YES THIS!!! All my dogs go for overnights as puppies and adults occasionally even if I'm not travelling. As someone who does dog boarding, i see so many dogs who haev owners who didn't do that socializing and these poor dogs are so stressed out the entire time. I want my dogs to be able to thrive without me. Have the confidence to carry on and have fun.
ditto on both posters.
When I was in the military as a pup, my first dobe had to board on Xmas and 2 other occasions. The first time I was a nervous wreck but when I got him and he was very very happy to see us. You have to think what goes thru his mind..like: are they coming back. It gets easier on both you and the dog as its repeated. Its rewarding to the dog bcuz his coming back to luxury again LOL
 

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Good advice already given, so all I'll add is, most boarding facilities fill up for the major holidays. If you decide to board your dog, you need to call and make the reservation today, or you may find yourself forced to take your brother up on his offer.

Regards,:wavey:
 

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Do a daycare day there first. Make sure pup has the bordatella vaccination, that's a requirement.

I have to board my 5 month old pup for a week for a business trip, I'm boarding her next to her "brother" Dexter at a kennel that my trainer owns, so she will at least know the place. But I'm a nervous wreck nonetheless!
 

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I agree Jackson might have more fun at your brother's but I also think it's a good idea to have other options. You never know when you might have to leave town quickly and need to take Jackson some place for care. Like Jhagman said, I, too, like the idea of a day care there first. Maybe also go unannounced and see if you can see where the dogs are kept and what goes on.
 
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