(Closed) What do you do with your dog when you go out of town?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: What do you do with your dog when you go out of town?
    Take them to a friend/relative's house to stay : (57 votes)
    50 %
    Have a friend/relative stay at your house : (13 votes)
    11 %
    Hire a dog sitter / walker : (8 votes)
    7 %
    Send them to a kennel or dog boarding facility : (27 votes)
    24 %
    What?! Leave my fur-baby? Never! : (5 votes)
    4 %
    Other... : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I take him to my MILs. If she can not watch him, then I would leave him at work which boards pets.

    So, I would rather leave him with people he knows.

    I understand that he is not comfortable with someone staying in the house, I would not be comfortable with it either.

    Post # 4
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It depends. 

    If we dont take her (she flies as a carry-on with us) we will either give her to a friend or pay her dog sitter to take her at her house (we drop her off every day at a friends house for “daycare”

    Post # 5
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    For us, if we can’t have a family member watch her, or take her with us, we won’t go.  I know that sounds extreme, but she’s old (almost 16).  I’m sure if there were a family emergency, we’d figure something out (friend or dog boarding probably).

    Post # 6
    1868 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I don’t have a pet but can understand why your husband wouldn’t want to have a stranger sleeping in your house. I know I wouldn’t. 

    Post # 7
    198 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I do a number of the options you listed above, but for the situation you are talking about I would have someone come and stay at my house. It’s always worked out really well and my dog never seems to mind. She is always happy to see us but gets to be in her own home, with her regular schedule. In your situation could you begin taking her to a doggie daycare that also does boarding so that she is boarded at a place, people, and other dogs she is familiar with?

    Post # 8
    8040 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @oracle:  I have a cat, not a dog… but I use a sitter and it works fine. The sitter could stay at our house, but what’s the point? She comes as often as we ask – I have her come once a day. I am sure she does something similar for dogs. If the dog needs to be walked twice a day, I am sure that’s doable, just more expensive. No need for someone to live in your house for the vacation, though, IMO.

    Post # 9
    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Our dog sitter takes our pup to her house.  He loves it.  It is reasonably priced and I couldn’t be more confident with her.  We also use friends but I feel guilty once I’ve asked more than a few times.

    We found her at our vet- she was the tech and I loved her.  My husband told me to ask if she watched dogs and we just lucked out.


    Post # 10
    401 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013


    Agree. A friend of mine stops by in the morning and the evening to check in, fill up the food bowl and take her for a short walk. No need to have someone stay at your house!

    Post # 11
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I didn’t vote because it varies. When I just had a dog I would drop him at a friend’s house to babysit and that was always fine. Then when I moved in with my husband and he had two cats, we would either get someone to stay here or drop the dog with someone and have my brother check in on the cats every 2 days (they had auto food and water). But then our cat got sick and so now we HAVE to have someone stay at our house because between the dog who needs fed twice a day and let out three times a day, and the cats who need fed once/day and meds twice a day… if we were paying someone to come here they would have to be here at 8am, 4pm, 8pm, and 12pm. Not going to happen obviously, just easier to pay someone to stay with them, plus then they all get cuddles.

    Post # 12
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I have a friend in the area that watches my dog. (I bring him to her house) Once she was out of town, so I hired a dog sitter. She came three times a day for an hour each time, but didn’t stay overnight. That was only for a long weekend though. I don’t like the idea of my dog being alone so much, but I was in a pinch that time. I have a small dog, so when I visit my family or my SO’s family, we just bring him along because he fits in a carry-on to fly with us.

    Post # 13
    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Not a dog, but I just drove my cat 6 hours to stay with my grandma when we went away for the weekend. Normally my parents or sister who live here will babysit him, but that time they couldn’t. I would never leave him at a kennel or with someone I didn’t trust completely. He is my baby! 

    Post # 14
    1291 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I have this problem because I am obsessed with my dog. He is my baby! He is also prone to (not major) health issues and is older…so I’m really nervous about leaving him with “just anyone”

    When we leave him for 1 or 2 nights we just leave him in our house with the AC, plenty of food, water and hidden treats (my favorite thing to do – I hide them in weird places and see if he can find them) He may use the bathroom in the house during that time but we just deal with it. He never uses the bathroom in the house when we’re here so we know he understands that it’s wrong. Anyway;

    We also leave him a 1-3 months a year (we work seasonally and go back to my family for a our off time..) We usually leave him with my fiance’s mom but last time he damn near broke his back leg THE VERY SAME DAY WE LEFT for 2 months and ever since then, I’ve been a nervous wreck about leaving him with her. NOT because she caused the leg injury but because of how she handled it. The problem is she wasn’t very forthcoming with information and then would leave really obscure frightening messages “I think he is getting better but sometimes it looks like he is paralyzed..” Then won’t answer her phone.

    Sooo if you DO decide to leave your furbaby with your family or friends, please make sure there is clear communication about what you expect (which may sound ridiculous but it’s true…)

    Post # 15
    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    As my name implies, I have 5 dogs and kenneling them would just be outrageously expensive.  Fortunately I volunteer at a local shelter and have had some awesome sitters that come to my house while I’m gone.  If I didn’t have them, I wouldn’t travel.  Let your husband meet the sitters and make up this mind after that.  

    Post # 16
    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @S2013:  did I read thatright, you leave your dog alone for two nights and expect him not to pee in the house?  Please tell me you have a doggy door, holding urine for that long is really bad.

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