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Update: Bring him or leave him

Hi all,
Everyone helped with all their suggestions and I've resigned myself to leaving coco home. I visited Angela, the woman who takes dogs into her home, and found it a nice place. She keeps the bigger dogs separated from the little ones and has a nice fenced in yard. She has some crates if any dog feels more comfortable in a crate at night and lots of doggie beds. She is home mostly all day. She works 2 days a week, 3hrs each day and walks dogs for people that are working. When she is not home the dogs are kept in 2 rooms gated, one with a couch and one with a large crate door opened, and blankets. Coco seemed a little nervous, but started to play with her dog and was having fun. So why am I not sure if I should leave him here??? Is it just a new mommy not wanting to leave her baby? She had alot going on and was very "all over the place" and it occured to me just now that she really didn't give Coco much attention. I didn't ask if she ever plays with the dogs either. Please tell me if I'm being over protective. And should I check out Camp Bow Wow and Best Friends before making a final decision? Thanks in advance for your input.

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I would check out all three before making a decision. Coco is unlikely to get a lot of individual attention at a boarding facility either, but that may be fine if there are other dogs to play with.

I, personally, would not want my dog left unsupervised with other dogs, even dogs his own size. Even in an in-home boarding situation, dogs can get into spats relatively easily, and wouldn't want my dog hurt or scared. But you could probably just tell her you wanted Coco crated when she's not there to supervise. (and I'd bring a familiar crate from home, not have him put into a strange crate with strange smells). It sounds like the days she works, the dogs aren't along long enough for it to be a problem so that wouldn't worry me.

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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.
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I never thought of that Karen, (unsupervised when she is not home) I think I will check out the kennels in the area that have gotten good reviews. They may be slightly more money but the dogs are supervised. Littlebudy: I don't think I'll be able to find someone to come into my home but will ask around. Thanks for your reponses.

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we found our sitter by asking all our friends who have pets and the vet along with the groomer. if you get the word out, someone might come about. good luck!
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Again, gotta recommend Camp Bow Wow... Coach boarded there great and you have to love the webcams. I'm sending him there this week for just a play day. There is always someone in the room/area with them and they are grouped according to size.

They also do an interview day before letting you stay... (owners of pit bulls complain that they do that to keep them out... hey, works for me)

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