Here’s a short video on places to leave your dog while you’re on vacation, but read the details in full below.
1. Spend Time With a Family Member or Friend
I just came back from vacation a couple of days ago. I decided to leave Simba with a family member if possible. Luckily, a family member was available to keep Simba for a couple of days. I had no worries at all leaving Simba there because he was with a family member that I can trust. He has been around this family member a lot and gets along with him great. I like the fact that he will also get to be around other dogs that he plays with on a regular basis and he was very familiar with his surroundings. He always has fun when we go there.
The hotel we were staying at was not pet-friendly. It would have been awesome if it was and we could take Simba on his first beach trip, but we just could not this time around. Although my family and I wished we could have taken Simba along, we knew he would be safe with family while we were away. Simba did great with the family member while we were away, but he sure was happy to see us return! We were happy to be back home with him as well of course. It’s not a good idea to leave your dog with someone who is scared of dogs or has no experience at all with them. You should try to leave your dog with someone who has their own dog(s) or at least has experience with dogs, loves dogs, and your dog knows them pretty well.
2. Board Your Dog
If your family member or friend is not available you can always board your dog somewhere. As always you should do your research and visit the place before taking your dog there and dropping him off with total strangers. You should definitely check out reviews and ask people who they recommend. Boarding kennels or Pet resorts are places where you can leave your dog overnight, for a couple of days, or even for a longer period of time at some places. Your vet may offer boarding services so make sure you check with your vet first since your dog is probably comfortable with the vet and his staff.
If your vet does not offer dog boarding you can board your dog at a place like PetSmart which offers a PetsHotel! According toPetSmart.com “your dog will be cared for around the clock in a safe, comfortable environment made just for them. From comfy sleeping accommodations to supervised play areas full of toys”. Sounds like the life to me! Read this PetMD article for more information on boarding your pet.
3. Hire a Dog Sitter
Don’t like the idea of boarding your dog? How about hiring a dog sitter? You can hire a sitter that will watch your dog in your home or watch your dog in their own home while you’re away. Also, you should definitely meet with the sitter and see how your dog interacts with them beforehand. Find a sitter through someone you know or through a reputable service. One service that might help you find a dog sitter is Rover.com. You get to create your dog a profile, view sitter profiles with photos, and even see reviews of the sitters. It looks like a great tool to find someone to dog sit your pooch.
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Also, check out our post about What to Pack Your Dog When Going on Vacation if you decide to take your dog with you on some of your trips!
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Note: This post also appeared on 3milliondogs.com. I was compensated for the post.