GUIDE TO LOCAL DOG SITTERS
Looking for local dog sitters? It can be difficult to know where to start when you need to find a trusted individual to care for your dog while you’re away. Fortunately, there are a few best practices that can help make the process easier. We’ll run through where you should look for local dog sitters, how you can make your pet most comfortable and safe in their care, and what other options are available to you. Regardless of your choice, consider reading our Guide to Dog Boarding to get a sense of what you’ll need to pack and prepare.
ASK YOUR VETERINARIAN
You trust your dog’s health with your veterinarian, so why not ask for their recommendations for local dog sitters? They’ll often have a stack of flyers or business cards for their go-to contacts. After all, they have your pet’s health and safety in mind as well. Not only can they provide helpful recommendations, you’ll know the pet sitter is in contact with your vet should the need arise to handle a medical concern or emergency. No matter who you choose to look after your vet, the top priority is to connect them with their vet and provide authorization should they need to bring in your dog. Even if you’re in an area with limited reception, your dog sitter should know what protocol you expect them to follow.
OPT FOR AN AT-HOME PET SITTER
It’s stressful enough for your dog to be away from you. Many pets suffer from separation anxiety when their owners are out for the day, never mind gone for days or weeks at a time. Keeping your dog in their home environment can provide comfort, rather than bringing them to an unfamiliar home. In addition, it’s difficult to truly assess the safety and security aspect of another individual’s home, since it’s not a controlled environment. Rather than causing more stress for yourself and your dog, consider bringing the caretaker to stay at your place.
CONSIDER PROFESSIONAL DOG BOARDING SERVICES
Even better than leaving your dog in the hands of an individual is to consider professional dog boarding. It’s still important to do your research. A quick online search can bring up the best options in your area, so you can then view their websites, read reviews, and request a visit to their facility. We recommend opting for an honest, transparent boarding company. Any trustworthy option should be more than happy to provide you with a tour and answer any questions you may have. As mentioned, we suggest reading our Guide to Dog Boarding for everything you need to know.
It’s nerve-racking to leave your dog while you’re away, whether it’s the first time or something you need to do regularly. Ask your vet for recommendations on local dog sitters and dog boarding options – they’re a great source for trusted suggestions. We suggest finding a boarding kennel you can get to know and trust, that way it’s always available when needed. Even if you’re not planning any trips, it can certainly help in emergency situations when you may not be able to care for your pet for a night or two. Getting your dog accustomed to the same facility can also help to ease their stress, since they will become familiar with the environment and staff. We hope this has helped ease your mind for the next time you need someone to care for your dog!
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