Are you planning on going on holiday? Is it with your four-legged friend or without? I know that he’d rather be with you, but that’s not always possible. Reality is that there are times when you have to leave him behind. Holiday or no holiday.
If there’s no other option and you have to leave your dog behind, you have to make the right choice for him. Here are a few options…
If your kids are old enough (or your parents young enough) to take care of your dog then that’s a bonus! Your dog knows them and they can carry on with the same daily routine, PLUS… you usually don’t have to pay them. Bingo! 😂
Boarding your dog.
Boarding your dog at a kennel is a good choice (especially when you choose mine lol) if your dog is friendly and sociable. Dogs can adapt to staying at a kennel really well and quickly especially if they were introduced to this environment from an early age.
When we’re expecting a new dog that’s never been to a kennel before I always recommend bringing him for a short period of time before he comes to stay. Easing them into it for a day or weekend before leaving them for a longer period makes a big difference.
Finding a suitable kennel.
Ask other dog owners, your groomer or your vet for recommendations. Sometimes your breeder may even have facilities for boarding dogs. Once you’ve got a list together call them, visit them and ask questions. Examples of some questions are:
· How many dogs are there per assistant?
· How often will your dog be exercised and for how long?
· Will he get individual attention?
· Will your feeding instructions be followed?
· Can you leave your dog with a favourite toy, his bed, or a piece of clothing with your scent? (although this one has changed, because of the current situation. Please note: LEAVE BELONGINGS AT HOME)
One of the precautions that we at Vita Canis have in place is to reduce any transfer of the virus onto belongings which is why we won’t accept any personal dog bedding, toys or items. We’ll provide all of these items ourselves. You may still bring your dog’s own food if you prefer.
Once you’ve made your choice, book your dog’s stay well in advance of your holiday or work trip. Kennels normally fill up during holidays and peak vacation periods (everything’s different at the moment, however). It’s always good to think and plan ahead… even if your plans change last minute.
Professional Dog sitters.
Another option is to arrange a dog sitter. If you choose this option you’ll have to decide whether you’d prefer that your dog stays at home or stays in the sitter’s home. You know your dog best so you know where he will be the most comfortable.
The advantages of keeping your dog at home with a dog sitter are that he will remain in familiar surroundings and the dog sitter can also bring in post, water your plants, and watch over your home. The only disadvantage is that your dog will be alone a lot of the time if the sitter doesn’t stay in your house.
If you’re looking for a dog sitter, ask for references beforehand. You need to be sure that the person is reliable because you’re leaving them with your dog, in your house. You have to be able to trust them. It’s also a good idea for him/her to take some time to get to know your dog before you go away.