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Vacations can be year-round, from summer to winter and in between. That's why the question "what do I do with my dog while I'm on vacation?" is a year-round one. Fortunately, there are several options for you and your pup. We detail them below:
When planning a vacation, one option is to take your dog with you. This, of course, depends on where you're going and whether it's even possible to bring your pup along. Here are some questions to consider when including your dog in your vacation:
If your vacation isn't suited for your pup, you can always leave your dog at home with trusted sitters. You can either hire a professional dog-sitter (through sites like Rover.com) or ask some nearby friends and family to watch your dog. In addition, you can ask the sitters to stay at your house or you can bring your dog to them.
Pro Tip: If you decide to hire a professional sitter, make sure they are qualified, well-rated and reliable. Also, it's recommended you do a meet and greet to make sure you are on the same page and allow your dog to become more familiar with them.
Another great option, especially for social dogs, is boarding. Boarding involves taking your dog to a facility that houses several dogs during their people's vacation. Although your dog will get less one-on-one attention at boarding than if you hired a sitter, he or she will get to play and interact with other dogs. Plus, the facilities are staffed enough that your dog will still get some of that one-on-one time.
If you decide that it's best to leave your dog at home during your vacation, you'll want to do some preparation for both your dog and whoever is caring for him or her (be it a sitter or boarding facility). Here are a few ways to do so: