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AnswerDear Zena,
I'm currently living in Australia and planning to go to Canada for three weeks. My dog is a Staffy cross Lab/Boxer who is 20 weeks old. I am leaving him with a friend who owns two dogs.

My dog and I have a wonderful relationship, but I fear that when I get back that he will not remember me or may not want to leave the other dogs. Is this an unfounded fear?

Hope to hear from you soon.

Alicja (Canada)


Dear Alicja,

Dogs have an excellent memory that can certainly withstand the separation of three weeks. I am sure your little boy will remember you and greet you with as much enthusiasm as if you had left yesterday.

I have heard of dogs that appear to be angry with their parents when they are left for a period of time. When the parents pick up the dog he may give them the silent treatment for a while (half a day) and then everything returns to normal.

Staying with dog friends will be an excellent opportunity for your boy to socialize and learn new experiences. This will most likely lead to lifelong friendships for him.

So, come on over to Canada, enjoy your vacation, and try not to miss your baby too much. He will be delighted to see you and listen to all of your foreign tales when you return.

Sincerely Zena & Zippy


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