Vacations are a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but if you have a furry, four-legged friend a vacation could bring up a few problems. Dogs cannot always travel with their owners, and when this happens you have to start looking for someone to take care of your dog while you are away. There are two main paths to take when looking for someone to care for your pup: Dog boardingor a pet sitter. Both options have benefits and risks. By taking into account the personality of your dog, and the pros and cons of each, you can choose the best option for your canine friend.
Pet Boarding Facility
Dog boarding is normally done through a kennel or pet care facility. Many kennels offer a number of great options for your dog. They typically have a number of different employees that can devote time to playing with and caring for your dog. Kennels will also offer an allotted time for your dog to have outside play time. This means your dog will be able to work off excess energy.
Placing your dog in a kennel also has a few draw backs. Simply being in the kennel could introduce the dog to any illness other dogs in the facility may carry. Another drawback to dog boarding is less one-on-one time with people. Employees will be working with a number of dogs at the same time.
A pet sitter is hired to stop by your home once or several times a day while you are away. This means that your dog will be in a comfortable environment that they are used to. Your furry pet will also have some one-on-one time with a person. To locate a pet sitter near you, visit Pet Sitters International, or contact us for a list of our personal favorites.
There are several drawbacks to leaving your pet alone in your home for so long. Often times a dog will suffer from boredom and may do damage to furniture or other items in the house. Rover may also have a problem of not being able to go outside when needed, and this can result in bowl and urinary accidents inside. Also, if your dog hurts herself or has any type of medical problem there may not be someone on site to help your dog.
The decision to place your dog in dog boarding facility or hire a pet sitter is one that you should consider carefully. If your dog is uncomfortable around or aggressive towards strangers, it may be best to find someone your pet knows to watch them. If the dog is very well socialized with other dogs then a pet care facility may seem like a play date.
Above all else your dog’s safety and welfare is what is most important. So make sure to interview and check the references of any pet sitter, and take a tour of any pet care facilities before placing your pet in their care.