We will have had our pup about 2 months when we head to GA for the Christmas vacation to spend time with my enlisted son and his family for about a week. He will be over 4 months by that time. He is coming along great; has the potty thing down pretty well with practically no accidents, is on a somewhat schedule, has a good knowledge of NO and what is ok as a toy and not, and we are very happy with his foundation and progress. Of course, it is most likely because I am with them a good amount during the day, which was intentional.
We will be gone 9 days, and my stepdaughter, grandson and her fiance will be staying here with all our animals. When it was just the older dog and cat, it was a no brainer. Now, with the pup, it takes things to a new level.
I am going to write out as many notes as I can, and they are spending time here every other week or so, watching our interactions, etc. Truth be told, tho, there are stark differences in our "styles" etc. She has always known her dad and to have pets, so she's been around us and our animals a great deal. And while she loves animals, she is no really an animal person. She's in her 20's, had a tumultuous past which has been reconciled, but she inows her limitations when it comes to responsibility and the need to be patient, etc. However, they are excited to be staying here and taking care of our place while we are gone.
I expect some setbacks. I am sure that in the am, when he cries to get out of his crate, they are going to be more lenient than us and probably not as militant in waiting him out til he settles. The "routines" I have in place as far as feeding, monitoring the two dogs playing, daily walks, etc., are obviously going to be different while I'm away.
Any suggestions for us? I'm going to set up as much as a schedule close to what I have going. There is flexibility in my current schedule, but things like when I feed him, I make him sit, put him in pen to eat, make him sit to come out, etc...and those little details that will be different I'm hoping won't cause major set backs.
I would love to hear other's thoughts on this. We had a lot of loss this year, and I'm excited about our trip. But then when I think about being away at such a crucial time, it taints things a bit. My son is in the army, a day's air travel away, and I never get to see my newly toddling grandbaby. I am SO excited to see them, spend quality, holiday time together (he got leave YAY!!) but am feeling a bit guilty.