Hello everyone,
Our new puppy, Lexi, will come home on July 12th, when he is 8 weeks old. We' like to leave on vacation August 14th for a week at the beach.

Our options are:
1) Take Lexi with us. This would mean a minimum of 5 hours in the car eachway.
2) Kennel Lexi would he be done with his puppy shots by 12 weeks? Isthis even possible?
3) Kennel the puppy with friends. I have some friends moving into a newhome on a farm with a barn that includes 2 indoor/outdoor dog runs. If my dogs stayed there (a 14 year old Sheltie in addition to the puppy), there would be no other dogs, so no worries about kennel cough or other doggie diseases.
4) Send the hubby and kids off to the beach while I stay home with thepets.I really don't want to do option 2, even if it is possible. He'll only have been with us for a month, and it seems traumatizing at that age. 3 might be okay, if they will agree. Though they are friends not experts, and they've never actually owned dogs before as adults, so while they are responsible people, I do worry about the level of care they'd receive. Then there's the feeling of abandoning Lexi again.

My preference is 1, if it's feasible for Lexi. It is a dog-friendly cottage, and I'll have his crate with him, along with carpet cleaner of course. But I realize that it will mean a lot of travel, and probably more crating that we'd do at home, due to the risk of damage to the cottage. 4 is what I'm afraid I'm going to be left with. It's what I'll do though, if it's best for Lexi.
Opinions?
Bizby
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Hello everyone, Our new puppy, Lexi, will come home on July 12th, when he is 8 weeks old. We' like ... I'm afraid I'm going to be left with. It's what I'll do though, if it's best for Lexi. Opinions? Bizby

Puppies at the beach! Puppies at the beach!!!
Seriously, take him with you. Even if he gets crated when you are out of the house, he will be with you and there will be romping opportunities.

I am planning to take my "puppies" to the beach this summer and I think it will be a blast!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
Hello everyone, Our new puppy, Lexi, will come home on July 12th, when he is 8 weeks old. We' like ... options are: 1) Take Lexi with us. This would mean a minimum of 5 hours in the car each way.

Make a pit stop mid way and it should be fine! This would definitely be the options I would choose. Heck, I drove an 8 week old puppy home from his breeder's - 8 hours away. Broke the trip up, but it is what it is. She'll have a great time on vacation with you.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
My preference is 1, if it's feasible for Lexi. It is a dog-friendly cottage, and I'll have his crate with ... of travel, and probably more crating that we'd do at home, due to the risk of damage to the cottage.

Why more crating than if you were at home? At the puppy stage, crating is for those times you can't supervise him. Vacation is the perfect time for puppy house training.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Hello everyone, Our new puppy, Lexi, will come home on July 12th, when he is 8 weeks old. We' like ... options are: 1) Take Lexi with us. This would mean a minimum of 5 hours in the car each way.

I'd do this one. 5 hours isn't bad, especially if you stop a couple of times. Don't leave the dog(s) in the car though! (August is usually hot).

Is leaving pupy with your breeder an option? This is what my brother usually does with their puppy when they go on vacation.

Mary W.
Most definitely take the puppy! You can make pit stops along the way as needed and everyone can admire your beautiful new puppy whenever you stop and walk her. Have a great vacation! :-)
P.S. It's a dog-friendly cottage, so why crate her more than at home. On vacation you should have even more time than usual to play with her and let her out and make sure she's not tearing the place up, right?

Brandy
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1) Take Lexi with us. This would mean a minimum of 5 hours in the car each way.

I could not have fun on vacation without my dog. I choose (1) if that's not an option, I choose (4)
4) Send the hubby and kids off to the beach while I stay home with the pets.

My dogs are well traveled dogs that EXPECT to go with me wherever the car goes, in rain/snow and deep of night. Heat of summer etc.
My preference is 1, if it's feasible for Lexi. It ... home, due to the risk of damage to the cottage.

Why more crating than if you were at home? At the puppy stage, crating is for those times you can't supervise him. Vacation is the perfect time for puppy house training.

I don't know maybe it wouldn't be more. But since I am a stay-at-home mom, he won't be alone much here at the house. I just figure I need to be more wary of accidents and chewing in someone else's house.
Hello everyone, Our new puppy, Lexi, will come home on ... a minimum of 5 hours in the car each way.

I'd do this one. 5 hours isn't bad, especially if you stop a couple of times. Don't leave the dog(s) in the car though! (August is usually hot).

The in-laws are at the halfway point, so they're a great stopover place.
Is leaving pupy with your breeder an option? This is what my brother usually does with their puppy when they go on vacation.

lol no, the breeder is 4 hours in the wrong direction!
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