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How to Make Arrangements for Your Dog When You Need to Travel

How to Make Arrangements for Your Dog When You Need to Travel
  • 16 December 2016
  • Pet Wants

Taking a trip with your dog can be a very fun experience. However, it may not always make sense for you to bring your dog with you. Whether it’s a work trip or one that simply wouldn’t provide the right type of accommodations for your dog, you may need to leave your best friend behind.
For most dog owners, the ideal is being able to leave their pet with a significant other, trusted family member or reliable friend. But just as it doesn’t always make sense to bring your dog along on a trip, there may be occasions when you can’t leave your dog with one of those people.


When your only choice is to leave your dog with a professional, you have two main options. Those options are to leave your dog at a boarding facility or to hire a pet sitter. Since there are pros and cons to both options, we want to take a closer look at them, as well as provide several helpful tips for picking the best option for your dog:

Dog Boarding vs. Dog Sitters

The main appeal of dog boarding is your pet will be in a facility where they can get professional attention and care, along with opportunities to socialize. The price to board a dog is also generally quite attractive. In terms of downsides, the most significant is a dog may feel stressed due to being in a new environment with a different routine.

Not needing to go to a new environment or temporarily adopt a different routine is the biggest appeal of hiring a dog sitter. On the other hand, the sitter you hire will be inside your home with no one else there. Your dog will also spend quite a bit of the time you’re away alone.

Picking the Best Option

So, should you board your dog or hire a sitter? The answer really comes down to your dog’s specific personality. If you know that a new environment will really stress your pet out, a sitter is likely best. On the other hand, if your dog needs lot of stimulation, boarding may be ideal while you’re away.

With either option, your best starting point is to ask for recommendations. In addition to friends or family, don’t hesitate to ask your vet or groomer for their recommendations. Once you have a couple of names, be sure to research them online. When you do this, keep an eye out for certifications that prove the company or individual is a true professional. Finally, it’s worth doing a boarding visit or sitter meeting to ensure your dog is comfortable. Taking this extra step will provide you with as much peace of mind as possible while you’re away. Last but not least, make sure to send their Pet Wants pet food with them to keep them on track and full of nutrients until you return.