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Groomers, Training & Boarding reviews - who to believe

I realize that this happens with every establishment, but the 5 vs 1 reviews in pet related businesses seems to be really prevalent.

From, they love dogs, they're the best to they killed my dog. Several of the threads accuse 1 raters and disgruntled ex employees and accuse 5 raters as current employees.

I try to go by the majority especially if there has been a large number of reviews but reading the real negative ones always gives me pause.

The boarding/doggie day care/training place that my trainer Karen recommended to me falls into that category. Some really scary reviews mixed into a pretty good list of positive.

I suppose in this case I'll follow Karen's advice, better than posts but still it's a bit troublesome.

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Any business is going to have a few disgruntled clients, and they are the ones most likely to post something negative. OTOH, I don't blindly go on ANYONE'S word, though that might lead me in the direction of checking a place out. As far as groomers are concerned, I don't leave Kodi anywhere. If I couldn't stay with him, I would have continued doing it myself.

For boarding, I will only do in-home boarding, and only with a couple of people I know well, and have seen how they keep their own and boarded dogs. In both cases, I left Kodi there for only a weekend to start with. When he so clearly ENJOYED his time there, and RUNS to see both of these people the moment they are in sight, I knew I had HIS vote.<g>

In terms of day care, I just don't see how you can do it with a coated dog, so that's the first question. Do you want your dog in a long coat or a puppy cut? After that, I think you need to be very, VERY careful about the setting. Some people seem to like their day cares, I've heard enough problems that have arisen from day cares in general that I wouldn't be willing to put my small dog into that situation. (and I could have, for free, because my son worked for one for quite a while) But I have a choice, I know some people don't. If you HAVE to put your dog in day care, I would insist on multiple shorter visits with you observing before leaving your dog full days in one of these facilities. A lot will depend on the group dynamics. I'd also choose one that has video cameras running (many do, these days) so that you can check in on your dog and see how things are going. It keeps the staff on their toes.


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No I don't have to, again one of those things that many people have suggested I should do. I work from home, occasionally there is a travel day, at this point I'm planning on having Karen, his trainer, come in a check on him. But sure seems like a long day for him to stay in his crate.

Oh and I am planning to keep him in a puppy cut, but the two day cares recommended by our vet (three sets of shots first though) shampoo and dry before pick up.

Maybe I'll just quit my job and confine him and myself to the apartment all day, dress him up in baby clothes and give him anything he wants.

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No I don't have to, again one of those things that many people have suggested I should do. I work from home, occasionally there is a travel day, at this point I'm planning on having Karen, his trainer, come in a check on him. But sure seems like a long day for him to stay in his crate.

Oh and I am planning to keep him in a puppy cut, but the two day cares recommended by our vet (three sets of shots first though) shampoo and dry before pick up.

Maybe I'll just quit my job and confine him and myself to the apartment all day, dress him up in baby clothes and give him anything he wants.
But sure seems like a long day for him to stay in his crate.

Why do you have to keep him in a crate?

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No I don't have to, again one of those things that many people have suggested I should do. I work from home, occasionally there is a travel day, at this point I'm planning on having Karen, his trainer, come in a check on him. But sure seems like a long day for him to stay in his crate.

Oh and I am planning to keep him in a puppy cut, but the two day cares recommended by our vet (three sets of shots first though) shampoo and dry before pick up.

Maybe I'll just quit my job and confine him and myself to the apartment all day, dress him up in baby clothes and give him anything he wants.
I work from home too, and like you, there are days here and there where I need to be away from home all day. Kodi has a littler box in his ex-pen, so he has more room to move around than in a crate, and he also has a potty option without having to wait for someone to take him out. My son gets home from school around 2:00, so I have him take Kodi out for a run or some play time then. But there are a few people on the forum who use doggy daycares and are happy with them. You just need to be careful.

If I were you, I'd quit your job, but NOT confine the two of you to the apartment... go out and have LOTS of fun adventures with each other!

(oh, and as far as baby clothes are concened, Kodi says to tell you, "He's a BOY dog, and BOY dogs don't DO dress-up!"... OTOH, he's all for you giving him anything he wants!)


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He'll pee in his pen if not taken out all the time. He'll hold it in his crate. I could set up his pen to open onto the balcony, but if he decided it was time to find his voice it would be a bad thing. Plus I like to keep an eye on him when he's out there.

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How about a SF Giants jersey, would Kodi approve?

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Oh, that's another thing you should know about doggy daycare, if he's not really, really well house trained before he goes there, and is in with a bunch of other small dogs, the likelihood is that his house training will back slide because he joins everyone else, peeing and pooping where he wants.


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How about a SF Giants jersey, would Kodi approve?
Yes, Kodi thinks that is QUITE manly enough for a boy dog. Kodi wants to know if he's going to get a helmet too. For now, he could sleep in it until he was big enough to wear it.


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