Is this the first time you've owned a dog? When you decided that you wanted to own a pet, it might be that all you considered was how much fun you'd have together, doing things like playing catch, teaching the dog tricks and going for walks together. You might have forgotten one pretty big consideration. What do you do with a beloved dog when you're not going to be home? Whether you find that your dog is left alone too often because of work and other commitments or whether you are going out of town, not being able to take your pet along for the fun, from trading dog sitting with a friend to using dog daycare services, here are some ideas for when you are leaving your dog behind.
Getting Help From A Trusted Source - First you have to consider the individuals you not only trust, but individuals who actually love dogs as much as you do. You want to make sure that, while you're away, your dog will receive lots of attention. Do you have a youth in your circle of friends who is super responsible? If so, consider paying that young man or young woman to take care of your dog while you are gone. Another idea is to trade dog sitting time with a friend or a family member. Either way, before you leave let your dog spend time with the person who will be taking care of him or her. That way they can develop a connection.
Getting Help From Professionals - Have you ever thought of using dog daycare services? In your mind you might be picturing your little buddy all alone in a kennel, but that's just not the way it has to be. More than likely those at the dog daycare service will play with your dog and allow him or her free time, playing in a safe area, maybe even with other dogs. If your dog eats a particular kind of food, be sure to take it with you. Another important thing is to bring familiar items that your dog loves, maybe a favorite blanket or favorite toys. Whether you are gone for a few hours during the day or whether your dog gets to have a sleepover, you can have peace of mind that he or she will be taken care of by individuals who are trained and who have experience to make your dog happy.