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Old 05-28-2007, 07:36 AM   #1
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We go away for 2 weeks shortly and have booked our almost 7-month old Sheltie b**ch into boarding kennels. Can't let my friend look after her, even though she has offered for fear of our dog coming into season, as she has a boy Sheltie. I am so worried now that she will pine too much and it will affect her badly. What do you all think? The kennels are fine, so no worries about them.

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Old 05-28-2007, 07:44 AM   #2
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Let me tell you about the first time I left my dog Zircon in a kennel.
Hubby and I went to Hawaii for 10 days, and I felt awful about leaving Zircon for about the same reason you did.
Well after we got back and picked him up, I called the place to ask how things had gone. Instead of getting the owner, I got a young gal who works there. After I described him, she said "Zircon? Oh he is such a muffin! If you ever need a home for him, I'll take him!" (I guess 'muffin' is something good ). Anyway, she went on to say how she had played with him.
So...him pining for me my foot! Sure, he missed me, but in a pinch he played ball with this young woman (who admittedly went out of her way to make sure that Zircon had fun).
I think that he will miss you, he will not eat much the first day or so, but he will adjust and for your peace of mind it is the best solution.
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:54 AM   #3
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Try not to worry too much. If you've found a good kennel, Silas will be safe there & will undoubtedly adjust quickly. Youngsters will usually adapt quickly & puppies always melt the hearts of those caring for them.
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Oh thanks Skunstripe. I do hope you are right and that she won't pine too much. I feel a bit better now, but still feel guilty !!

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Thank you too Katz. Expect I'm just worrying unnecessarily like always.

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My family has bad expiriences with friends watching our pets, and we don't trust boarding kennels, so we board ours at the vets when we rarely go somewhere. Kira and Charlie goto the vets, Amber gets put in her run at home during the day and fed by the neighbor (she does very badly away from home)

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Silas, I hope leaving your dog at a kennel works out for you and your dog

Personally, I never have, and never will board my dog at a kennel. I could only imagine what may go on behind closed doors. A friendly meet and greet with the employees of a kennel, isn't enough to satisfy me that any one place is good. I'd hate to leave Shelby at a kennel, and upon returning, find that something is different about her, and the employees are like "I don't know"....Shelby means too much to us, and if I really had to, I would leave her with family or friends, but only someone I was sure would be able to take care of her as well as we do.

Now many of you, I'm sure, have had wonderful experiences with leaving your dogs at a kennel, and will boast about how leaving a dog at a kennel isn't anything to worry about. That's fine, for you...but not good enough for me.
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Thanks for your honest opinion Shelby - I understand how you feel, believe me, but I have no other choice but really wish I had. If it wasn't for her being due to come into season any time soon, she could stay with my friend. As my friend has a male Sheltie who is still young and intact, I dare not risk it. I put up a thread about this a few weeks back, about whether we should have her spayed before her first season so that she could stay there, but was advised against it by most people. Thank you anyway.

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Well I work at a dog kennel. There is a lot of bad kennels at there, you have to be very concerned with. I for one would never bored my dog at a vet's office. I have toured many vets kennels and they don't let the dogs out enough, and they are in very tiny kennels. We let our dogs out 6 times a day, depending on wheather they go out 20 mins everytime. We scoop everytime that each dog goes out. We have covered large kennels, and we have huge outdoors areas. I know of 8 kennels that just keep the dogs inside there kennel the whole time, they just put ceder down for them, which if dogs have sores, they can get infected. There is nothing to be worried about if you find a great kennel. I love my job. I spend a lot of one on one time with the dogs, and we have clients who call our kennel doggie camp because the dogs love it so much and can't wait to come.
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I've worked at 2 strictly boarding kennels "pet resorts" and a vet's office with a boarding kennel attached. The first pet resort I worked for, I recommend them any day. Me and the owner had arguments about stuff outside of work (I kept my horse on her property..agh..) so that's why I quit, but all in all it was a great place. We always had the dogs outside, there were enough people to keep all the doggies entertained and we did what needed to be done.We had "playtimes" that the owner could pay for, but if there was a first timer that was going nuts in the kennel, we would try to fit him in to go out too, for free, and recommend he get regular playtimes next time. I was there for roughly a year.

The second pet resort I worked at had daycare too. I was there less than a month-and at risk of "slandering" a company, I wouldn't board my worst enemy there. The dogs were never let of the kennels unless they were going to the daycare. When you took the tour, they would show you these fenced areas in the back-there were four of them and they were pretty large, and tell you thats where the dogs went out to. No, those were for "overflow" in daycare-if we had too many daycare dogs they'd just be put out back. I was the only kennel tech and he didn't want me having more than like 25-30 hours a week, so there was practically no time for individualized attention. The dogs were not allowed to bark, if they did the guy would come through and scream and kick the cages. Not to mention the time two of the day care dogs got into a fight, so he "hung" the culprit and beat it with a broom..AFTER the fight was over. That was the day I quit.

The vet's office was OK but very little individual attention-dogs went out, we cleaned, we brought them in, and onto the next one. A lot of people wouldn't let them out again, only once a day. And on Sundays there was only the one kennel person there and god only knows if they would even let all the dogs out, let alone clean.

So all in all, check out the kennel thoroughly. In all the places I've worked there wasn't usually sad dogs-they usually did just fine. There's a few that didn't eat much, but spicing up their food helped. I wouldn't worry too much, just check and double check that kennel!

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