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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-30-2013, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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First Time Extended Leave

Gibbs is 23 weeks old and has lived with Dana and I since he was 9 weeks.

Dana and I are leaving for Hawaii for 7 days, and leaving Gibbs with Dana's parents. He's been to their house on numerous occasions, but never overnight. He knows and loves them well as they will often dog sit, at either of our houses.

We are taking the following items:

1. Travel crate in which he sleeps.
2. Favorite blankets and towels.
3. PJ's with my and Dana's scent.
4. Favorite sleep and play toys.
5. Same food and treats.
6. Same leash.
7. His own couch and couch blanket.


Aside from possibly doing some overnights before (too late), is there anything else we should do?

John




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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-30-2013, 11:39 AM
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Since Gibbs already knows them and seems, from what you post, to be well balanced and social, I suspect he'll be just fine. Kodi wasn't quite that young the first time I had to leave him. I think he was 10 months. In fact I'm SURE he was 10 months, because he started MAJORLY blowing coat while I was gone.

He was very happy to see me when I got home, of course, but my friend that he stayed with (he knew her well before I left, too) siad that he had seemed happy and bouncy from the time I walked out the door. Now he's so used to staying there, and looks forward to playing with her dogs, that he doesn't even say good bye when I drop him off! (Though he's also exstatic to see me when I get back!


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