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Benefits of In-Home Pet Boarding

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Questions and Considerations About In-Home Boarding Pet Sitters

 

When deciding upon the in-home boarding spot right for your dog, Hirschhorn says some of the most important considerations are getting a feel for the environment and a sense of how your dog and the sitter get along. Keep these questions and consideration in mind when meeting with any potential pet sitter:

 

1. Is the pet sitter’s home clean and safe? Before you head out to tropical paradise, head over to the facility that you’re considering to confirm your pet will be placed in a pet friendly, secure home.

 

2. Are the pet-watchers/homeowners responsible and reliable? The same way that you would consider whether or not a family member or friend could do the job of watching your pet, do your due diligence on the in-home boarding homeowners. Read other customer reviews, and ask specific questions about their pet experience and daily routine.

 

3. Are there other pets in the house? If so, how many, and what types? If your dog loves to play with other dogs, consider whether this household is home to small pets or large dogs which may frighten your pet. Also consider if there are any other animals, such as cats, present in the household.

 

4. What’s the daily routine? If your pooch needs his pill at a certain time of day, or likes to go on long walks in the morning, be sure that the in-home boarding care will be accommodating. Consider feeding, medication, physical needs and hygienic needs (baths or teeth-brushing) when you ask about the schedule.

 

5. Provide full disclosure. In addition to interviewing the in-home dog sitter, providing an out-of-town contact number and asking about the nearest animal hospital, it’s a pet parent’s job to be open and transparent about a pet’s needs, says Hirschhorn. Share as much info about your pet’s personality, needs and medical history as possible to ensure your pet has a fabulous time on his vacation!

 

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  • A new and growing trend
    01/06/2015 06:52pm

    We don’t intend to take business away from folks who make a living doing pet sitting, but so your readers are aware….a relatively new concept is in-home pet care for free. Retirees, like my husband and I, travel the world caring for homes and pets in exchange for free accommodations. As your article indicates, pet owners benefit by not having to kennel/board their pets and their home is safer since it’s lived in while they are on vacation/holiday. It’s a great solution especially for folks who are going to be gone for an extended period of time where a pet sitter would be cost prohibitive. We have done free in-home pet and house sitting from 2 weeks to 3 1/2 months in the U.S., Spain, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and soon Scotland and London. We benefit by traveling the world without paying for hotels or lodging. We put together some insights about why this could be a great option for many pet owners: www.retireespetsitforfree.com

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