When looking for pet sitting service for your dog, there are a lot of options to consider. You can go with an in-home pet sitting service or, if you’re comfortable enough, take your dog to a doggy day care. Before you choose one of these types of pet sitting services, ask yourself a few questions.
How willing are you to load your dog up twice a day and take him to and from doggy day care?Have a look at pet sitter for more info on this.
What habits might he pick up from the other pets that you’ve worked so hard at training your dog not to do?
How stressful will this big change be for your dog?
Why can’t my favorite pup just stay at home in his own territory?
It’s important to consider these questions before making your final decision on whether to enroll your dog in a doggy day care or find an in-home pet sitting service close by. When it comes down to it, there are 5 reasons to choose in-home pet sitting instead of a doggy day care that will benefit both the owner and the dog.
- Not Much Change and Less Stress for Your Dog New environments with new people and new scents can make some dogs very nervous, especially when he/she is there without you. The other animals can sometimes be intimidating and territorial, which can make your dog feel uncomfortable and less welcomed. There are so many new voices to listen to, sometimes all at once. Maybe they’re not all towards your dog but it can be very confusing to know who to listen to. There are also new and unfamiliar scents and no spot for your dog to call his own. Your dog may feel like he’s being punished because he can’t stay home like a good dog and be comfortable. You should know that by hiring an in-home pet sitter, your dog will be much more content because of all the familiar surroundings; he just needs someone to take him out during the day.
- No Bad Habits to Pick Up from the Other Pets You might be surprised at what goes on at some doggy day care centers. Sure, it looks like fun for your dog to play with “friends” but not all the pets there get along or are as well behaved as your dog. Plus, when certain breeds interact, they pass on bad behavior that you’ve worked so hard at training your dog to not do. Although you shouldn’t completely isolate your dog from other pets, your hard work doesn’t have to go to waste.
- Your Pup Might Catch the Flu or Another Illness- Achoo! Your dog’s stress levels would be much higher than normal due to all the changes and his immune system won’t be as strong. It would be harder for him to ward off all the new germs he’d come in contact with during his stay at a doggy day care. That means there’s a higher chance of your dog getting sick within the first few weeks of being there. I’m sure you don’t want your dog to get sick and have to spend the extra time and money to take him to the vet, which no dog likes anyway. By hiring an in-home pet sitting service, your dog is a LOT less likely to get sick at home because of his immunity to many of the germs there. In-home pet sitters are WELL aware of the germs they bring in and apply sanitation practices whenever possible.
- Your Dog Can Stay on a Steady Routine Some owners have rituals with their dogs that they’re both quite used to. It can be something along the lines of waking up, taking the dog out, feeding him breakfast, and playing with him for a bit before heading off to work or wherever. Some owners I know even leave treats for their dogs to find during the day. All this can stay the same and an in-home pet sitter can come throughout the day to take your dog out for potty breaks and exercise. Dogs adjust very well to routines like this since they depend so much on humans to care for them.
- Extra Security for Your Home When your in-home pet sitter comes to visit, she checks the rest of your house and yard to make sure everything is safe for you and your dog. She turns different lights on and off and moves the window treatments to show that the home is not abandoned all day. Having your dog for a “watch dog” isn’t always enough. Your pet sitter can do all these things your dog can’t. If you took your pet to a doggy day care, no one would even be able to bark away the people who walk by and your home would be more at risk for intruders because it is completely abandoned. Choosing an in-home pet sitter is truly a safer alternative.
You and your dog will be so happy with the benefits an in-home pet sitter will provide. Your dog may receive good care from a doggy day care but your home isn’t nearly as protected and your dog won’t have the same comfort and one-on-one attention while you’re gone.