When you have to go out of town or are otherwise unavailable to care for your dog, you have two choices: Board your dog or hire a pet sitter. Which option is right for your dog? The truth is, there’s no one right answer, and choosing pet sitting or boarding will depend on your individual dog and what you are comfortable with.
Consider Your Dog
When it comes to boarding your dog or hiring a pet sitter, some dogs are better suited to one option over the other. It’s important to consider your dog’s character and behavior in choosing which option is right for him. If your dog is a high-energy dog who thrives on lots of attention and needs plenty of exercise, then hiring a pet sitter who is available throughout the day and evening may be a wise move. However, if your dog is relatively laid-back and independent, then he may handle a boarding situation just fine.
Thinking About Boarding
Boarding can provide a practical and safe option for many dogs. When boarding your dog, you can rest assured that your dog will be in a safe facility and there will be staff around for most of the day to keep your dog entertained and to check on his well being. However, it’s also important to realize that because boarding facilities house many dogs every day, dogs are at risk for disease and exposure even if they don’t directly interact with other dogs. If you plan to board your dog, make sure that he is up to date on all of his vaccines to give him the best shot at avoiding disease.
There are a number of different types of boarding for you to choose from, too. Cage and cage free boarding offer different options for your dog. With cage boarding, your dog has his own cage, though he may have the opportunity to interact with other dogs, depending on the facility. Cage-free boarding typically puts dogs together in small groups so that they can play and interact with each other. This may be a good option if your dog gets along well with other dogs and is highly social. Finally, don’t forget to consider vet boarding, which may be a great option if your dog has medical conditions like epilepsy or diabetes, or if he requires regular medication administration.
Thinking About Pet Sitting
Pet sitting can also be a good way to ensure that your dog is cared for while you are gone. Pet sitting allows your dog to be cared for in the comfort of his own home, which can reassure anxious dogs. When hiring a pet sitter, it’s important to make sure that you hire someone who is experienced and highly dependable. You should also discuss how frequently the pet sitter will be available, and whether he or she will spend the nights in your home.
Pet sitting also has risks. If your dog typically tries to rush out the door, there could be a risk of him escaping. If your dog is left unsupervised for longer periods of time, he could become anxious or destructive.
It’s up to you to decide which care option is right for you and your dog. If you have questions about boarding your dog, please give us a call – we’d be happy to answer them.