(Closed) Boarding or Pet Sitter?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you board or get a pet sitter?
    Board at vet or kennel : (18 votes)
    28 %
    Pet sitter comes to my home : (25 votes)
    39 %
    Drop off at Pet sitters home : (16 votes)
    25 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 31
    170 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    We are just now facing this question. We would prefer to take him with us, since he’s only 11lbs we could bring him on the plane and not have to put him in the under carriage, but it won’t be possible for this trip. We have decided to board at a doggie camp, very open concept where the dogs get to be out and run around with each other all day. And at night they get their own individual space and a night time treat with a kong and peanut butter. Plus this place has cameras set up that you can check on your smartphone to see how your dog is doing. This is a great option for our dog because he’s a social butterfly and will really enjoy being around other dogs. It will be $54/night for him.

    If we didn’t find this place, we probably wouldn’t board him. A pet sitter also wouldn’t be ideal for us because 1) I would want someone with him at all times, not just at fixed times and 2) I don’t know anyone in my area that I would trust to stay at my apartment overnight and for an extended period of time. Up until this point we’ve traveled by car and have been able to take him with us wherever we go. I am so nervous to leave him for a week!!!

    Post # 32
    6107 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    summerbride2016:  We’ve never had to do it but I would use a sitter. Our dog isn’t crated and I can’t stand the thought of her being crated or put in a pin at a boarder. She gets very anxious in those types of situations and also gets anxious when being away from home (at places she doesn’t know), to the point where she doesn’t eat and tires herself out from stressing. She’s fine with people coming into the house though so that would be what works best for us.

    Post # 33
    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I can’t board my dog at a place with a kennel.  He would freak out based on his past experiences.  I’ve done cage-free boarding before at his daycare place and he loves it.  It’s expensive though at $55/night.  I’d go with pet sitter over kennel.  I treat my dog as my baby though.  $200 extra seems like nothing to increase his overall comfort level.

    Post # 34
    732 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    I actually work as a pet sitter for some extra cash!  Obviously I recommend a pet sitter, I think if you have one you trust it takes a huge weight off your mind.  When I had a dog growing up I always worried about her being with other dogs as she was quite small and frightened of the big ones.

    I do two of the options your poll presented, depending on the family.  One French bulldog I watch is small and comes to my house when her owner is away.  My house is pretty small so I wouldn’t do this with a much bigger dog, especially since I let the dog sleep on my bed.  I charge $25 a day for this particular dog but frequently throw in a few days free if it’s a long stay.  I walk this dog 2-4 miles a day, but often have to carry her for part of that.

    Another family whose pets I regularly watch have 2 big dogs, 2 cats, and a house and garden that need to be watched.  So I move into their house when they’re away (I’m close with them and they know I am trustworthy).  Last summer when I did this for almost 2 weeks I charged $200 which is cheaper than my other rate because they left me some groceries and stocked the garage fridge with beer and wine, so even though it was a lot more work I felt super spoiled.  I walk the dogs probably 7-10 miles a day or more if they’re super antsy. 

    I’ll add here that I don’t work for people I don’t know, so your relationship with your pet sitter might be different.  

    Post # 35
    498 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Can I change my vote? I voted for stay at home but thats becuase I had cats in mind lol since they are dogs I definately say one of the other two options becuase dogs are a lot more needy!

    Post # 36
    1719 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    We take our dogs to a really great kennel. We are on the road quite a bit, so we are “regulars” at K-9 acres pet resort. The dogs have made friends with other regulars, and I think they love the kennel owner more than they love us. 

    I like leaving them in a place where they can run and play with other dogs. When they come home, they are usually so tired from playing that they just pass out. 

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