The days of boarding your pet in a kennel are dwindling. No more dropping your pups off to be confined to a crate for the majority of the day. Or even worse, developing anxiety and medical issues from the loud, noisy, and heavily populated kennel environment. Now, your pets can remain comfortable with all the luxuries of their existing home. In-home dog care is a great alternative for pet parents who don’t want to leave their fur baby at a new location without constant love and attention. Sometimes you just can’t enjoy some time away from home if you’re worried about your pet.
When our pets know we are leaving them, they become understandably sad. You know that look they give you when you have the suitcase out. The one that says, “How can you leave this face?” Well, studies have shown that pets do really miss us while we are away and that feeling only grows the longer we are gone. Depending on your dog’s disposition, this can cause anxiety and stress in your pet at the thought of being alone. This can become even more of a problem if you leave them at a kennel where there are no familiar surroundings.
Some animals may become depressed when left at a kennel, feeling abandoned. They won’t have the continual love, belly rubs, and treats that they are used to at home, and that might throw them off for awhile. While it’s important to mention that kennels aren’t negligent, they have many animals that they need to care for and it’s likely your pet won’t receive the one-on-one attention you might prefer.
Leaving your pet with a sitter or a loved one is a great way to continue the constant attention they would normally receive from you. With in-home pet care, your pet will get to stay in their own environment and still get all the love they deserve. They may even feel a tiny bit pampered while you’re gone. If you have a yard large enough to run around, a sitter could spend some time outdoors with your pet. Giving them much needed exercise and a place to burn off any stress they might have in your absence.
In addition to outdoor time, sitters can take your beloved pooch on a walk either around town or to a park where they can sniff to their heart’s content. If you live in a city or densely populated area where you don’t have a yard, daily walks are imperative to keeping your pet happy. This also ensures that no accidents will occur in the home since you have a sitter to take your pet out at regular intervals.
Walks are great even for pets who have a yard because it gets them out past their normal routine. If your pet is constantly busy and doing fun things, they won’t have time to sulk about you not being there. A tired pooch is a happy pooch. And a happy pooch is what you want to come home to.
Medicine administration/specialized care
For pets that have specific medical needs or are in need of specialized care, a pet sitter is a great option. That one-on-one attention can make a big difference, especially for a pet who needs constant companionship and attention. If you have a pet that needs medication, a sitter can take extra care to administer whatever they need. Pets who suffer from pain or movement issues will benefit from having a pet sitter remain in their space in case they are needed.
Our pets are more than that—they are family, and leaving family behind is never a fun thing to do. If you can afford a sitter for the duration of your absence, try it. Your pet won’t be alone, they will have all the love and care you could hope for, and your house will feel a bit less empty to your pet.
Having in-home dog care while you have to be away is definitely something that can set your mind at ease. You and your dog will be much happier and less stressed than you would be if you had to board them. Having a sitter come to your home helps to alleviate this extra stress by giving your pets the one-on-one attention, love and pampering they deserve. So next time you have a long trip to go on, consider in-home dog care first.