How to Make Arrangements for Your Dog When You Need to Travel
- 16 December 2016
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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.
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.