Post # 1
I have been almost begging for a puppy for the last few months, literally stalking the human society website, petfinder and going to petco adoptions at least twice a week. WELL, I randomly came upon this dog that I immeditately fell in love with. *GUSH* Beautiful boxer/beagle mix but he’s still three weeks away from being able to leave his momma. My problem? July 31-Aug 14 I am going on a vacation, I am afraid to leave the puppy alone for that long of a time.. my boyfriend is afraid it will “hurt” any bond we grow together with the puppy and eventhough I want to bring the dog everywhere with us, as a puppy its probably not a good idea to take it on a 10hr flight. What do you think? Will this harm the dog at all? WE fully expect to get a very hands on caregiver for the dog while we are gone, hoping to persuade some friends to check on him too. I am taking online classes all summer and the majority of the next 2yrs, so I will be able to spend almost every second of every day with the dog for all the rest of the time. Help!
Post # 3
Dogs have very little concept of time beyond “You’ve been gone!” And “You’re back!!” especially if they are getting fed and attention in the interm. I think it will be fine. You will be leaving the dog other times too. As long as you get a good sitter then I don’t see why it would be an issue.
Post # 4
He’ll miss you but he’ll be ok! Just make sure that the caregiver keeps up with his training (if you’re crate training him and such) and show him lots of love!
Post # 5
We went on a six week trip to Greece last year and had a 6 month old puppy at home. We got a house sitter who loves dogs and was able to keep up on the training. My puppy was crazy excited to see us when we got back but I knew she was in good hands and well cared for when we were gone.
Post # 6
I think it’s not a great idea to get a dog and immediately leave it for any length of time. Dogs can develop deep anxiety issues, including separation anxiety, that way.
Post # 7
How old will the pup be? b.c kennels or pet sitters will not board a dog unless it is 4 months or older im pretty sure.
Post # 8
I fall in love with animals every month or two on Petfinder, and obsess about them, constantly checking the website to see if they’ve been adopted or not. Eventually they do get adopted, and I’m bummed for me but thrilled for them at the same time. Then I move on and find another animal to dream about. I rather think you’ll do the same. It’s really not fair to a pet to adopt and then leave them to go on a vacation so soon afterwards.
Most rescue pets have been through a lot already, and don’t need the added stress of going to your home, then you leaving them with Sister Suzie for two weeks and starting to get settled there, then going back to your home. A newly weaned puppy will also have the added stressor of leaving mom and siblings behind.
Sorry, but I think you need to put the pup’s best interests ahead of your own wants. If it’s meant to be, he will still be available when you return from your trip. If not, there will be other dogs available when you ARE ready.
Post # 9
I’ve already decided to hold off. I pretty much knew I was going to when I posted this, it would be different if I hadnt been holding off for so long and it wasnt a baby. I’m in love with the puppy, but im sure there will be another one I love once I get back.