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Old 20-07-2011, 11:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We are going away fairly soon for 2 weeks and have booked our 8 year old lab and 5 month old lab puppy into local kennels. We have used these kennels before but not for a few years as a friend normally looks after the older dog but we didn't feel we could ask them to look after a puppy too.
As it gets nearer to going away I am nervous about putting such a young dog in kennels even though he'll be with the older dog and they get on very well (now!).
I have the option of leaving both dogs with a friend's son who is home from university and would like to earn some money. He'll already be looking after their two dogs and I'm worried 4 dogs including a very young puppy will be too much for him. The dogs all know each other and get on fairly well.
I recently discovered home boarding but all the local ones have been fully booked for months!
Any advice very welcome.
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Old 20-07-2011, 11:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Kennels.. :wink:

As they are together, they will be fine.. i constantly worried when my son looked after mine, as I know they can be easily distracted... :roll: I felt much more relaxed when I knew they were being looked after in a kennel.

I'm not a lover of kennels but you do know that they are in a routine and exactly where they are...

I am having one of my home bred girls back for a holiday as they are worried about kennels. This is mainly as it is a lonely dog. As you have two labs, I do think that the kennel option is the best and i bet they love it..

Do not worry, they will be fine...


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Old 21-07-2011, 12:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Kennels too :wink:

5months is a good time for a pup to have a kennel stay with his buddy to keep him company.

At 5 months lots of things are new and this will be just another new experience. That way if you ever need him to go in the future he'll already 'get' how it all works

Being able to be kenneled is a little 'life experience' I like my dogs to accept. After all we never know when circumstances might mean they have to be kennelled, be it at the vets or whatever. I'd much rather they do that calmly because they've done it before from being a pup than be anxious and stressed.
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Old 21-07-2011, 01:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Kennels without a doubt.

I have two teenage sons who I love dearly, but they can barely look after themselves let alone three dogs :wink: :roll: I can only trust them to look after my three for one night, and even then there are a lot of phone calls home :roll:

We are lucky enough to have found a lovely kennels where I know that my dogs are very well looked after.
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Old 21-07-2011, 02:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Another vote for kennels. I put Charlie into kennels for a trial weekend when she was about 5 months. We went away for the weekend just so that she could go in kennels. She was fine. Then when she was just over a year she went in for two weeks. She came out fine and happy.

As long as you find kennels you are happy with everything should go well.
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Hi, kennels get my vote too. We had to put Max in for long weekend when he was 5 months old, and he seemed to cope fine with no after effects. We could have left him with the lovely young girl who helped us with toilet break visits when he was very little, but we came to the conclusion we couldn't puppy proof her home, nor make sure she was always focused on him (she dog walks and would be in and out all the time), so he was probably safer in kennels. As others have said, better to get them used to it young when they take to it easier
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I use kennels as no friends or family would have my two and to be honest I would worry myself sick if they were not in kennels. As long as you have trust in the kennels you use I think they are safer there. My two first went in at 6 months old as we had a holiday abroad and they were fine. I was upset leaving them but they had each other and they were well looked after. Haven't had a foreign holiday since but I am sat planning next years right now
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Thank you all so much for your advice. They will both be going into kennels! I know fron previous experience that it's not easy dropping them off but I think you are right about it being a worthwhile experience and I know I won't worry as much.
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I'd say kennels if the home boarders are booked. I recently found a lovely flat coat wandering down the road and it turns out he was being 'looked after' by a teenage son who had left the garden gate open!
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Kennels always 8O
after years of relying of family members to look after my old girl I now realise that my two youngsters love the kennels 8O much to my surprise they cant get out of the car fast enough :roll: after all my worry!!
I think "being as the kennels are very good" they love the routine meals, walks, they know what to expect when??
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