If you are anything like me, you really would love to have a dog. They are just such great companions and fun to have around the home. Something I struggle with however is what I would do with my dog if I were to go on vacation. For this very reason, I have yet to get a dog. So what can you do with your dogs while on vacation? One option is to ask your neighbor or a good friend to pet sit for you while you are away. This way you can ensure that your pet is being well cared for while you are on vacation.
You can leave specific instructions for your friend or neighbor explaining your pet’s daily routine and when they eat, how much they eat, when they go on walks, how far they typically walk, and what else might be important for them to know about your pet. A second option of what to do with your dogs while on vacation is to hire a dog walker.
Believe it or not, this option is becoming more and more popular these days. Not only does this give your dog the opportunity to go potty, but it is also getting fresh air, exercise, and human companionship throughout the day while you are away. The downside to this is that you need to make sure and find a dog walker you trust as they are gaining access to your home during the day while nobody but the dog is there. This is a very reasonable option as it costs about $20 or so for a 30 minute visit. This is great if you don’t want to inconvenience a friend or neighbor with having to watch your dog full time while you are away. A dog walker does it for a living or just because they enjoy it so you don’t have to feel guilty at all for imposing on anyone.
Finally, another option you can do with your dogs while on a vacation is doggy daycare. This is a great decision if you want your dog to interact with people and other dogs all day long. With the socialization that dogs get in this scenario they are often more tired when you pick them up so they don’t require as much attention from you when you are tired. Going off of this idea is the idea of an animal motel. They offer personalized care for your pet whether it is a dog or cat. You can have peace of mind knowing they will treat your animal as if it were their own and part of their own family. They have different services for your pet including grooming and/or even training options while you are away. In case you want to take your pet with you on vacation, or need to relocate to another state, they have services to help you. Whatever you opt for, keep in mind your particular dog’s health and what would be best for them while you are away.