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DAYTIME DOG SITTING
No matter whether you have a puppy, a senior or a dog in between, she will benefit from socialization, exercise and mental stimulation while you're at work. Dogs are pack animals and isolation is their biggest health enemy. Isolation can lead to lethargy, aggression or depression (yes dogs can get depressed).
You have many choices when it comes to day care for your dog. You can take her to a doggy daycare center where she'll be in an open playpen with several other dogs to play as they like. Of course, that requires you to get up earlier than usual to allow for the extra drive time to get Buddy to Doggy Day Care as well as the extra drive time required at the end of the day to pick him up. Unless you have a dog who gets motion sick or anxious when riding in a car. And, even more importantly than the time burden or car anxiety is that not all dogs do well in Doggy Day Care. According to Applied Animal Behaviorist, Dr. Patricia McConnell,
First and foremost, it is important to remember that dogs did not evolve to play in large groups. Play between dogs is primarily between two individuals. Groups of dogs can play well together, but if you watch carefully, there are always two dogs as the primary “actors,” and other dogs on the periphery, trying to join in. Thus, large groups of dogs aren’t usually “playing together,” they are jockeying for position, or forming smaller play groups."
Let's also not ignore the fact that doggy day care is no different than child day care when it comes to exposure to contagious illnesses. We'd all like to think that responsible pet owners wouldn't take their pooch to doggy day care if the pet is ill. But not all pet owners are responsible and it's often more difficult to assess when a dog is becoming ill versus when a child is becoming sick. AND, your out of pocket cost isn't going to be any less for a doggy day care than it is for our dog sitting service to come to your home.
Another option is to ask a work-at-home neighbor, stay-at-home friend or retired relative to pop in and play with Bella throughout the day. The primary concern with this solution is where does your dog fit in their priorities if something unexpectedly comes up that they have to take care of? It's definitely an option in emergencies, but is it a viable long-term solution?
You can pay a teenager in your neighborhood to come over after school and let Ginger out. If you go this route, be sure you have sufficient insurance coverage just in case something unexpected happens. And as responsible as your neighboring teen may be, she doesn't have the training to care for a dog and she doesn't have the life skills to know how to react in an emergency.
Yes, we'll admit we're biased. We believe hiring a dependable, professional dog sitter is the best solution. We offer your dog play time, socialization, potty breaks, exercise and loving -- all in the environment he knows best; his own home. This is where he is most comfortable, most confident and happiest. We are specially trained to handle pet emergencies. We won't sneak him treats you don't approve of like your mom may do. And, we'll also bring in your newspaper/mail -- or teach Fido to do it for you.
My mom used to say that the puppy you train in the first month at home is the dog you live with for the next 10 years. That first month with a puppy is where habits are developed -- good or bad. And those little fur-babies have so much energy -usually in short spurts- but if they can't burn off that energy, bad habits are formed. Unfortunately FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) doesn't apply to dogs so you can't be home with your new fur-baby during those formative days.
Let us help you create good habits in your puppy's first month at home with a consistent routine of potty breaks and exercise. We'll create a schedule with you that
OVERNIGHT DOG SITTING
When it comes to overnight dog sitting we believe in-home dog care is even more important than choosing in-home care during the day. Dogs come to understand their owner's routine. Their internal clock gives them a clue when you'll be home. But when you're out of town, their alarm clock goes off but you don't come home. This can cause mild-to-severe anxiety, depending on the dog. The best thing you can do for Daisy is keep everything else as routine as possible. That's why overnight dog sitters are your best solution. But don't take our word for it.
Other pet care experts share these reasons as well. Healthy Paws Pet Insurance and Foundation writes,
Boarding is the most common method pet parents select; it’s slightly cheaper than a pet sitter, but the quality of care is often less. Kennels will meet your pet’s basic needs – food, exercise, bathroom – for a lower price, but there are also hazards that go along with choosing this option.
With our in-home overnight dog sitting, Tucker will be exceptionally well cared for. He'll sleep in his own bed, eat on his own schedule and cuddle up with a loving, caring dog sitter to settle in for the night. If he isn't a cuddler, no worries. We'll follow his lead to provide him with what he needs.
When he wakes up we'll implement his morning routine. Out for a potty break, breakfast is served, perhaps a walk or a game of fetch with the ball.
We recommend a meet-and-greet between you, your dog and our overnight dog sitter close to the date you'll be gone so that Lola sees her as a friend rather than a stranger while she's staying with her.
Based on our years of experience we know Rover will be well cared for, but we want you to feel good about his care too. We'll communicate with you throughout our stay. Photos, email updates, whatever makes you feel confident that your fur-baby is being well cared for. Why? Because we know how it feels to leave our pooches with other people. No one can care for your dog as well as you -- but our dog sitters are as close as you can get!
Your dog's well-being is our sole focus. Call us at 651-800-4674 to set up a visit or learn more.