Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi there Schnoodle, nice to hear from you again! OK firstly thinking in advance like this is a GOOD thing - well done! There are several things you can do:-
1. There really are some excellant kennels and if you send me an e-mail seperately i will give you the names of some in your area.2. Inspect the kennel you decide on carefully, find out how much interaction, exercise etc the dogs receive and if they will be staying together. Ask for some names and refs - after all you may be leaving your little one's there and prevention is better than cure! If you are happy with them, spend a bit of extra money and have the dogs stay there for about 2 nights a few times before you leave. You will then see if they can cope.
3. There are house sitters that will stay with your dogs in your home while you are away. Again do some careful investigation. If possible see if you can get a family member or a friend to help here.
4. There are also people that come in twice a day to feed the dogs and spend about 20 mins with them. Again careful investigation.
5. If you go this route, make sure that the person has pics of the dogs, they have micro chips and the vet knows you will be away.
6. If they are good with other dogs, is there not a family member who can look after them at their house while you are away? If this is the case, then have 'play dates' with you in attendance and make sure all is ok.
7. Build up the dogs confidence so that they feel they can exist without you. Have them outside alone while you are home and supply them with some nice chew bones to occupy them. Build up the time slowly until the dogs are happy outside away from you for a period of time./
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