In-home pet sitting is the best answer for most dogs and cats for many reasons, not the least of which is the reduced anxiety while you’re away. Every pet owner knows, there’s nothing like the worry of leaving your pets behind to ruin your vacation. Unless you’re driving these days, taking your dog or cat with you in the air can be dangerous to their health, not to mention all the breed restrictions. Hiring a trustworthy caregiver is almost always the best option.
Here are some of the top reasons hiring an in-home pet sitter for your pets is probably your best bet, and a couple of things to consider when you’re making the decision for your beloved furbabies:
Familiarity – Dogs and cats do best in their own familiar environment. When you hire an in-home pet sitter, your babies will get to eat and drink out of their own bowls, sleep in their own beds (or on their own couch – we don’t judge!), and play with their own toys. They can still bark at the mailman at 11:45 every day and go outside in their own yards. Second to your own company, this is would be your dog’s choice if he had a vote!
Maintained Routines – You know both dogs and cats like their routines. So much so that you could almost set your watch by it if it wasn’t for the fact that they were always trying to push up the schedule! An in-home pet sitter will come by at the same time every day as agreed so your pets know when to expect their new best friend. After a few visits, they’ll know what to expect when the pet sitter gets there, too.
One-on-One Attention – In a boarding situation, dogs only get group play unless you upgrade to individualized play. Upgrade! You have to pay extra for someone to play solely with your dog. With in-home pet sitting, the sitter is there for your dog and your dog only (or cat!). They get all the one-on-one play they want!
Reduced Exposure to Health Hazards – This is a big one. While any good boarding facility will require all dogs and cats to be updated on their immunizations, anyone with school children will tell you that won’t stop germs from traveling. With in-home care, your furry best friend has the same daily exposure risks he had when you were there with him.
Increased Exercise – For working pet parents, this one is the biggest of all. With average commutes falling in somewhere in the range of ridiculous these days, our poor fur babies spend way too much time alone. Often times feeding schedules get disturbed, or meals simply take place too far apart), and, because humans need time, too, they often miss out on daily exercise. An in-home pet sitter will give them the break they need with daily walks or backyard play sessions to stretch their legs. As a bonus, this also cuts down on destruction out of boredom.
One of the biggest things to consider when deciding between doggy daycare/boarding and in-home pet sitting is your dog’s preference. Does he love socializing with other dogs? Does he have immediate separation anxiety when left alone? These are factors that might make it better for your dog to go into a daycare or boarding facility versus being left at home.
The most important thing is that you find your pets the care they need and deserve to keep them happy until your return. Because, let’s be honest, that’s all they’re really doing while you’re away anyway – just waiting for you to come home.