What’s Best? Dog Boarding vs. Dog Sitter

As a dog owner, it can be a challenge to decide what to do with your furry friend when you’re away from home. Two popular options are dog boarding and hiring a dog sitter. Deciding which one is right for you and your pooch can be a daunting task. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the pros and cons of each option, as well as factors to consider when choosing between them.

What is dog boarding and what should I look for before choosing a facility?

Stellar boarding facilities, such as The Dog Stop, offer a safe, comfortable, and structured environment for the dogs and will have trained professionals on staff who supervise them, ensuring their safety and well-being. (If this is the first time you’ve boarding your pup, here are some things to prepare your pup for a great howl-iday).  Ask if the staff are trained to administer certain medications your pup may need and if they’re trained in animal first aid and CPR. You want to make sure you’re pet is in good hands. Do they require updated vaccinations and have specific playgroups?  The AKC and Pet Helpful recommend that you ask these questions before deciding on a kennel.

After a good night’s rest, inquire as to whether the facility offers a full free day of daycare, like The Dog Stop does,  so your pup can socialize and burn off energy. These facilities should also offer a variety of amenities, such as indoor and outdoor play areas and enrichment activities.


The many benefits of dog boarding

  • Great socialization opportunities for dogs. They can interact with other dogs in a controlled environment, which can be beneficial for their mental and emotional well-being.
  • Additionally, boarding facilities often have schedules for feeding, exercise, and playtime, which can help maintain a consistent routine for your dog.



Potential drawbacks to dog boarding

For example, some dogs may not do well in a new environment or may become anxious or stressed in the company of other dogs. That’s why it’s important for your pooch to become acquainted with the facility. Take advantage of a free day of daycare that many dog care facilities, like The Dog Stop,  offer. Everyone gets to know everyone beforehand! This will help your dog become more comfortable and you should receive feedback from the handlers as to how they adapted and suggestions. Not all dog care facilities are created equal!

What is a dog sitter?

A dog sitter, on the other hand, is someone who comes to your home to take care of your dog while you’re away. This can be a professional pet sitter or a friend or family member who is willing to help.


The benefit of hiring a dog sitter

The main benefit of hiring is dog sitter is your dog can stay in their own home, which can be more comfortable and less stressful for them.


There are drawbacks to hiring a dog sitter

Not all dog sitters, like boarding kennels, are created equal, and it can be challenging to find someone who is reliable, caring and experienced. Here are a few other things you’ll need to consider:

  • Do you want someone else in your home? If this person comes without any other referrals or recommendations, you may want to do your own vetting process to ensure they are safe and reliable.
  • Does your dog have very specific needs that require specialist knowledge? A dog sitter may not be able to provide the level of care that a reputable boarding facility can.
  • Will your dog get all their physical and mental needs met? Not all sitters are able to walk your dog every day or get them out meeting other dog friends.

Factors to consider when choosing between dog boarding and a dog sitter

When deciding between dog boarding and a dog sitter, there are several factors to consider. First, think about your dog’s temperament and specific needs. If your dog is anxious or uncomfortable around other dogs, a dog sitter may be a better option. However, if your dog thrives in a social environment, boarding may be a better choice.

Another factor to consider is the length of time you’ll be away. If you’re only going to be gone for a day or two, a dog sitter may suit your immediate needs. However, if you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, boarding may be a better choice, as it provides a more structured and consistent environment.

Finally, consider your personal preferences and budget. Dog boarding may be more expensive, but it provides a high level of safety, care and supervision. On the other hand, a dog sitter may be more affordable, but may not be able to provide the same level of care and attention.

How to find a reputable dog boarding facility or dog sitter

Finding a reputable dog boarding facility or dog sitter can be a challenge. One way to start is by asking for recommendations from friends, family members, or your veterinarian. Additionally, you can search online for reviews and ratings of local boarding facilities and dog sitters.

When choosing a boarding facility or dog sitter, be sure to ask plenty of questions about their experience, qualifications, and services.

Additionally, if leaning toward a dog sitter, ask for references and follow up with them to ensure that the provider is reliable and trustworthy.

Personal experiences and recommendations

A dog and owner smile after boarding at The Dog StopUltimately, the choice between dog boarding and a dog sitter depends on your dog’s temperament, specific needs, and your personal preferences. It can be helpful to talk to other dog owners and get their recommendations and personal experiences.

One dog owner, Hanna, shares her experience as a customer of The Dog Stop: “The Dog Stop Strip District has been an absolute wonderful experience! From daycare, to boarding, to bath time, it’s clear how much they all care for each pup. Even when my Ella had stomachaches and anxiety issues from boarding, they took great care of her and kept me informed throughout her time there. I would absolutely recommend TDS to all of my friends and family.”

Deciding between dog boarding and a dog sitter can be a challenging task for any dog owner. While each option has its own pros and cons, ultimately, the choice depends on your dog’s temperament, specific needs, and your personal preferences. By considering these factors and doing your research, you can make an informed decision and ensure that your furry friend is well taken care of while you’re away.

The Dog Stop has dozens locations throughout the United State, with many more opening soon. Check out The Dog Stop Difference and find a location convenient for you.