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I cruise with my son and granddaughter each year. I will be away for 8 days. Hubby stays home but will work most days either 6AM-2PM or 2PM-10PM. I'm trying to decide what is the best way to care for Chi-Chi. My thoughts for evening shift is for hubby to leave at 1PM and have a dogwalker come at 5PM with hubby returning 10:15ish. I would have a walker come in 9AM and noon for the day shift. Any thoughts on leaving her alone for this length of time? The other option is a dog camp that a lot of people rave about but she would have to stay there Thursday, Friday, Saturday and get picked up Sunday as it is too far away to commute. She will be around 9 months when I leave in August.
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My Rocky is 4 1/2 months. He is left alone Monday through Friday while we work. On Monday and Wednesday, he is there from 10 - 3:00 and on the other days, he is alone from 9:00 to anywhere from 5:00 to 7:00. I go home on those days during lunch to take him out and feed him and play for a few minutes and then it's back to work for me. We have been doing this since we got him at 7 weeks. He stays in an exercise pen while we are gone. He has his bed, toys, pee pad, and water dish. Very seldom does he use the pee pad, but it's there just in case.

When I go home at lunch and it's time for me to leave, I say "Mommy has to go back to work now" and he goes to his pen.

I'm sure there are some who will disagree with me, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with leaving a dog (even a Havanese) alone. Mine is thriving in all ways - In fact, we spent 8 hours at a ball field with him this past Sunday and there were several dogs there. Mine was the best behaved of all of them and the most social. I truly believe it's what they get used to.

I think keeping yours at home and have a walker come in would be better than boarding her. Just my opinion.
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day camp for that long a time without having been slowly adjusted to could be a bad idea. what ever you decide ,it should be minimumally invasive . Its' all about rehearsing beforehand.

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My Rocky is 4 1/2 months. He is left alone Monday through Friday while we work. On Monday and Wednesday, he is there from 10 - 3:00 and on the other days, he is alone from 9:00 to anywhere from 5:00 to 7:00. I go home on those days during lunch to take him out and feed him and play for a few minutes and then it's back to work for me. We have been doing this since we got him at 7 weeks. He stays in an exercise pen while we are gone. He has his bed, toys, pee pad, and water dish. Very seldom does he use the pee pad, but it's there just in case.

When I go home at lunch and it's time for me to leave, I say "Mommy has to go back to work now" and he goes to his pen.

I'm sure there are some who will disagree with me, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with leaving a dog (even a Havanese) alone. Mine is thriving in all ways - In fact, we spent 8 hours at a ball field with him this past Sunday and there were several dogs there. Mine was the best behaved of all of them and the most social. I truly believe it's what they get used to.

I think keeping yours at home and have a walker come in would be better than boarding her. Just my opinion.
Thanks, Tracie. It makes me optimistic to hear that Rocky is doing well. Keeping her at home is my first choice. I'm just hoping I have not ruined that as she has not been left for more than an hour or so and that's only been a few times.
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day camp for that long a time without having been slowly adjusted to could be a bad idea. what ever you decide ,it should be minimumally invasive . Its' all about rehearsing beforehand.
Thanks Dave. Maybe I will start gradually leaving her for longer stints to see how she does. I have read so many boarding kennel horror stories I don't know if I could enjoy myself if I left her there for 3 days.
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I am afraid of day camps, boarding etc too. I have never done it and most dogs will survive fine but I know of horror stories with dogs of people I know and it's not worth the risk. Plus I worry about them catching something and at best I think it can be a stressful situation for them. I like your first plan of hubby/pet walker combo! (I wish we lived closer Sophie and I would love to help! )
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I cruise with my son and granddaughter each year. I will be away for 8 days. Hubby stays home but will work most days either 6AM-2PM or 2PM-10PM. I'm trying to decide what is the best way to care for Chi-Chi. My thoughts for evening shift is for hubby to leave at 1PM and have a dogwalker come at 5PM with hubby returning 10:15ish. I would have a walker come in 9AM and noon for the day shift. Any thoughts on leaving her alone for this length of time? The other option is a dog camp that a lot of people rave about but she would have to stay there Thursday, Friday, Saturday and get picked up Sunday as it is too far away to commute. She will be around 9 months when I leave in August.
I'd use a dog walker. I have a couple of lovely women who come in and care for my dogs once or twice a day when everyone has to be away from home all day. One of them is actually going to live at our house when we go away for a week for an out of state wedding this summer.


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My Rocky is 4 1/2 months. He is left alone Monday through Friday while we work. On Monday and Wednesday, he is there from 10 - 3:00 and on the other days, he is alone from 9:00 to anywhere from 5:00 to 7:00. I go home on those days during lunch to take him out and feed him and play for a few minutes and then it's back to work for me. We have been doing this since we got him at 7 weeks. He stays in an exercise pen while we are gone. He has his bed, toys, pee pad, and water dish. Very seldom does he use the pee pad, but it's there just in case.

When I go home at lunch and it's time for me to leave, I say "Mommy has to go back to work now" and he goes to his pen.

I'm sure there are some who will disagree with me, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with leaving a dog (even a Havanese) alone. Mine is thriving in all ways - In fact, we spent 8 hours at a ball field with him this past Sunday and there were several dogs there. Mine was the best behaved of all of them and the most social. I truly believe it's what they get used to.

I think keeping yours at home and have a walker come in would be better than boarding her. Just my opinion.
It CAN work, if you get the right dog with the right temperament. But you ARE breaking up the day by going to be with him, at least for a while, in the middle. It's not ideal, but as long as the family is spending lots of quality time with him outside work hours, it can certainly work.

That is WAY different, however, from a dog who is USED to having someone home most of the time and is then suddenly left most of the day alone. IMO, it's STILL better than most boarding situations, especially for this breed, but it's not something the dog is already used to.
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Thanks, Tracie. It makes me optimistic to hear that Rocky is doing well. Keeping her at home is my first choice. I'm just hoping I have not ruined that as she has not been left for more than an hour or so and that's only been a few times.
I think she'll be fine. Your husband will be home a good amount of time, and as long as someone comes in to care for her in the middle, she will be in her own familiar surroundings, which counts for a lot.

I WOULD start PURPOSELY leaving for longer periods between now and when you go, however. Just make SURE not to make a big deal about coming and going.


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