Pet Sitters, Boarding Facilities, and Doggy Daycares
Although many people travel
with their pets, sometimes it's just not possible to
bring them along. A reliable, trustworthy pet sitter
whom your pet adores is a great alternative to leaving
your pet with friends or relatives, or leaving him in
a boarding facility. Professional pet sitters can provide
you with peace of mind when you have to be away from
If possible, ask friends or relatives for pet-sitting
references. Some pet sitters will take your pets into
their own homes, while others will go to your home and
care for your pets. Some will visit once a day, others
multiple times, and some will even stay overnight. Ask
for details, and of course, ask prospective pet-sitters
to come and meet your pet. You may also want to ask to
speak with some of their previous clients.
Doggy daycares are a great way for dogs to
socialize with their canine friends. Pet owners
sometimes use them for active dogs that need
something to do while their people are at work.
Doggy daycares are also handy when travelers with
pets need to go out, but can't leave their pets
unattended in their hotel rooms.
Take a tour before choosing a doggy daycare
facility. See how the staff interact with the dogs.
How many dogs are allowed to socialize together at
any one time? Is there sufficient staff to supervise
all doggy "meet-and-greets"? What happens if the dogs
don't get along? Are staff equipped to deal with
special needs dogs? What other services or extras
can they offer your pet?
Your daycare should require that all vaccinations
are up-to-date for the safety of both your pet and
all the others.
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