Worried About Your Pet Getting Lonely? Where To Take Your Dog While You’re Away

Reviewed By Tom •  Updated: 10/16/22 •  4 min read
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Worried About Your Pet Getting Lonely

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In the morning we go to work, study, and our pets are left at home alone. Sometimes you get 2-3 free days  that you want to spend with benefits, go to a couple massage spa, just go to a beauty spa with friends, or use the services of a Moroccan bath with massage. We have to leave the dog for a long time, leaving on holidays or at the cottage on weekends. If cats experience loneliness calmly enough, then special conditions need to be created for dogs.

You can, of course, ask friends or relatives to leave their dog. But, let’s be objective, not everyone will agree, and not everyone will cope with this responsible task. You can use the services of the hotel for animals. But, if your dog is treated kindly with attention and is used to living at home, then even a short-term stay in an isolated box or aviary can be a huge stress for him. The best solution in such cases is dog sitting. Today we will consider these two cases: hotels for dogs and dog sitting.

Zoo hotel

The demand for this type of service is growing every year, more and more pet owners resort to the services of zoo hotels during their absence. Before you leave the dog in the pet hotel, read the conditions of detention: check that the “room” matches the size of the guest, the dog must be able to freely change its position, eat and drink comfortably.

Dogs in such hotels, as a rule, walk in special walks several times a day. In order for the owner to be calm about his dog, in good hotels there is a video surveillance camera in the rooms. Some hotels even provide them with a microphone, so you can talk to your pet remotely.

The list of services in zoo-hotels, as a rule, is standard:

But here they are ready to offer additional services:

Dog Sitting

Worried About Your Pet Getting Lonely

These services are provided both in your home and in the home where the dog sitter lives. If you give a pet to an apartment, check the conditions of the pet in advance. Most often, several animals live in such apartments at once. You need to understand whether the pet will be able to get along with other guests, whether it will be comfortable and safe in such conditions. Before agreeing to dog sitting, check the certificates of the absence of diseases in other pets, be sure to ask the person who will stay with your dog about the availability of a document on basic cynological education: he must have minimal knowledge about caring for a dog.

Advantages of dog sitting:

Disadvantages of dog sitting:

One point can be singled out here – that your dog is in other, unusual conditions for her. This is another house, and another person nearby. Therefore, be sure to prepare the animal for dog sitting. Introduce them, take a walk together, have the dog sitter treat your dog to something delicious. At dog sitting, take all the necessary things: toys, a bed, a leash, bowls. For the animal to see familiar things, to smell them. So it will be calmer.

Whichever option you choose, it is always important to take into account the fact that the owner understands his dog better than anyone else. And if you have any doubts about the chosen place for dog sitting, look for other opportunities to place your pet on vacation or take your pet with you.

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!