Kennels Vs. Pet Sitters: Which Should You Choose?

The popularity of having a pet sitter that customizes the visits according to your pet’s needs will soon make this an obsolete debate.

Of course benefits can be found in both and I will compare them but now that our culture is more educated about pet care and we are more sophisticated about what our pets need for a great quality of life, the benefits of having a personal pet sitter far outweighs those of putting your pet in a kennel.
Kennels have long been the standard for owners with busy lives with lots of travel. It was great because one assumes that there will always be someone there with your pet. Your pet will be in an environment with other pets and it will minimize the loneliness. It’s cost effective. You could probably find a kennel for $20-$40 per day. The people there are pet lovers right? So they will take care of my pet, right?
Well more and more information comes out about what happens behind the scenes. Yes it’s inexpensive but your pet is not getting the attention that you would think. For the majority of their time in a kennel, 23 out of 24 hours of your pet’s day is cooped up in a cage which increases the anxiety of the pet . Yes they are taken out the cage to relieve themselves but that time is about 15 minutes at a time for about two to three times a day . And kennels close about 6 pm in the evening with no one returning until the next morning. I’ve heard many horror stories from clients about their experience with kennels. One new client of mine recognized that putting her new puppies in a kennel for three days completely ruined the potty training that she has invested with her puppies. Another client told me about how her dog got sick from poisons
and it turned out several dogs got sick from this same kennel. Subsequently the owner spent a pretty penny at the vet getting her dog healthy again. An expense she did expect.
Unbeknownst to the public,there are no regulations required for kennels. The only thing they need is a business license and zoning approval . Now to their defense when caring for lots of dog at once in a kennel, it’s difficult to give undivided attention to each pet.
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So born out of these challenges is the pet sitting industry. If you are serious about your commitment as a pet owner and recognize your pet’s quality of life and care is very important , having a pet sitter is imperative .
Petsitters are more than just a petsitter. Petsitters are your personalized go to consultant or expertise. Petsitters have more than just a business license. There are regulations and certification tests they have to pass in order to be considered a Professional Petsitter. Petsitters have the experience,knowledge and time to give personalized quality care to your pets. An excellent Petsitter will customize everything according to you. They will have the time for the individual attention your pet needs. Your pet will get a good 45 minutes to an hour of exercise per visit. Pet sitters are certified in pet first aid and CPR . Pet sitters continues their education in pet health, pet foods, pet safety and pet behavior. Petsitters are YOUR personalized Pet Guardian. And one more thing, they genuinely love pets.
Petsitters are invaluable . They are worth the price you pay. I encourage pet owners to completely vet the Petsitters they choose. Here is a link to the 15 questions you should ask before hiring your next Petsitter :

 

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14 responses to “Kennels Vs. Pet Sitters: Which Should You Choose?

  1. Excellent post. I used to run a kennel for PetSmart years ago, and honestly speaking it could have been run better if there were more people to take care of the amount of dogs that we had. This was something I always pointed out to upper management from the beginning, but it fell on deaf ears so I quit and decided to board dogs at my home, this is not a kennel, and I offer a home environment to the dogs that stay with me. I also take a limited amount of dogs for I want to make sure that they are all taken care of and not just left on a crate for most of the day. Yes, I’ve realized that pet parents are much more informed and educated about the pet industry and for that I can only say, you go pet parents! Yes, if you are going to hire a pet sitter, please have questions for this person. When I do my meet and greet I always encourage pet parents to ask as many questions as they want.

  2. Exactly Marcela. Isn’t amazing how your for pets led to your career you have passion for doing? I do overnight boards do, you find that the pets are not anxious and more calm and happy because they have someone caring for them in a genuine way. The more that pet owners here from professionals like yourself and me, the more they will know the necessity of what we do.

  3. Yes, I found my passion:) I had a dog that was turned down by kennels and other pet sitters and she ended up with us when everything else failed. She was a rescue therefore she had some issues, but we worked with her when she stayed with us and by the time her parents picked her up she even knew how shake “hands”. Her parents were in shock and we loved it because she was starting to come out of her shell. Another dog was brought to us because every time she stayed in a kennel she went back home sick. She is one of my regulars and has never gone home sick. Her mom brings her almost every month and she stopped using kennels. I am not a big fan of kennels, but I do believe that there may be some that are run properly. If were ever to own a kennel, I’d do things different than what I’ve seen so far. For now, I am happy dog boarding dogs at my home. I enjoy their company and they get the attention they need. I have another dog that when she stays with us I have no problem at all, but she goes home and she starts getting nervous. Could you believe that?

  4. Different animal behavior specialists use different practices.
    Be around your puppy a lot, so he knows to trust you.
    It will enable you to take your pet out and about without having to worry about Fido not listening and wreaking havoc on your outings.

  5. That’s what the mom told me. She said that the best reference I could ever get is Roxy because when she comes to stay with us she is very excited:) Thanks for taking a look at my blog.

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  7. Thank You so much for your comments and I will make sure to expound on this information for you. Please look forward to a second post on this topic. Its one of my favorite topics actually.

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