While many of us would love to have our furry companion accompany us on our travels, there are times when this isn’t what’s best for our loyal friends. We all want to do what’s best for our dogs. Your dog might not be a happy traveler – in which case you might want to consider either a pet hotel or home boarding.
Thankfully there are many excellent solutions available.
A good host home for your dog will make your dog feel like part of the family and will provide plenty of exercise, play, and affection while you’re away.
You may want to select a dog hotel with luxury facilities. Online reviews can help guide you in your search, making it easier than ever now to find what you want.
Most importantly, though, you’ll want to be sure you’re making the right choice for your dog. Let’s look at both options for you to make an informed choice.
Why you might prefer a pet hotel
If your dog loves the company of other dogs
Some dogs relish being around other dogs and are happiest when playing and being around other animals. If this is your dog, consider a pet hotel, where he or she will be able to spend lots of time running with the pack, as it were.
Pet hotels usually have dedicated play areas for pets to socialize for long periods, so this could be an ideal solution for you.
If your dog has medical needs
One of the most prevalent advantages of pet hotels is that your dog can potentially have access to medically trained personnel around the clock. There is usually someone experienced on hand in case of any emergency, which can provide you with additional reassurance while you’re away.
If your dog requires lots of attention
Some dogs want more attention than others, so if your pooch tends to be happier with human company, dog hotels usually have dedicated staff assigned to your friend. Your dog will get plenty of affection.
Why you might choose home boarding
If your dog is easily stressed
If you have a dog who has a tendency to be anxious, home boarding is probably a better choice. This is because home boarding comes a bit closer to recreating your dog’s daily routine in a home environment.
In addition, dog hotels will welcome dogs of all different temperaments and sizes. If your dog doesn’t easily get along with other animals or is nervous around new dogs, home boarding will most likely be more comfortable for your dog.
If your dog is more independent
Your dog may be used to being on his or her own for most of the day. In this case, your pup might be happy with a home boarding situation in a home with a similar schedule. The more the environment matches what your dog is accustomed to, the better.
If your dog is susceptible to illness
In a pet hotel, your dog will be exposed to lots of other animals. Some dogs have medical conditions that mean their immune system may be more susceptible to contracting a disease or other problems from other dogs.
When finding a dog hotel, consider that good pet hotels will carry out thorough medical checks, but with a lot of dogs in one space, it’s worth considering if this could impact your dog’s health.
If your dog is senior or has disabilities
Home boarding might be a better choice for older dogs simply because they might prefer a quieter environment. Staying in someone’s home can allow them to take their time and not be expected to romp and play if they just want to snooze on the couch!
Conclusion for Pet Hotels vs. Home Boarding
Provide some home touches
Whether your dog is in someone else’s home or a pet hotel, you’ll want to provide some comfort in the form of favorite toys, food, and treats.
Even if your dog is in a pet hotel with a dedicated chef (and there are many of those!), treats from home can help your dog settle more quickly.
Remember to leave something with your dog that has your scent on it – a sheet, pillowcase, or an item of clothing. Having your scent available can help your dog feel less lonely while you’re away.
Check references and reviews
For home boarding facilities, check references from past clients. Read online reviews for pet hotels.
Any good facility will let you come and visit first. When you’re there, check if the dogs are happy, well-fed, and in clean surroundings. Check that the staff is attentive to the animals.
Provide your dog’s carers with relevant information
Be sure to leave all necessary information regarding your pet’s needs: exercise routines, food, and of course, any medications.
It’s also wise to provide an emergency contact number in case of an incident – someone who can make vet decisions on your behalf. Leave your local vet’s number, as well, and give your vet the phone number of your chosen pet hotel or pet sitter.