Perfect holiday care for your dog!

31 December 2016

Before you got your dog I bet you thought no worries we will just find some one to look after the dog when we go away.

 

Now you have your puppy or young dog the thought of leaving them makes you feel very anxious. It becomes as important as finding the right nursery or child minder for your young child.

 

If you are planning a half term break or even looking as far ahead as the summer holidays now is a good time to start doing your homework to find a good carer for your dog.

 

A good place to start is with all the local vets. Ask for their recommendations. They usually have a list of people you can contact. Otherwise ask around in the park. If the same person crops up you know they must have built up a good reputation with good reason.

 

Decide what sort of care you are looking for. It can range from kennels to staying in someone's house. Or someone staying at your house.

 

Kennels if well run provide a safe place for your dog to stay. The people that run them are professionals who will keep your dog safe and well looked after. The cons are conditions that your dog isn’t used to if they are a family pet. It could be a stressful place for them especially if there is a lot of barking and they are kept for the majority of the time in their kennels.

 

If you would like some one to stay at your house it could be costly unless you have several animals that need looking after. However your dog will be in his or her own home environment.

 

Home from home is where your dog will stay with a carer in their own home and hopefully be treated as part of the family.

 

Questions to ask -

·      If there are other dogs staying as well how many will be looked after at a time

·      What ages, sizes?

·      How well managed will that be?

·      Is the person looking after your dog fitting in another job alongside caring?

·      If they are a dog walker or a dog groomer where will your dog be when they are working?

·       Do they have insurance?

·      How do they punish bad behaviour? (If they take that question seriously I would choose someone else! If they talk about management and seem kind and sensible then they may be a good candidate)

 

I would personally phone a few people to initially get a feel. Discuss any concerns you have, especially if your dog doesn’t like to be left or has special needs. If you like the sound of them arrange a visit and possibly a dog walk. Once you have decided on your person I would arrange a trial stay. Maybe a day or an overnight.

 

I know this sounds very daunting but it is worth it for your peace of mind. Most good dog sitters are very kind and if your dog is in a situation where he feels safe and has fun he probably won't even miss you!

 

As a sub note wherever your dog goes for their holiday’s chances are they will learn some new behaviours. Some good some maybe not so good. Get back on track straight away with your training and routine and before very long both of you will have forgotten you were ever apart!

 

 

© Karen England2016

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