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Question Any MD or NoVA boarding or petsitting recommendations?

I've been fortunate to be able to rely on my parents to dogsit 2-year-old Tappington for us when we go on vacation, but we want my parents to come along with my family too sometimes! I really must find somewhere to take him. No other family in the area and my willing friends all have big dogs like labs and boxers which are too much for him. I've checked out a few places but am suffering from "nowhere is good enough" syndrome. I prefer he only be with small dogs which eliminates most places. I'm hesitant to have a stranger in the house. Has anyone used a good small dog home-style boarding place in the DC Metro area (preferably Maryland but will go anywhere around here)?
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God no advice just wanted to say I m in the same boat this guilt feeling really bites!!! My mom is the only one so far who has watched Darla and it was only for 2 nights!! So Im in the same boat don't really want anybody in our home at all/want her to be with like 2 small dogs tops LOL and want the place to be clean and safe!! Urghhh and oh don't want her in a crate at the vets NO THANKS!!

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I know the feeling, just went through it. I was looking for someone who took dogs into their homes instead of kenneling. I was very lucky. My breeder is going to take him when we go on holidays and he will be with his mum and dad and 4 other little females his own age. He won't want to come home. Do you have your breeders close by? Maybe they could sit. We are going to pay her the same as we would a kennel, although that was my idea not hers. I feel it is only fair she be compensated for her work. Anyway just a thought.







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I had a feeling I wasn't alone in this! I searched all over the forum but don't see this topic addressed as much as I thought it would be. The attached velco type personality I think adds to the dilemma ... it's hard to imagine him in a boarding situation! His breeder is 3 hours away, so not too convenient, but you're right...maybe there are others. Not sure if they take in dogs that weren't "their own" though. I found one place that seems ok, but they take more dogs than I'd like. I'm with you NICM - two or three max would be perfect. I think I'm asking the impossible. Ollie's mom, yes that payment seems fair. So nice you have that solution.
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I had a feeling I wasn't alone in this! I searched all over the forum but don't see this topic addressed as much as I thought it would be. The attached velco type personality I think adds to the dilemma ... it's hard to imagine him in a boarding situation! His breeder is 3 hours away, so not too convenient, but you're right...maybe there are others. Not sure if they take in dogs that weren't "their own" though. I found one place that seems ok, but they take more dogs than I'd like. I'm with you NICM - two or three max would be perfect. I think I'm asking the impossible. Ollie's mom, yes that payment seems fair. So nice you have that solution.
I can tell you I WOULDN'T kennel Kodi for any reason. I have networked with people through the training facility where we go, and have someone who watches Kodi in her home when I'm away. In the rare instances when she hasn't been able to take him, (she had surgery a year ago) I was able to find another person from the training center who watched him for me. Interestingly, BOTH of these people have large dogs… the one he usually stays with has two GSD's, but also has two small dogs that Kodi likes to play with. The one who pinch hit for me has 2 Rotties. One of the Rotties gets along great with Kodi, though, of course, they were watched every moment that they were together. The older "grumpy" Rottie was just kept separate from him at all times., as are the GSD's… not because they are mean, but just because they are big and bouncy.

I guess it is a matter of feeling confident in the dog management skills of the person involved. Both of the people Kodi has stayed with are long time, experienced dog trainers in their own rights. I have no worries about them, and he LOVES being with them!

For those who haven't developed a "dog community" the way I have, I've heard good things about "Doggy Vacay" on the internet. Of course, you'd have to check out each situation thoroughly and ask for small dog references, but IMO, that's MUCH preferable to traumatizing them with a kennel experience.


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I second Karen's recommendation of Dogvacay, and Rover.com as well. Both have people who watch dogs in their homes. Of course you have to do due diligence in terms of feeling people out, but at least they are screened somewhat by the agencies. I have had "meet and greets" with several people through those sites, and a few are folks I would feel comfortable leaving my dog with for a few days if I had to. (Mostly I hate leaving him, but don't travel much anyway). What's great about it is you can try them out by leaving your dog just for a day a few times. Most of the sitters will take pics or videos, and after assessing your dog's response to them, demeanor when he/she gets home, watching the videos, and getting to know the person a little bit, you can feel much more comfortable about leaving the dog in their care. That having been said... I've only had to do it once for 5 days when I had to leave town, and that was the longest 5 days of my life! That was when I realized that I was the one with the separation anxiety problem. Anyway... check it out well ahead of when you have to travel, so you have some possibilities in place. I hope that works out for you!


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Oh also, I forgot to mention, you can screen people for whether they have their own dogs, board more than one dog at a time, size of dogs, etc. Some of the people will take dogs who require no other pets present, or otherwise accommodate your needs. I like to go with folks who have one or two of their own dogs who Benjamin likes. He is such a social little guy and loves to have a couple of doggie buddies to hang out with. He has done really well with some large and gentle dogs, so size is not necessarily the only indicator. In fact, one couple he stayed with, for just part of a day, had a Great Pyrenees that he would hide under when the cat was bothering him.


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Can anyone provide specific recommendations for Maryland or NOVA? I'm interested in finding a short term sitter in mid June when I'm in DC for a wedding near Lafayette Square so am curious what my options may be. But in my case I only need assistance for a day or two.

fandances - are there any doggie daycare places near you that also do boarding? Those can sometimes be decent options if you can't find an in-home sitter. (And people please don't be negative about that option - it has worked well for me a few times in Seattle.) I've also had luck with rover.com, which is comparable to dogvacay.com; in fact, my rover sitter is listed on both sites.

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Karen, how lucky you have found a good arrangement. And I know what you mean about big and bouncy...that is what Tappington shies away from. I definitely wouldn't kennel him, he would be depressed within minutes. A home with a couple small dogs would work I think, so I'll look into Dog Vacay and Rover. It would take some gradual warming up though since neither of us would know the person. Eileen, hiding under the big dog to avoid the cat is so funny! I have a good visual of that. Jeanne, I do have a few places I plan to look into if you want to message me, I can send them to you. I hesitate to list them right here since I haven't personally checked them out yet. If the dates work out, I may be able to help you out in June if you find yourself in a bind and in a situation you don't feel good about. A twin black hav for a day or two could be fun.
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I used to use a doggie day care too for boarding. Like Marina Girl I had good experiences with it. The place was great with web cams and small and big dog rooms. I left my lab for a month once when I was out of the country. The ownership changed however and the new owners banned my lab because I refused to give him a parvo vac and the titer was unacceptable. My dogs also came home with ticks! So that was that and I found a good pet sitter.

I'm getting ready to leave for a trip and I'm using a pet sitter. This will be the longest I've been away from my hav. Hopefully he will be okay with it! My pet sitter will stay overnight most of the time and on the nights she isnt staying she is going to spend extra time with them. My main concern with my two is they are very routine oriented and my lab especially does not like change. I hope he does not get too depressed while we are gone. I am also thinking about having the pet sitter bring some new toys with her.
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