If your work schedule is demanding, you might consider dropping your dog off at a day care center. These facilities typically take care of dogs from early morning to early evening, generally from rush hour to rush hour, but in some cases they offer overnight boarding as well. Depending on the facility, they offer socialization with other dogs in a group setting, play periods outside and inside, treats, toys, grooming and other forms of attention. Costs are generally $12 to $20 per day.
Good day care centers offer a range of activities for your dog; he doesn’t just spend the day in a kennel. The advantage is that romping with other dogs all day can tire out the most energetic canine, and when you pick your buddy up after work and take him home, he will be contented to settle in for a quiet evening with you.
These are facilities where your dog can stay overnight, but they may also provide day care, too.
Since pet lovers spend nearly $40 billion annually taking care of their pets, it’s no surprise that boarding facilities are becoming more and more upscale. But just like hotel chains, the level of service the visitor receives and the quality of the facility vary widely. Many veterinarians offer dog boarding, but because their focus is on providing care to dogs that are sick or injured, the facilities they offer may be simple and sparse, often just a cage type arrangement with a concrete floor.
It is advisable that you visit the facility before making the decision to board your dog. Of course, we don’t want our dogs to be uncomfortable during their stay, so ask lots of questions so you will know Fido will be given the care he deserves in your absence.
Pet Sitters and In-Home Care
In almost all cities you will be find professional licensed pet sitters that you can hire to bond with your dog.
There are several factors to consider before deciding whether to have your dog stay at home while you are away, under the care of a pet sitter, or whether to place your dog in a boarding facility. Your dog’s personality and temperament are a consideration. Some dogs simply do not do well in a setting with other dogs. They have a territorial instinct that takes over, and they can become either nervous or aggressive. If your dog is older or infirm, it may be wise to let him sleep in his own bed in familiar surroundings.
Friends and Neighbors
Another alternative is letting your friend or neighbor take care of your dog for you while you are away. High school or college age people often do pet sitting to earn some extra income. But you may find that even retirees are interested in doing this. It may take you some time to find the right person for the job, so start well in advance of when you are leaving on your trip.
Always leave the pet sitter with complete contact information about where you will be on every stage of your trip, and of course leave the contact information for your local vet. You’ll also want to give the sitter the basic pet first aid kit that you already keep in your home or car in case of a minor cut or scrape. It’s also a good idea to introduce the pet sitter to your next door neighbors, so they don’t wonder about the unfamiliar person coming in and out of your house.
With a little research, you can make certain your dog is well cared for while you are away. No matter which option you decide is best for your fur family, if your pup experiences mild separation anxiety, Bowser’s Best all natural Calming Tablets can help. Having peace of mind can make your trip more enjoyable, and you won’t have any nagging feelings of doubt about what is happening to your canine buddy.