By Caroline Park
Whether you plan vacations months in advance or need a last-minute getaway, the question always remains — what to do with your furry best friend when you’re away?
For many pet owners, kennels aren’t a great option — but home dog boarding is a solution that will offer peace of mind and provide almost any pup a vacay to remember!
In addition to the convenience of finding a host sitter in your neighborhood, one great benefit to home dog boarding is the ability to find a host and home that accommodates your pup’s exact needs and provides the same loving attention that you do. Since pups come in different sizes and personalities, here’s a guide to finding the perfect home boarding host for your furry friend.
For your puppy
The host should be able to give your puppy 24/7 supervision. Puppies need a lot of attention, so this host will be on the constant lookout to make sure that the home is safe for exploring, and that the puppy is healthy and happy.
A stay-at-home parent or retiree would be ideal for this pooch. Be sure to visit their home first, to ensure a fun, puppy-proof environment.
For your big dog
A host who loves big dogs usually has a yard so that the guest pup has room to roam. Larger dogs may need a lot of exercise, and your host will understand how to physically and mentally care for a dog with high energy or strength.
You can even find hosts with specific breed experience, so you know they’ll be completely comfortable in public with your big love bug.
For your anxious dog
Many dogs experience separation anxiety when away from their beloved owners, so it’s important to choose a host who knows how to love under pressure!
Calm hosts who know how to earn a dog’s trust with activities and gentle care are the best choices, so don’t be afraid to ask questions about their experience. You may also want to choose a host who works from home or is able to be with your dog most of the day, giving your pup the full attention she deserves.
For your senior dog
Hosts who have experience with senior dogs know the importance of patience and taking it slow, so consider someone without high-energy resident pets or young children.
The right home will be easy for older pups, with safe floors and ramps or single levels. This host will also know how to notice any warning signs of exhaustion or distress, and may even be able administer oral or injected medications, as well as CPR.