We are going on a vacation soon where it is impossible to bring the boy :(
In the past we have boarded him at his daycare facility and it went well. Lately he's been taking a break from daycare and only going infrequently. We notice he has been getting less sick since we've done this - coincidence or not, not sure. We will be gone for 10 days. My options are:
board him with daycare Pros-they know him (since he was a baby)and will be able to tell if he's not his usual self.
He loves the workers there and he will go home with one of them in the evenings. Cons-more expensive. Potential of getting sick from being around so many dogs. Not much yard at daycare, infrequent walks.
Board him with an in home dog vacay person Pros in a house, yard and walks twice a day. Less dogs around, less likely to get sick. Cons: He doesnt know this person. I dont know this person. I was going to arrange a meet and greet, then a one night over night trial before the stay.. .but I dont know these people. They could say one thing and do another :s But from what they say, their schedule is very similar to ours, so Ralph would have the same routine...
Which do you think is the better option?
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We got to do that too next summer for 20 days. I would think boarding him with daycare is better,he gets some play time and they have the experience needed if something happens.I know what you mean by him getting sick,personally IMO I thing this is due to stress and less likely he picked up a virus or KC.
BTW if you don't mind how much does it cost at the daycare?
We found one here in Montreal thats top rated and it's a vet hospital on site too... but the cost is $45.00 per day.
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Do you have any pet sitters that will come to your house and take care of him? I have a company that comes to our house and I pay per visit and they feed them, play, let them out, bring in mail, etc. that way the dogs routine remains the same.
I know what you mean! Maddy always seemed to get sick when they were at doggy daycare too. Does the in-home boarder have any references you could call? Because to me, that sounds like the more fun option for Ralph. However, he's used to the daycare so he probably loves it there, regardless of your apprehensions. But before I got my poodles, I used to board my dog every summer at the vet hospital for a week while we were on holidays; it was bare bones boarding, no off-leash romping in meadows, couches or t.v. set to the Animal Planet channel for sure! (I say that because some of the daycares around here do advertise that they provide those things for dogs while being boarded at their facility) But I would get their innoculations and grooming done while they were there and they always seemed fine when I picked them up after a week. Very happy to be home of course, but not traumatized in the least! So whatever your gut tells you to do, it will be fine I'm sure.
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I would go with your gut feeling! Interesting---the daycare option had a longer "Pro" list and was your first option.... Sometimes paying a bit more for a "known" can save you [stress & vet bills] in the long run. You mentioned that you and Ralph did not know the vacay person? Eeks! HerdingStdPoodle
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BTW if you don't mind how much does it cost at the daycare? .
We pay 25$ night for days he's not at daycare (i.e., weekend when he's at the home of one of the employees) and $37 for daycare/home days (i.e., weekdays he goes to daycare during the day with the employee then they take them back to their home at night). It's about 20$ for most "Dog Vacay " private home boardings.
Thank you everyone for your input. We have decided to have Ralph stay with the Daycare. He has known them since he was a baby, and loves them to death. I trust them, and will worry less knowing he is with them. If he gets sick I will just have to suck up the Vet care costs and nurse him back to health as usual! LOL.
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