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Me and my wife (married less than a year) were thinking of adopting a dog that we've been fostering. My biggest hesitation is that anywhere we go - we need to figure out what to do with the dog. Her response is - sometimes you just need to do it, and it will figure itself out. Don't really like that response - people with dogs - what do you guys do when you go on vacation? Is it hassle for planning?

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Yep, it’s a hassle. We have two dogs, one of whom is elderly and very needy and sensitive (seriously). We’ve been wanting to travel to Europe and have put it off indefinitely for however long we have him because we know he’ll be miserable without us. We just took a trip to a lake cabin and brought the dogs, and had to rent a big SUV because of all their stuff (food, bowls, beds, toys, crate for the destructive younger one with separation anxiety). This doesn’t just work itself out, you will need to plan ahead. HOWEVER, having said all that, it is absolutely worth it and I’d trade a hundred European trips for my babies.

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“….for my babies” 🥺

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You can try boarding but it can be expensive. Or if you have family members that live close by that might want to help. It’s definitely not easy but to me the pros outweigh the cons.

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We have a dog (with us for 5 years now) and I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. There are plenty of dog sitting services. I will often interview/ meet with the person ahead of time and make sure they get along with our pup. It adds an extra few hundred to every trip (depending on length), which isn’t an issue for us, but that would be the only downside. We travel often and have been away as long as 10+ days in Europe. For longer trips like that I make sure she stays with someone she’s stayed with before at least once.

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Not that big of a deal. There are lots of dog sitting services now. We’ve used Rover, local dog sitters, neighbors, family members. These things do figure themselves out, like your wife says🙂

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The dog is a big commitment but we have a dog sitter that I swear our dog loves more than us so when she shows up to look after him, he’s very happy and we are very relaxed leaving him. But dogs are very expensive so between the dog walking and dog sitting, I would highly recommend pet insurance, but you will get a lot of joy out of the dog. I’ve always said there’s never a great time to get a dog, have a baby, or buy a house,. They’re always stressful, the timing is never perfect, but you will enjoy all of them

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I use rover. Found a gem of a sitter for $45 a day

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As long as your dog doesn't have any attachment issues or other problems that would cause him to be unable to be boarded, it's really not a big deal. We have friends dogsit when we need, and on pickup we bring dinner and drinks over as thanks. Or, if no friend can watch our dog or we use Rover which we've had great success with. Add to that, there are like a ton of boarding places. However often we are vacationing in dog appropriate places (mountains, woods, etc.) so we will bring our dog.

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It is a big change to your life, like having a kid. That’s not a bad thing but you need to understand. How long can you leave them at home? Are they crate trained? If you drive can you take them with you? I’m getting a Tesla because of dog mode as much as anything else. Then as others have said get a sitter. But its expensive. It’s common for me to spend more on dog sitting than the flights themselves.

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1. Trusted family and friends who mght enjoy a short period with a dog. 2. Home boarding facilities - where the dog stays in someone’s house 3. Trusted house sitters - house sitting service where a person lives in your place, looks after plants and pets etc. 4. Kennels (not my preference) I have a small dog breed with good temperament, low grooming maintenance and travels well. Really also think about the breed and attachment style/level

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Not a big deal at all. We use Rover or Wag for walks (occasionally the neighborhood kid) and board with our vet for vacations.

Make friends with your neighbors. My neighbors are great, most have dogs and we swap puppy sitting duties. And those who don’t have dogs are thinking about it so are happy to watch mine as a trial run.

I have a couple BFFs that will watch my dogs. You might to and not even know it!

I have a dog and having family around that’ll watch over him when Im traveling. With that said, I moved out of state and finding a sitter that I trust and feel comfortable with hasnt been an easy task. TBH, Ive been taking my dog with me on certain trips since he’s pretty chill and when I cant, I usually postpone my trip until i can figure out the situation. What your wife said about figuring it out when the time comes - it’s true. I love my dog and its worth the hassle…. But it is a hassle lol

Foster a dog for a few weeks before making the full commitment. Plenty of rescues search for people to take in dogs for short stints of time, so you’ll be doing dogs a favor and getting a taste of the actual time needed to take care of an animal for a few weeks.

Got used to it pretty quick. We just budget it as an added cost of traveling. We've used friends, pet sitters, family, Rover. As we've moved around things have changed from time to time, but right now we found someone through Rover who is great, loves our dogs, our dogs love her and her husband... So in all honesty the only issue at this point it's the extra cost, which is not huge. Our new sitter will pick them up for an extra fee, which even removes that from the equation. I don't know, there's a lot of resources out there.

Honestly I think the dog sitter thing is the biggest hassle to owning a dog. I’ve mostly owned two dogs at a time and often the dog sitter was more than the weekend getaway vacation. I also missed being able to spontaneously spend the night out somewhere, especially if I was drinking. Plus things can always go wrong with the dog sitter…I don’t want to discourage you from getting the dog but it is absolutely NOT something that just “works itself out”. I’d say you likely just won’t get to go on all the vacations you want, and plan on spending a lot on a dog sitter when you do go away. I always wanted someone to come stay in my home. It’s $50-$100/day. For a few years I was lucky to live near family who could watch my dogs, and that’s the absolute best. Please don’t board your dogs- I don’t believe your dog should be punished and stuck in a cage at a strange place just because you are on vacation.

Just add the boarding cost to the cost of vacations and see if it’s too much for you. Where I live, it’s only around $25/day. We probably go on 30 days worth of vacation a year, so $750/yr for boarding. Nbd.

Then use $100. If that’s too expensive based on how many days you’ll be away, you should probably wait.

We board our dog with someone who runs a residential doggy daycare/boarding (our dog goes there for daycare too). It’s expensive but we trust the person and our dog loves it. We call it going to fat camp because there’s acreage for her to run around and she comes back all slim and fit. We’ve also done board and train situations to come back to a more obedient dog.

The size of the dog is a big factor. I have a bigger dog so have to do a lot of planning where someone with a small dog could just put him in a bag and go. Big dogs must be checked and go under the plane for flights which is both a hassle and traumatic. Anywho - despite the hassle my dogs the best part of my days.

My beloved 14-year-old dog is currently incontinent and pissing all over my brand new hardwoods, brand new couch and all my rugs…. Remember, dogs get old too.

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