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i had a similar experience. a woman was recommended by a friend who dog sit and has all the dogs in her home. i took my dog years ago for a meet and greet. although there were beds everywhere, toys, etc. and 3 other dogs, i could sence that my dog was uncomfortable as was I. my concern was what happens when she leaves, will the strange dogs cause my dog anxiety, will he enjoy his walk if she's walking 2 other dogs along side? etc. etc.
i don't think you are being over protective, my feeling when it comes to anything, i always listen to my gut. we ended up finding an amazing dog sitter who comes to our home. over the past 4 years, our dog has been dealing with addisons so his ability to deal with daily stress is challenging. anything we can do to make him less stress when we travel, we do it, and that means finding someone to stay at the house.
when our dog was a puppy we did not have the amazing kennels that are available to us now. i don't know if i could have kenneled him but if we had great kennels, perhaps i would have considered taking him there as a puppy many of these places let you skype in and have 24 hour video available so you can see them all day long. i know now with his addisons a kennel is not an option. i don't think he would recover.
if you can find someone to stay with him at your home, my personal feeling is that that is the best.