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How Do You Travel?

Bella is 2 1/2 and Dani is 9, but we've only had Dani 1 1/2 years. Any way, we have the time now to travel but we don't know what to do with our furry kids. They have never been at a kennel. We have taken them when we made the 1000 mile trip to take care of my dad. They traveled well. After the first 10 minutes, Bella would calm down. Dani loves the car and settles down right away.

But if we go to Hawaii or Disney World, we couldn't take our pups. I'm afraid to put them in a kennel that long because of anxiety issues they may develop.

What do you do when you travel with your dogs?

We took Bella to obedience school when she was 6 months and she is good about staying (most of the time), etc. I'd love a dog who stays with us without being restrained when she sees a stranger or another dog. But Bella is very friendly and happy. It would probably make me more comfortable taking them to the places we could if they were easier to handle.
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If I could not take mine I would use a house sitter or a dog walker. We use a teacher to take care of our horses and barn cats, if my girls could not go I would not hesitate to have her house sit or come by several times a day. (Very few Horse stables that take them on a short term basics)

If you live in a college town try the grad students. That is what my DD uses, again some house sit some just come in several times a day. Retired neighbors also make good dog sitters. The expense of these people is usually less than a couple of dogs in the kennel. The closer they live to you the better.

I prefer my animals at home while we are away, my other dogs were never really walked by them as the have always had their own yard area or runs.

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I prefer my animals at home while we are away, my other dogs were never really walked by them as the have always had their own yard area or runs.[/QUOTE]

I like the idea of Bella and Dani at home, too. We have no family but we know a responsible college student. They would be in the kennel during the day when she worked/went to school and then again at night. Dani has had urine crystals in the past and we try to get her outside every couple of hours so I don't know if that would bother her.

Like I said, we have no family so you can imagine how special these dogs are to us. That's why I thought better training of them (especially Bella) could help--except of course with Disney World or Hawaii. Maybe I'm being too careful.
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If I'm going to my DD's in Connecticut, Stella flies with me. She also goes along on car trips. If she can't go along, either my DD in town takes her or my Mom comes and stays here with her. Last week my groomer's Mother kept her at her house. I would never kennel her. She travels well and also doesn't have a problem going to other people's houses as long as she knows them.

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My husband and I have went on a vacation and we had a close friend watch Jillee and Betzie. Our two older pups stayed at home. I had my friends husband come and stay all night with them. This worked out great. We have taken Jillee with us on vacation and she did just fine. I prefer traveling with my pets. I just worry about them.

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Since we got the pups (4 yrs ago), we have planned our vacations so we can bring them along. We usually go to Cape Cod, because it is so dog friendly. If we had to go somewhere where we couldn't take them along, I am fortunate that I have my Mom or my daughter that can take care of them. If I had to kennel them, I wouldn't go.

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We have done a few different things. We were fortunate to have my breeder's mother live close by. She used to take the boys for us when we went away. Sadly, she fell and shattered her elbow, so she isn't able to take other people's dogs anymore. I have also been very lucky to have Laurie! Brady and Dugan (and Bacca too) will be staying with her this May when we go away. The last time we were away, I was able to find a college student (through my groomer) who stayed at my house with the boys. My advice is to ask around and look online at or I actually work for a petsitter that is registered on those sites. That is not the most economical way to get a petsitter, but you can find someone to stay at the house or to come in a few times a day for them. If you lived near me, you could leave them here I just had 2 hav guests this weekend

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If Bella and Dani haven't been exposed to much outside their house and environment, they might be a little scared of traveling. They might be happier at home. Plus, then you get to take a real vacation without having to take care of your pups. We all love our pups, but its always nice to get a short break too.

If you find a good dog walker/pet sitter that you like, try to have them come over a few times before you take your vacay so they can meet Bella & Dani and maybe even watch them for a few hours while you leave the house so they get used to him/her.

If you can't find a petsitter/friend/neighbor/etc, are there any cage free kennel/doggie daycare type places in your town? In LA there are some nice places where the dogs have free run, they have beds & furniture for the dogs to sleep on and a person that will sleep in one of the beds so the dogs can sleep with a human if they prefer. It seems like a better environment to me than a typical stuck in a cage kennel type place. And the people who work at these types of places are true animal lovers and give the pups plenty of love. If you can find a place like this, you might want to try it out for an afternoon to make sure Bella & Dani do ok. It just depends on what type of personalities your pups have. Lola isn't too thrilled when I leave her at daycare for a few hours every so often, so I would never leave her overnight. But some of my friends dogs & other dogs I see there seem to love it.

You could ask that responsible college student you know if she can recommend one of her friends that can stop by for a few hours during the day while she goes to work/school.

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Have you thought about asking a forum member? I had talked to someone before about taking care of Mimi but our going away plans changed.

You can also check out for recommendations on kennels and day cares.
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I second the recommendation of a forum member. Even if it's a little out of the way it would be worth it for peace of mind! I use my sister when we're going out of town, but have had Alan and Michelle (Guapo's parents) take care of them when she can't. It works out great! We've also puppysat for Guapo several times. It all evens out in the end!

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