International Pet Sitters Week is that first week of March! This event was founded by PSI, the world’s largest official professional pet sitters organization. While your canine buddy would love to go everywhere you go, that unfortunately just isn’t always possible. And, while many people have been working from home this year, there are times that people need to leave their dogs in the care of others. A local vet discusses pet sitting below.
Why should you use a sitter or dog walker? They can be a perfect solution for times when you are working long hours or navigating a packed schedule. Fido is usually pretty good about holding it, but even the best pup can only go so long! The fresh air, exercise, stimulation, and company a midday stroll with a walker provides will definitely benefit him, and just help break up his alone time.
While every circumstance is different, we would generally advise boarding if you’re going to be gone for more than a day. Pet sitters or dog walkers are best for long or busy days. Of course, it’s worth noting that many kennels have reduced their hours or capacity, or even paused services, during the pandemic. This may also factor into your decision.
Many people opt to ask friends or family members to watch their dogs. This is understandable. There are some obvious benefits here. It’s often much cheaper, and people are comfortable leaving their pups in friendly, familiar hands. However, if something were to happen, that could strain—or even ruin—your relationship. You also won’t have the same protection that a licensed sitter or kennel could offer.
If you are going to use a pet sitter, the first and biggest concern is screening applicants. You can’t leave Fido with just anyone! Professional organizations do vet their applicants, but even this isn’t always foolproof. Ask for references, and check review sites. You may also want to ask your friends, family members, co-workers, and veterinarian if they have any recommendations. One thing that is very important is making sure that your canine buddy’s sitter or kennel is properly licensed, bonded, and insured. Of course, Fido should also be able to weigh in!
Whether you decide on boarding or pet sitting, we recommend starting out with a short trial run. In case of boarding, this helps Fido get used to his home away from home. With pet sitters, it allows you a chance to see how things go.
Is your pet due for vaccinations or an exam? Contact us, your local veterinary clinic, today!