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Thread: Leaving a dog for a bit longer than normal

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    Leaving a dog for a bit longer than normal

    Has anyone had experience of leaving a dog for 3 or 4 months please?

    I am well aware that a dog is for life etc, but a situation has arisen that could not have been foreseen when we first got her, and I would like to understand what implications there could be to my relationship with the dog on my return.

    She will not be kennelled but in a good (immediate family) home with another dog that comes to stay with us / she goes to stay with them and all get on very well.

    At the moment I'm 70 / 30 against going away but want to understand if I could be causing irreparable damage to the relationship.

    Thanks in advance.
    Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can't eat it, hump it or learn from it then piss on it and walk away.

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    It doesn't sound too disruptive given the circumstances, we had my sister in laws dog for six months and it didn't do him any harm (apart from me trying to kill the little b@stard...... I don't do terriers.....!)
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    I go away for 2-3 months on a regular basis and my westies are all over me when i get back, if its a gundog you have get it out in the field as soon as you get back it will be a happy chappie

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    We had exactly the same circumstance with one of the lads dogs. They went off on their travels for a year. One of his mates took the dog on then found his girlfriend was expecting and they didn't want two dogs so we had the dog. Absolutely no problems and the dog was all over them when they got back.

    The only real loser was our dog he missed his buddy after he went back!

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    On my return, after I have spent some time away, my dog is more pleased to see me than the wife.
    Or it seems that way by the way the dog is all over me whereas the wife just looks up from reading, readjusts her glasses and says 'hello'

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    Thanks for all the replies which give me great comfort. I know she will be well looked after but was a bit concerned about leaving her (or maybe I'm more worried about myself missing her???).

    Thanks again.

    Iain
    Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can't eat it, hump it or learn from it then piss on it and walk away.

    "HOSPITALITY" - the art of making guests feel at home (when you wish they were).



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    If u sent a dog for residential training would often be away for 3-4 months, so nothing unusual really

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyefor View Post
    maybe I'm more worried about myself missing her???
    I think you've hit the nail on the head there, mate. Not being funny! I recently had a few days planned in Devon and the one thing that made me really anxious was leaving my dog!

    Apparently, she had a whale of a time with my friends and their dogs, the traitorous bitch!

    She'll be fine
    A Man should be wise, but never too wise. He who does not know his fate in advance is free of care

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    I used to regularly go away for months at a time and on return my dogs would go mental to see me. I traded in the wife and got a new family and found when I came back the dogs were not quite as keen to see me because they had been so well looked after and given loads of attention. I was surprised but it is only a good thing the dogs were so settled when I was away. I still drop in as pack leader imediately

    Dave

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    Hi some dog breeders let dogs out when they have too many to trian and say if you dont look back nore will they ,its some time harder for the owner.
    Hope it all goes well for you in all ways home and dog.

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