Vacations are great. Leaving your best friend is not. As pet owners, one of the first things we have to deal with when we’re going away is what to do with Fluffy. “Can my dad watch her? What about that person from the dog park? No wait, she was nice at first but she didn’t show up last time! Maybe I just shouldn’t go.”
Don’t cancel your trip! We have tons of experience with this. Here are the top 5 ways we’ve found to handle going away with a ton less stress!
Professional Pet Sitting
Hire a trained pet care professional to come stay! Granted this is one of the pricier options (and we also admit we’re a little biased), but then again, that’s because it’s the best option: 1. Your pup gets to stay at home in an environment where they’re already comfortable 2. You don’t have to schlep them anywhere and pick them up after. 3. You can rely and depend on a professional sitter (no wondering whether they’ll show up) and 4. Your pet’s routine doesn’t get too shaken up — in fact we design our pet sitting to be just as if you were there during a regular week. Our goal is basically to be you friendly, reliable, and experienced second pet parent 🙂 Check out our pet sitting page for more details!
Family, friends, and neighbors
This is a good go-to option for most folks who are lucky enough to have generous support systems. They’re cheap (or free) and usually have an emotional investment, just like you, in your pet. The drawback here of course is you’ll have to make sure that they are responsible and reliable enough to trust your baby with, and knowledgeable about the basics of pet care.
Sometimes you’ll be surprised at how accommodating the world has become to our best friends. New amenities like rest stop dog houses and pet-friendly search tools make traveling with dogs just a bit easier.
These professional options have come a long way since the days of scary kennel cages. They’re often are very capable and knowledgable about how to take care of your pet. We highly recommend doing your due diligence on Yelp or other review sites before picking a spot, of course. However, bear in mind that he/she may be kept in a cage for longer than you would at home.
This is a great way to do double duty! If you’re looking for your dog to get his/her training refreshed or even more advanced, finding a good training camp may be a good option! You would be receiving both boarding and a well behaved dog waiting for you upon your return – a bonus! 🙂
That’s it! Hopefully this was helpful. Have your own tips or tricks to cure the dog sitting blues? Let us know! [email protected]