Should You Really Leave Your Dog With Your Pet Sitter

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Should You Really Leave Your Dog With Your Pet Sitter
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Leaving your dog behind while going away on vacation can be a difficult ordeal. Especially when it’s a business trip and there’s absolutely no way of bringing him along. When you leave him with a pet sitter, he’s in an environment that he’s comfortable with and that tends to put him more at ease. Here are a few pros and cons for pet sitters so you can decide for yourself whether leaving your dog with one is a good idea.

Pros For A Pet Sitter
  1. Your dog remains in his own environment and this relieves some of his stress.
  2. Your dog will have his regular routine and eat his own regular food. A sudden change in diet (change of dog food brands, or an addition of new treats) can often lead to gastrointestinal problems.
  3. You have someone to take care of the house. He can get your mail and even make your home look occupied. That tends to confuse robbers.
  4. You can sometimes even find someone that can stay at your home while taking care of your pet. By finding an in-house pet sitter, you’re giving your dog someone to play with while you’re away. There are various levels of service that’s available.
  5. Pet sitters are trained in emergency medical procedures so your dog is in good hands even if something needing medical attention happens.
Cons For A Pet Sitter
  1. Your pet sitter will be at your house, invading your privacy. Some people aren’t comfortable with this.
  2. The price can get pretty hefty. Professional pet sitting agencies charge extra for their services. If you’re looking for a low budget pet sitter, try talking to a trusted family member or friend.
  3. Some pet sitters prefer to bring your dog to their place for care. They have to take care of your dog, and still complete family and work commitments. A whole new environment without you in it might be uncomfortable and stressful for your dog.
  4. When your family pet sits for you, they aren’t doing it because it’s their job, they are doing it as a favor to you. That means they won’t be as thorough with your dog’s care as a professional sitter.
  5. If you choose the wrong person to pet sit, they might bring other people to your house and exploit your trust.

Regardless of whether you choose a pet sitter, a friend, or a kennel agency, remember to give them clear instructions on what food to feed him, any medications to be mindful of, and what you expect as physical activity for your dog. Make sure you also provide them with clear contact information in case of an emergency. Dogs are pretty adaptable creatures. So they will cope, even in your absence.

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