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Published June 12th 2013
Leaving your dog behind when you go away on holidays can be stressful for both dog and owner. You want to be sure that your dog will be well looked after so you don't have to worry. How then, do you ensure that all will be well while you're away?
You might be lucky enough to have friends or family who will stay at your place and look after your dog or mind him at their home. If this is not an option there are alternatives, depending on your budget and the temperament of your dog.
Visiting Pet Minder
You could leave your dog at home and have a pet minder visit. Some pet care organisations offer additional services with pet minding such as mail collection and plant care as well as feeding and walking your dog. While it is definitely a benefit to leave your dog in the security of their own home, the downside can be that they may be spending a lot of time alone. Prices of visits vary usually around $20-$40 per day.
Live in House/Pet Sitter
This way your home is minded as well as your dog. There is usually no charge involved as the sitter will be getting free accommodation in return for looking after your home and pet. This is a good option however your need to check the references of your sitter to ensure you have someone who is honest, responsible and dog loving. Sites such as mindahome and aussiehousesitters can provide a selection of potential home and pet sitters.
Dog Minding in Private Homes
Some pet care organisations match private individual pet minders with pet owners to cover holidays and other absences. This option can provide very individual attention for your dog and caters for requirements such as dogs that are used to living indoors, medication and dietary requirements and dogs that need a lot of company and cuddles. Dogs Bed and Breakfast and Woofers Animal Care Services are some of the organisations that can provide this service.
The conditions offered at kennels vary greatly from basic to luxurious so it's worth looking at a few. Allbreeds Boarding Kennels offers heating and air conditioning for your dog's comfort as does Bayside Pet Centre. Some vets also offer boarding facilities. Prices for kennels range from @$30-$50 per day.
The best place to leave your dog while you are away really depends on you, your dog and your finances. I've tried all of the above and lean towards having a house/pet sitter as then the house gets minded as well.
I regularly use the 'pawshake' website and have had numerous good experiences - you can search for pet sitters in your area, meet up for a free "get to know each other" session and when you book the website includes free insurance for your lovely pet! Check it out:www.pawshake.com.au