postheadericon How to Choose the Right Care for Your Dog While on Vacation

Going on vacation is an exciting time. You have saved up and planned for the perfect week away from work and life in general, but you have a dog that you cannot or don’t want to take with you. It is not uncommon to not want to kennel your dog. Kennels can be stressful, unsanitary and very hard on your dog’s emotional and physical well being. Not to mention the fact that they are the complete opposite of being home with cement floors and wire cages. You get to go on vacation and your dog gets to go to jail? That doesn’t seem fair or right.

You should always do what is best for your particular dog and their specific needs. Some dogs would do fine in a doggie day care that allows for a similar environment to the standard kennel, but with the addition of daily play time with other dogs. This lets them get out of the cage and interact with other living beings. Don’t ever forget that your dog is a social animal and craves interaction.

However, some dogs may not do well with other dogs. They may either be aggressive, or on the other hand, very submissive and prone to being attacked. It is in the best interest of your dog to keep them in their own home environment if possible and utilize in home pet care. This would allow them to remain comfortable and stress free. You have the option of having someone live at your home, or stop by multiple times a day.

How to Choose the Right Care for Your Dog While on Vacation

1 Assess your dog’s personality. Do you know that he/she doesn’t do well with other dogs? Is he/she prone to anxiety and stress? Do they suffer from separation anxiety? Do they have special needs, ailments, or health concerns? These are all cues as to why you should use in home pet care and avoid the hustle and bustle of a kennel or boarding center which can cause illness or undue stress on your pet.

How to Choose the Right Care for Your Dog While on Vacation

2 Research local dog walkers and sitters. This step is one of the most important step in the process. Every local area can have a range of options from individuals to franchises or even small professional pet care businesses. Each option will vary and everyone will offer different services at different prices and at different levels of expertise.

How to Choose the Right Care for Your Dog While on Vacation

3 Hire a professional. Don’t let the cost of service deter you from picking reliable and dependable service. Some individuals may charge less, but keep in mind that they most likely offer less services and may or may not be insured and bonded. You will want to make sure you are getting the best, most trustworthy and reliable service available. A professional pet sitter and dog walker has the experience to not only care for your pet, but they typically offer home security checks and services. Some professional pet care businesses even use GPS and QR code technology to track and record each visit to your home offering a worry free guarantee of their services. Keep in mind this person is not only caring for your pet, they are coming into your home on a daily basis, multiple times, while you are away. So make sure you hire a professional and feel comfortable with them.

How to Choose the Right Care for Your Dog While on Vacation

4 Request additional information. Requesting a background check is also acceptable for individuals and will help you to feel more at ease when away. In addition, make sure that the person is reputable. References should be requested if available and always make sure you meet with the individual in person before leaving on your vacation. During the meet and greet, be sure to go over all important information about your pet and home care needs while you are away.

How to Choose the Right Care for Your Dog While on Vacation

5 Understand your cost and service options. Dogs need to be let out at least 3 times a day for 30 minutes at a time. When they are home alone, it would be best to have between 3 and 4 visits a day. Any less and you would be seriously putting your dog in an unsafe and unhealthy situation. Make sure the individual or business you hire is able to spend that kind of time with your pet and that their services cover a wide spread amount of time during the day. For example, some professional services may offer a Dog Vacation Package that covers 3-4 visits. Optimally, 4 visits would be used and your dog would be visited at 7am, noon, 5pm, and 9pm daily, each at 30 minutes a piece.

How to Choose the Right Care for Your Dog While on Vacation

6 If your dog was in a kennel, they would remain in the same kennel 24/7 with no chance of getting any exercise or interaction time.

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