our shihtzy puppy will be 8 months in November when we leave for 9 days. I am completely out of my mind and stressed about us leaving. I know she will be in good hands and I am more worried than she will be but still I can not handle it. I fear she will be traumatized for some reason. She is such a good happy pup loves people loves dogs big and small and is such a chill pup. I can leave her at home with someone living in our home for 9 days or send her to daycare for 9 days. What would you suggest is best? Obviously for daycare I will do my research, go on referrals and pick the best place. I still don't know what is best home sitter vs. daycare. I like the home sitter but I am not the dog and I guess if I were the dog I'd be bored all day wondering where my parents are even if I got comfortable with the pet sitter. If I were in daycare, perhaps I'd be distracted and enjoy it. I just don't know and could use some advice. I am out of my mind worried and sad about leaving her for the 1st time If we chose daycare, I think I would do an overnight 1x each month until Novem to get her used to it so she knows we will come back for her. Looking for your experiences (how was your dog when you go back? was she stressed/upset?) and ideas or for someone to calm me down thanks!