The choices can be confusing as to what accommodations are right for your pet while you are away from home. These are some of the choices you need to consider when you are choosing between a dog walking/pet sitting service or a Dog Boarding and Training in Phoenix facility!
Would you prefer if your pet stayed in your home and had a visiting pet sitter stay in the house and perform other duties like bringing in the mail, watering the plants, or to walk or play with your dog or cat ?
Tip: This does provide added security, if they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Your house is safer when not vacant of an adult presence.
Would you like to drop your dog at a certified pet sitter’s home and have that individual take care of your dog in a home environment instead of a kennel?
Tip:Usually you should know what other dogs or pets are residing in that home, and how many there will be at the time your pet is there. Make sure the environment is clean and safe, as well as secure if there is a backyard area.
Would you like to your dog to come back happy and possibly “smarter” after you have returned?
Tip: There are several renowned places in the Phoenix Valley which have licensed pet trainers that also board pets or do pet-sitting. Licensed and accredited dog trainers who offer this service will be able to work 1 on 1 with your pets to help them fun skills, get potty trained or basic obedience training. What’s so great about this – is that both your dog and you win while you are gone!
Last Bit of Important Advice:
We recommend always touring any facility, home or vet’s office that you plan to have your pet stay while you are away. Make sure you know how much exercise your pet will receive and how often and when those hours will be. A dog sitter, boarding facility, an animal hospital or pet sitter that offers no exercise or crates or kennel constantly, should not be an option!! You would be surprised how little some dogs get out in a vet boarding facility. Most vets do not have 24 hour supervision either. Busy vet techs are walking dogs only to relieve themselves, not for exercise or freedom from the kennel environment. This is not appropriate for young energetic puppies or dogs so please ask the right questions
Now – time for the holiday!