When choosing the best dog care option for your dog, you need to consider how your dog may be different from other dogs. From breed type to age, there are many things that you need to think about:
Dog Behaviour & Temperament
Think about how your dog will react around new people, new dogs or other pets – this will help you figure out the perfect fit for you and your pooch. It’s important to learn about your dog’s body language (your dog might not always bark when they’re upset). Instead of aggression, they could be trying to play, which actually means they’re comfortable with a new person or dog.
Check out some common behaviour signals to learn what your dog is telling you.
Look out for pricked up ears, wagging tails and even a bark or two!
Beware of bared teeth and growling – this dog needs some space.
This dog has it’s ears back; they may start whining to tell you that they’re scared.
Lots of wagging tails; relaxed ears show that this is a happy pooch.
You may find your dog hanging around their food bowl, as well as following you very closely to get your attention.
This dog will likely be staring off into the distance and when they lie down they don’t close their eyes.
Assessing Your Dog’s Needs
When picking a dog care option, there are several factors to consider – ones affecting you (such as cost and convenience), but they don’t cover the whole picture! Here are a few key questions to ask yourself for the benefit of your furry pal.
Breed Specific Behaviour
All dogs are different, but when it comes to purebreds there are some common characteristics that a lot of that breed share. It’s good to be aware of what these tend to be, as it can give their sitter an insight into your dog’s behaviour and what kind of care it may need. Take a look at what you can expect from the top five most common dog breeds:
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! If your dog’s breed isn’t listed here, check out all of our breed profiles at https://blog.dogbuddy.com/dog-breeds/.
Cost Of Dog Care
One of the most important parts of picking the right dog care is whether it is affordable. Many people even sacrifice their holiday because they can’t afford to keep their dog in a kennel.
How much does dog care cost for a week?
Take a look at how much an average week’s worth of overnight dog care will cost you:
|Dog Care:||Average Cost for A Week:|
|Dog Kennels||£105 to £350|
How much does dog care cost for a month?
If you have up to a month where you will not be able to look after your dog, these are the average costs that you could be looking at:
|Dog Care:||Average Cost for A Month:|
|Dog Kennels||£410 to £1,300|
You really see a huge difference at the upper end of the dog kennel price scale. The top end £1,300 service tends to be for big dogs and essentially you pay for the extra size of the kennel and any ‘luxury’ items for your pooch. Remember that in these scenarios, the lower end of the dog kennel average tends to be for very small dogs, combined with cheap (and sometimes questionable!) conditions. Also, don’t expect to negotiate price like you can with a high-quality dog sitter boarding your pooch (large or small) in their own home.
For even more on holiday dog care options, head on over to our full guide.