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Dog Sitting vs. Dog Boarding - Which is Right for You?

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Dog Sitting Pros & Cons

When you're in the position of looking for someone to care for your furry friend while you're away you're typically faced with two options: dog sitting or dog boarding. Both these options have their pros and cons which we'll cover today.

The first thing to consider when you're thinking about getting a dog sitter is if this is the best possible option for your pup. There are many great choices out there for sitters, but will this be what your dog want's most? There's a few things to think over when making this decision. The big difference between sitting and boarding is the environment your dog will be staying in. With sitting, your dog will be able to stay in their own home. For some dogs this can make a huge difference of their level of comfort especially if they are already uneasy about their pet parents being away.

If your puppy or dog is prone to anxiety or has issues interacting appropriately with other dogs, then this is likely the right choice for you. It can also be easier on brand new dogs or older dogs who can have a harder time adjusting to new environments. If you are a multi-pet household then this also plays a role in your decision. It's common for pets to be attached to each other and separating them can sometimes bring unnecessary stress into the mix. However, there are certainly a lot of dogs who would much rather spend the day in a boarding setting surrounded by other furry friends to play with and more human companionship.

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Dog Boarding Pros & Cons

When you're looking into dog boarding, it's again hugely important to consider the wants and needs of your pup. If they're the more social type then it may make sense to get them into a well-known boarding program. Lots of pups thrive in a social setting where they're able to make new friends, get tons of human attention, and hopefully have such a great time that they won't even notice you're gone.

There are a wide variety of programs to choose from so it's a good idea to do some research into the company you're considering before making your reservation. When researching a candidate, it's a good idea to read through their FAQ page to get a thorough picture of what their services entail and how they run their programs.

Remember to Ask

Before you reserve your service, whichever you decide is best for you dog, remember to ask what your dog's day will look like while they're there and how they'll keep in touch with you during their stay. These are the two most critical points to cover with the company. Knowing how your dog will be taken care in your absence will give you the peace of mind you'll need to make the best decision. Most importantly, knowing how they'll keep you up to date on your pups well-being will help ease any anxieties you have about leaving your fur baby alone.


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