5 Ways 30 Minutes with a Dog Walker or Pet Sitter Will Benefit Your Dog

Question: Why should I pay a pet sitter to come and spend 30 minutes or more with my dog when they can go to daycare and play all day with other dogs?

It is tempting to think that you’re getting more value for your dollar by taking your dog to doggy day care or boarding when you travel, work or need to be away from home for a few hours. However, there are many different factors to consider before making a decision about your pet’s care and well being based solely on price.

Here are 5 ways that 30 minutes with a pet sitter will be more beneficial to your dog than a full day at daycare:

1.  Structured walks and play actually tire your dog out more than running around like a lunatic all day. Why? Giving your dog a focused task (focusing on walking, using commands while playing etc.) forces your dog not only to work their body but also work their brain; and the more your dog uses their brain, the more tired they are at the end of the day. At daycare, frenzied, wild play may actually cause your dog considerable stress and lead to physical or behavioral problems.

dog sitting Hilton Head, SC2.  Your dog walker will stick to the same training and routines that you use. Structure and consistency are crucial to have a well behaved dog. Dogs are creatures of habit. At daycare, it’s just not possible for the daycare workers to make sure that all of the dogs are minding their P’s and Q’s and dogs that are continually taken to doggy daycare or boarding can develop some bad manners and bad habits.

3.  Your dog walker will take your dog to his regular potty spot to reinforce potty training and walk your regular route to reinforce consistent toileting behavior. At a daycare, your pup will be able to pee and poo wherever he would like. Unfortunately, dogs don’t understand that what is okay in one place is not okay in another so they can easily get confused when they come back home and start having accidents in the home.

4.  A dog walker is able to provide your dog with one-on-one attention and care. A professional dog walker will use appropriate commands and be attentive and fully engaged withdog walking Hilton Head, SC your dog. At a daycare there are usually one or two workers assigned to 10-20 dogs at a time. With so many dogs to look after, their main focus is trying to prevent fights or injuries and keeping the play area clean and sanitized. They are unable to give each dog individual attention.

5.  When your dog is at daycare they are at risk of injury and illness from being exposed to many other dogs. When you hire a professional dog walker or pet sitter, your dog is safe and secure in his own home and environment, cutting down on vet bills and providing you peace of mind.

Island Pet Care  Providing professional pet sitting services to Hilton Head Island, SC and the surrounding area since 2003.

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