Should you use kennels or a pet sitting service? Here are some thoughts.
We all look forward to that time of year when it’s time for our summer holidays and getaways. However, the closer you get to your holiday, the more you may begin to worry about what you will do with your dog. There are plenty of options out there for you, but you may find it challenging to find the best option for you and your dog.
Should I use a kennel or hire a pet sitter for my pup when I travel?
We have all heard of kennels where you can take your pet to where they will be looked after, but now there is also an alternative known as pet sitting. You may need some more insight to find out the best option for you and your pet.
If you decide to board your dog in a kennel, you know that someone will always be there to look after your dog during business hours. There are also 24hour supervised kennels you can take your pet to. This can be reassuring to know as you can phone and check that your pet is ok at any point of the day.
If you go to well-known reputable kennels, then they will most likely have double gates. This will ensure that your dog will not leave the enclosure, even if it does slip past a worker out of its kennel. The likeliness of your dog escaping out of the enclosure is very slim.
Most boarding kennels can offer services to you and your pet so that you’re pet has a lot of interaction. You can pay for additional pet walking and playtime. According to dog blog PalmlyPaws, a trending option is that you can even purchase pamper-time for your pet at some boarding kennels!
You can decide to go to a pet sitting service where you can leave your dog with someone in their own home. Your dog will be with a person who is an existing pet owner, so you will know how to look after your dog well.
Your dog will be in a home surrounded by familiar sights, sounds, and smells, which will allow your dog to be relaxed and not anxious while you are away.
There is no risk when you leave your dog with a pet sitter; your dog will not be exposed to any illnesses or parasites of other dogs in kennels.
Both kennels and pet sitting provide an excellent reputable service, as long as you pick a well-known and trusted name. You need to decide what is best for your dog as wherever you put your dog, he or she will be well looked after!
5 Interview Questions for a Potential Pet Sitter
- What kind of pets have you cared for before? It’s also good to know what breeds specifically.
- How long have you been pet sitting? You will want to weed out inexperienced sitters.
- Do you do this full time or part-time? Someone who also has other jobs may not be attentive enough for your pup.
- Do you have permits or any business license? It’s a plus if they have proper bonds, insurance, and a permit.
- What pet training do you have? At least some basic training is beneficial.
- Do you have references? It’s good to check at least a few references to give yourself peace of mind.
- Do you have an agreement you provide? If they have been doing this work for any length of time, they will likely have at least a boilerplate contract that lists their responsibilities.
About the author
Leigh Fallon is a pet blogger who has been researching and writing helpful content for pet owners who want to provide their dogs with the best possible care.