Living with an animal is a huge responsibility. From daily walks, to finding the best food, and scheduling vet visits, caring for an animal can be a lot like having children. That is why for many dog owners, choosing the right people to be alone with their pet, for any reason, can be a stressful decision. Although taking your furry friend with you on some trips may be an option, many times it’s not possible and your only choice is to leave your pet at home. But this decision can actually be the best option for you. If you are considering hiring a dog sitter, here are a few reasons why it benefits you as the owner:
You won’t worry about them in a kennel
Rather than boarded in a kennel, a dog that’s taken care of by a sitter in its own home will feel more comfortable. And if your furry friend is at ease, chances are you will be, too, the entire time you’re away. Kennels can be scary and leave your dog confused about where you are and why they are there. And dogs can become stressed if they are placed in unfamiliar environments with people they do not know. In order to make things a little easier on your dog, leaving them in a familiar environment is your best bet when it comes to your dog’s comfort level while you are away. Although the dog sitter may be unfamiliar to your dog, the stability of remaining in the same environment will make your departure that much easier on him.
Many dog sitters are trained in animal first aid and safety, which is a good thing since dogs occasionally need treatment. It is so common, in fact, that the American Veterinary Medical Association includes first-aid tips for pet owners on their website. A dog sitter can responsibly deal with emergency situations for your pooch while you are away. This means that if Fido eats chocolate, starts limping, or even has a serious medical event such as a seizure, your dog’s sitter is trained to immediately respond so that your dog will receive treatment while you’re away. His safety and health are always the number one priority.
Were you told about a last-minute business trip or decide to take an impromptu vacation? Not a problem. Dog sitters are available for last-minute trips that the kennel often can’t accommodate. With the sitter coming to your home, there is no need to worry about unavailable space. Dog sitters are typically available for your dog during these unplanned trips and are trained to ensure that your dog is comfortable and feels safe while you are away.
They’re also house sitters
The added bonus of hiring a dog sitter to watch your furry friend is that they are also a built-in house sitter. If you are worried about leaving your house unoccupied while you are away, then hiring a dog sitter is a great way to relieve that fear. Your dog sitter’s presence in your home will provide an added level of comfort for you during your trip, while also providing your dog with a sense of security by having someone to care for them in a familiar environment.
Grooming and vet visits
Dog sitters aren’t limited to just walks and play-time with your pooch. In fact, they can take on any number of activities for your dog such as trips to the groomer or even to the vet. For example, if you have a check-up scheduled for your dog that happens to fall on a day when you are away, your dogs sitter can take them to their scheduled appointment and help them feel comfortable during their visit. There is no reason to cancel or reschedule.
So as you can see, a trained, professional dog sitter is not only the best choice for your pet, but it can also be the smart choice for you as well. There’s less stress on both you and your dog, the sitter can also keep an eye on your home, vet and grooming visits don’t need to be missed, and should any emergencies happen, the dog sitter will be able to get your dog the care he or she requires. It’s truly the best choice for all involved.
If you have any questions about hiring a dog sitter, please contact our team today. We are happy to help!