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Home Pet Sitting For Your Dog
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Home Pet Sitting For Your Dog

Its that time of year again and you've planned the perfect holiday and you've been looking forward to a break away all year. There 's only one problem who's going to take care of the dog? You want to make sure that your best buddy is going to be all right. Do you want to ask the neighbour or the relatives?

What are the options? There are boarding kennels which can be expensive and your dog may not like the idea of being somewhere unfamiliar and fret while your away. I remember when I was young and my parents put our dog into kennels when we went off on our annual holiday, when we got back he was a bag of bones apparently he had fretted and refused to eat for the entire 2 weeks. Some dogs may not do well in this situation and have separation anxiety.

Another option which seems to be quite popular and quite affordable is pet sitting or home sitting pets. There are many professional pet sitters to choose from and while they won't be as cheap as getting your neighbours teenager to look after and feed your dog they have more experience and can cope in an emergency.

This type of service can be tailored to the specific needs of you and your dog, they can do as much or as little as you want and will also include other services regarding your home like putting trash out, collecting mail etc. With this kind of service they are trained to administer medications as well as walking your dog, feeding your dog, depending on your dogs normal lifestyle they may spend some time playing with your dog or just relaxing and hanging out on the couch!

Good professional pet sitters will have their staff screened for drugs and have background check done and if you are using their service regularly you should be able to book the same person on a regular basis so your dog can bond with that person and build a good relationship.

The great thing about this service is your dog gets to do all the same stuff they normally do and they don't have to deal with suddenly being in a strange place where their whole routine is changed and you can relax while your away knowing that your dog is in safe hands.

Services can start at around $20 for one visit per day to $50 for 3 visits a day depending on your requirements and what lengths of time you want them to spend each visit. There are also options for them to stay overnight as well. You can also find out about pet sitters in your area through Pet Sitters International

Another option is having a house/pet sitter they can stay in your home while your away so they can be there 24/7 this would be good if your dog is used to having someone around most of the time, I think I would like this option for my boxer "Bonnie" she is used to having someone around all the time and when we have gone out for a whole day and left her at home she has gotten a bit upset, by the time 6pm has come around she starts to wonder where everybody is and will constantly be looking out the window waiting for our arrival.

Personally I really like the idea of not sending my dog to the kennel, it must be quite upsetting for them to be all of a sudden sent off to this strange place away from everything and everyone familiar. I would definitely consider the option of having a reliable and professional person take care of my best buddy in my home while I'm away at least that way you can relax knowing your dog is being taken care of in their own home where they are the most comfortable.


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Yes thats a good option if you've got family plus your pets are familiar with them too! Thanks for your comment

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  about 5 years ago
William6  

Hi Debbie, We always have a family member stay while we are gone or a close friend, Saves on the cost of a kennel. Some boarding houses require a familiarization/indoctrination program and in a couple of boarding house require your pet to be spayed or neutered. Anyway we supply everything the sitter needs. Food, telly, and even a few dollars to order takeout...the sitter can also order themselves a pizza. It stiil doesn't matter though. The dog and cat are always happy upon our return and stick very close to us for a few days.

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  about 6 years ago
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