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Question Help! Traveling and not sure if I should board him or have him stay at home

Hi. I will be going on vacation for two weeks in August. I'm not sure what's worse for Kubes' separation anxiety.....boarding or having someone live at my house. A few other things to note....we just recently moved so he has had a bit of anxiety adjusting to the move. So boarding would have him playing with others but he would be out of the environment that he's just getting used to. Conversely, the person who would be staying with him at my house (if we go this route) works full time so he would check on him at lunch and be with him every evening and weekends. I can also have another friend stop by during the day occasionally.

Which one is the better option for my little guy....boarding or staying at home? I don't want to traumatize him as he's just getting used to his new space but I don't want him to be lonely either. Help!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Welcome to the group , tough question. You know your dog best. Not fond of either.

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This is a tough one, mine has a great deal of separation anxiety (or did when she was younger) and I've never boarded her, I probably never will. The one time we didn't take her on vacation with us...she stayed with friends of ours, retired couple who I know doted on her and took care of her the whole week. If you know someone who is home all day/ or most of the day and can dog sit, that'd probably be the best way to go.
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Hi all,

Any other time we have gone on vacation, he has stayed with his grandparents (aka my parents) who adore him. Problem is that they are going with us. I don't know anyone else who would be able to care for him responsibly....I'm kind of picky....he is my first born son! My brother offered but my 7 year old niece is too rough with him. I live in Baltimore so if anyone knows of a decent place for him for two weeks, please let me know. I am so worried about this. Originally, he could have stayed in NJ at my in-law's house but they unexpectedly sold their house (in this market!!).

Also, Kubes is puppy pad trained so that's another fear in boarding him. I don't want to mess with his training. He is such a good boy.
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Have you ever done doggie daycare? My pup fared better being boarded at his doggie daycare (we go 2-3x a month) and being able to run around all day than he did staying with a friend of mine who was home all day and playing just with their dog. From doggie daycare place, when I came to pick him up he ran towards me, gave me a kiss and then ran back to his friends. At my friend's house, I came back and he wimpered he was so excited to see me and was at his most velco-ness. He definitely had a blast playing with their dog (I got lots of supercute pictures), but I think he was more familiar with doggie daycare. So there's that experience.
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Just sent you a PM. We are outside of Philadelphia and watch small dogs out of our home. If the dates work, we would be happy to take him.

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I'm going through the same thing. It's hard to decide what to do with our babies. I'm leaning toward the doggie day care myself because of some of the feedback I got here. Coco is very social and loves to play with other dogs and is not used to being alone. Try him out at the day care and see how it goes. The only thing is they can be pricey at least here in NY. Good Luck

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Same as other thread, I vote for day care/boarding. Coach has become way more sociable since going. I had him at Camp Bow Wow for 5 days when I went to my sons graduation. I dropped him off the other day just for a play day and the guy came out to get him, both were thrilled to see each other again, he let Coach lick his face all over. He cuddled him and they both looked so happy!

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