(Closed) Need Advice – Leaving a Puppy for Vacation

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: What do you think I should do?

    Wait until after the vacation, you'll find another dog.

    Go for it, it's only two weeks.

    Other (explain..)

  • Post # 3
    5540 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
    562 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    198 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    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
    2353 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    583 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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
    2606 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    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.

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