Trusting someone to look after your dog while you are away on holiday can be tough, but you’ll have peace of mind if you do your research first.
Family or friends
Leaving your four-legged friend with a trusted member of the family or a friend can be ideal, as your dog will have already met them which will make for an easier transition and give you piece of mind that they’ll be in safe hands.
Will your dog stay with your friend or family in their home or will they come to your house to look after your pet?
If your dog will be staying in another house with your family/friends then think about the following:
- Do they have another dog? If so, does your dog get on with them?
- Do they have other pets and if they do, has your dog met them before with a positive interaction?
- Are there children in the household and is your dog happy around them?
- Do they have a garden? If not, are they prepared to walk your dog more regularly to allow for toilet breaks?
- If they have a garden, is it secure with high fences so that your dog can’t escape?
- Is your dog likely to settle well in the area your friend/family lives in? If your dog is used to the quiet of the countryside, they might find the hustle and bustle of a city a bit stressful.
Pet sitters are people who live in your home during the time you’re away and look after your dog in your own home for a fee. It’s a good alternative for pet owners who aren’t fortunate enough to have friends and family who can help out.
Employing a pet sitter has the added benefit of keeping your pet in their own home so they will be comfortable in their familiar environment.
How to find a good pet sitter
- Ask your local dog walking/community group for recommendations
- Meet potential sitters before you book to see how they get on with and interact with your dog
- Make sure they are insured and DBS checked. Pet sitters don’t need a licence to work, but reputable ones will be able to show you training and insurance certificates.
- Check reviews online from independent review sites. You can also ask for existing client details to check on their experiences.