Dogs are considered members of the family. However, they do not receive the same welcome as humans do when they are traveling. Often, they must be left behind while family members travel for fun or business. The following tips will help you find the best care for your dogs while you travel. Each dog has its own personality, base your decision off your individual dog.
Private pet sitters come to stay in your home while you are away. They care for your dog, making sure that he or she is fed and walked. One of the main benefits of this type of service is that your pet can stay in familiar surroundings. The downside is cost, this option is pricier than some others. Some people are also uncomfortable with a stranger staying in their home. If your dog is territorial, this would not be a good choice for you.
Boarding your dog at one of the reputable dog kennels for boarding is a good option for those who want to make sure their pet is in a safe, and secure environment. Dogs are given food, exercise, play time and more at these businesses. You can visit them ahead of time to check things out so that you’re about to feel good about your decision. Some kennels also have special add-ons that you can take advantage of, such as spa days and grooming packages. If you have more than one dog, you may be able to ensure that both are kept together so that they have a familiar playmate. Professional kennels who have been around for a long time and have a great reputation can help put your mind at ease, which is better for you and your pet.
A final option is asking friends to check in multiple times per day to feed the dog and let him out. This is the least expensive option, since friends will usually do it free of charge. However, you must be sure that the friend has the time to check in multiple times, and that the friend is reliable. Your dog will be depending on this person for its care. This is also a lot to ask and would best suited to a friend that is also a neighbor. Having a friend dog sit is a good option for dogs who are anxious.
No matter which option you choose when it’s time to leave town make sure that you are secure in your decision. Remember, your dog picks up on your cues. If you feel unsure or badly about the decision you’ve made, the dog will become anxious about it too. When it’s time to leave or time to drop the dog off, do so with a positive attitude. As long as you are secure with your choice, your pet will be too. Have fun on your travels secure in the knowledge that you’ve left your furry family member in the best hands possible.