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Leaving 5 month old for 5 nights

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I have a 5 month old puppy that I have to leave for a few days next week. Since I work from home he has been very spoiled and hasn't been by himself longer than a few hours. I didn't want a kennel because growing up my only other dog got kennel cough when he was left at one. Instead I have a reliable friend staying with him at night. The friend was a certified vet tech for 10 years until her vet retired and now she manages a petco and is a groomer for them as well so she knows dogs. I live in an apartment but for convenience for Jarvis and her will be staying at my parents house since its closer to her work. Jarvis has his own set up at the house with cage and food bowls but never spent the night.

Any advise to make the transition easier for him? I have a camera that I can check in on him with but he will unfortunately spend most of the day in his cage. She said she will be able to stop in at lunch time. There is water in his cage.

I can't get out of trip, a family reunion as my Grandma is turning 90. I plan on taking him in future but this might be too much for him while he is this young. Its also a 6 hr car trip.
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First your pup is adorable! I am sure he will adjust fine, I wouldn't leave water in the crate, he could tip it over and make a mess, or drink a lot and be more likely to pee in the crate. I personally wouldn't be afraid to take a 6 hour car trip, we did 4 hours with our 5 month old and she was fine, we just made a potty stop half way. Good luck!
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Jarvis will probably do much better than you expect, try not to worry about him. Sounds like he's in very good hands with your friend and parents.

He would do fine on a 6 hr. car trip, you may have to stop to give him a potty break.

He's a good looking boy.
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Thanks! My parents are joining me so the dog sitter alone will be there. The car ride is not the issue he loves cars (especially my sisters convertible). The reunion is an Irish event. 80+ people would be a low number. Thanksgiving would prob be a bit easier as people come and go all day but not in large numbers. Plus the hotel isn't pet friendly.
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