Should I board my dog or use a pet sitter?
This question comes up often and well, it depends.
Boarding My Dog
Boarding can be the best option for a dog that has separation anxiety and bad habits when left alone for a few hours at a time. Maybe your dog needs the social aspect of boarding – this is important too! Choosing the right boarding facility for you and your dog can take some time so start early. You should visit all of the facilities your might be interested in and talk with the kennel manager about routines, feeding, etc. Many boarding facilities now how suites with televisions, special play time, and many other great additions to keep your pup happy while you are away.
In Home Pet Sitting
This option could be best for the doggie that likes to be home (even when you are not) in his own environment, pee in his own backyard, eat out of his own bowls, and take long walks with his favorite dog sitter! When choosing a pet sitter, be sure to ask for credentials. Are they insured and bonded? Are they trained in basic pet care, first aid & CPR? Will they take the time to provide a consultation to meet you and your pets before you leave town to make sure there is a good dog-sitter match? Again you will need to spend time talking with and interviewing pet sitting companies to find the right one. A great place to start is on the Pet Sitters International website http://www.petsit.com. Here you will find sitters in your area and questions you should be asking during the interview process. A pet sitter can also be a great added asset to keeping an eye on your home while you are away. Not only will they take care of and play with Fido, but they will typically bring in your mail, newspapers, rotate the lights and blinds, water your plants, AND keep an eye on your pool!
In the end it’s your decision to make in your dog’s best interest. Do they go to camp for the weekend or stay home and party with the sitter? 🙂
Owner, Fetch! Pet Care of Clear Lake