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Hi

I just thought I'd start a post about what people do when they go on holiday without their V.

We plan to do most of our holidays with Baxter, we go camping in the summer. But we will be going to Spain in August next year to see my Mum and won't be able to take him. We have friends and family that have offered to have him depending on how the training goes and if he is well behaved.

I also have a friend that suggests we try a kennel but I'm not keen because I know V's don't do well with kennels but her dog loves going there.

What do you guys do?
 

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We don't go abroad as my husband can't cope with the heat, to long a story to go into. As we only go on holidays in the UK it is not a problem for us to take Bella with us.
I could understand why Vizsla's don't like the kennels, they love their own family to much :)

I am sure some of the other people on here have been in tis situation before and will be able to answer that for you.

Sorry I couldn't help :)
 

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Mine go to their trainer. They already know and like him. They get a little brush up on training, and get exercise in the fields.
June is in heat and spent last weekend with him. To many male dogs on last weekends hunt for her to go.
 

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Dozer stayed with a friend...or my mom came down once... But now that we have two and the friend now has three that totals 5 so I'm afraid to ask. I'm just hoping my boyf doesn't ask me to travel anywhere. I did it for 27 years and over it. But he never started until going with me so he's all about it. I think we need an RV...
 

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we nearly always go away in our caravan and Ruby comes with us. On the one occasion since we've had her and taken the kids to Center Parcs, Ruby went to stop with our friend that has 3 wire haired V's and a GWP ;)
 

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My Bella goes in kennels, I wouldn't say she loves it but she doesn't need dragged back in when she goes back, and she greets the owner like she is her long lost friend.
I rang the kennels when she was a pup and asked the best age to introduce her to the kennels and how etc. She said about 8 months old, so we took her up for just one night as a litle trial run. She was ok, so the next month we were at a wedding so we took her again. Then she stayed a weekend and then for 2 weeks while we were abroad.
Obviously I would prefer her not to be there, but I promised my husband when we got a dog we would not stop going away. We only have one main holiday a year, and a couple of weekends, so she isn't in there too much or too long.
Now we have the pup so we will do the same again, I will ring them up and ask their advice etc and hopefully they will kennel the 2 dogs together so they will be company for each other.
My parents have had Bella a few times for a couple of odd days and nights, but my mum isn't in the best of health so I don't like to rely on them. The way I see it I wouldn't want to think my parents couldn't watch Bella and she was say 6 years old and never been in a kennel and suddenly she may have to go.
I keep up Bella with a visit to the kennels approx twice a year, so she knows them and knows we always come back for her. Even though I know she would prefer to be with us, she does go in there with her tail wagging so it can't be that bad right?
I would research kennels in your area, and ask all local dog owners you meet where they kennel their dogs. There are lots of good kennels about, also there are dog sitters about too who will watch your dog in their home so you may want to find out about that.
 

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WillowyndRanch said:
Holiday? What's "on holiday?" ???
Ken, it's the British English phrase for on vacation. Funny how we still need to translate within the same language sometimes. :D

I was also thinking about the topic in this thread today, but regarding raw diets. Do those that feed raw diets switch to kibble when boarding dogs or do you make special arrangements? Just curious.
 

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I feed a raw diet and I box enough raw food up in a cold store for how ever long we are going to be away and take it with them, and then my friend puts it in her deep freeze - no problem at all.

Previously our Dane has gone to a friend of mine who lives about an hour away. She has dogs at her home to earn money. They live in the house with her, usually in a huge flag stoned conservatory. During the day they walked on the fam adjoining her property and then wonder (if they do not wonder off the property) around her fields and stables when she is out and about with her horses. Fergus always comes back shattered, as he leads a much quieter life at home but at least I know he is with someone and not locked in a kennel.

Now he is 7yr old and we have the 10month old pup I was thinking I would rather them stay at home. So I am thinking of getting a house sitter for our next vacation. Some of my friends have daughters who have now finished University and can't get jobs so earn money by dog and horse sitting. So I am going to look into this. I wouldn't be keen on a stranger living in my house but both of the girls I am thinking of, I have known since they were babies.
 

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We get a friend or family member to stay at our house. Usually this person will exercise Miles in the morning, and then I will get another friend to exercise Miles at lunch and evening then return him back home. Miles seems to like this arrangement, it gives him the comforts of being home while we are away but we know he also likes seeing his friends. We also like the idea of a housesitter because we know our home is being looked after as well, and we don't have to worry about Miles getting into trouble in anyone else's house.
 

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WillowyndRanch said:
Holiday? What's "on holiday?" ???
You know its when people drop dogs off with you, and then talk about the cool things they did when they pick them up. ;D My trainer has been saying he is going on a vacation NEXT year for the last 3 years.
 

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We went on a short 3 day trip to Niagara Falls and left Milo with my father and brother and explained to them that he needs daily exercise OR ELSE. Well that obviously didn't happen because when we got home Milo had eaten a hole threw the couch. I merely said "oh well, you were warned".
 

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Where we go, Gracie goes. 8)

If she ever needed to stay overnight with someone else, at her breeder with her Mummy & Auntie would be our clear first choice.

We hosted one of her sisters for a weekend when they were younger and had an absolute ball...so staying with another V family can be another good option. We'd take any of the Massachusetts Vs for a vacation in a heartbeat (and would even be reasonably unlikely to reciprocate!).
 

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When we can't find family to take her, Clem goes to the kennel. She LOVES it because they also have a Doggie Daycare, so she gets to play from about 7am - 7pm. The longest we've left her there for was 5 days and she did great.
 

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We take the dogs on any and all trips we can. But, when we can't, we pay our amazing dog walker/sitter to stay at our house. He lives in our town and so comes and goes throughout the day feeding them and walking/playing with them etc. He feeds them dinner, goes and has dinner at his own home, and then he comes back at bed time to sleep at our house. It works out well for everyone. We like knowing that even though we're not there, the dogs are still comfortable in their own home so they can maintain consistency and routine.
 

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Our pups would stay with their "grandparents" (my parents) if we ever went on vacation without them. We've only been on 2 vacations since we got Riley and she's come on both of them. The 1st vacation was planned specifically as a sibling reunion for her and we stayed at a pet-friendly hotel. The 2nd we paid extra $$$ to get a shared cabin in Tahoe that allowed dogs. ::)

We haven't been on an official vacation since we picked up Cooper. I think our next trip will probably be to Colorado or the snow... with the pups, of course! ;D
 

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Without them...it wouldn't be a holiday...only work :(

I just avoid going to places where they are not allowed.

Currently have the van parked on a beach down the coast. Pups are sleeping after a big morning walk and swim at the beach. This afternoon a walk out through the marshland. Lots of bird life to keep their senses on high alert :) Then later today, heading up into the mountains to chase some more Deer. Now that's a Holiday :)
 
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