Your main dog care options are these four:
- Friends & Family
- Dog Kennels
- Dog Sitting (which includes boarding, walking and day care – but we’ll talk about this more later on!)
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons for each dog care option:
Friends & Family
The first thing you might do is ring family or friends to ask if they’ll take care of their favourite doggo – and who can deny finding a more familiar face for your dog! Here are the benefits of keeping it within the family and friendship circle, as well as the potential downsides:
Sometimes we ring next door’s doorbell for a neighbourly favour. Here are some of the key points to remember when asking your mate down the road to look after your pet:
This may be considered the ‘traditional option’ when you can’t get hold of friends or family, and neighbours aren’t an option. The question remains – is this right for my dog? Let’s take a look at the big points in favour and against kennels.
There’s another alternative to kennels – choose to get a dog sitter, someone to step into your shoes and be there for your dog whenever they need them. Let’s weigh up the options and get one step closer to making a decision:
That rounds up the dog care types for you and your pooch. Next, we’ll look at the services under the umbrella of ‘dog sitting’.
Different Dog Sitting Services
We’ve been talking about dog sitting, but we’ve not looked at the different services available: boarding, walking and day care. So let’s take a look:
Definition: Overnight dog care, round the clock care that is ideal for holidays
Helen, dog owner and DogBuddy customer, had this to say:
“Kate was really great helping us out with dog boarding at short notice. Very quick to respond to messages, gave us updates on how things were going while we were away, and most importantly gave our beloved Paddy lots of love, attention and walks – we came home to a very happy little dog.”
Definition: Take the dog for a walk – perfect for ensuring your dog gets exercise
Nicky, a regular user of DogBuddy for dog walking, had this experience:
“My dog Mitzi thoroughly enjoyed her walking today with Rhonda. Rhonda was friendly and caring, arrived on time and took photos on their walk so show me when they returned. I am very happy with this service and will be using Rhonda again.”
Doggy Day Care
Definition: Throughout the daylight hours, constant care and attention – great for quick emergencies as well as when working in the office all day
Doggy day care user, Carol, said this about using DogBuddy:
“Quinn enjoyed his time and walks with Alice in day care. Much appreciated the texts and photos showing me that Quinn had settled in nicely in her home. Relaxed and caring Alice made a relaxed and happy Quinn. Thank you Alice.”
Start your dog sitting journey with £10 free credit, for boarding, walking or day care – this one’s on us!
For even more on holiday dog care options, head on over to our full guide.