Doggie boarding while on vacation

Your pet might not be able to join you on your trip, but that doesn't mean they can get a little R&R of their own.JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images Your pet might not be able to join you on your trip, but that doesn’t mean they can get a little R&R of their own.

We love our pets, but it’s not always possible to take them on vacation with you, and you want to entrust your four-legged doggie family member to someone who is experienced and loves pets. Knowing your pet is well taken care of can eliminate stress and worry so you are free to enjoy your vacation.

There are 78 million dogs in the U.S., which equates to more dogs the kids, so it makes sense to have a company that can provide a dedicated Dog Vacation service. Here is a service worth looking at for any much loved furry family member.

Service

A service called DogVacay, caters to people who need to leave their pets home while they are away, and they have more than 15,000 hosts over U.S.A. and Canada, in more than 3,000 homes. The hosts are vetted and insured dog sitters, who are more than happy to look after your dog, as if they are part of their own family. All DogVacay hosts go through a five-step vetting process to ensure they qualify to look after a pet as important as a family member. Reservations include pet insurance, and daily photo updates showing your pet enjoying their very own vacation. The process is easy. Reviews from other concerned pet owners will let you know if it is a good fit for your furry friend.

Hosts

Some hosts will take your pet in to join them at their home, while others will happily come to your place and look after your pet in your home, which can reduce anxiety. But either way, through the references provided on the DogVacay site, you can get a good feel for the suitability of the home and pet sitter. Your host will display photos so you can see what environment your furry friend will be living in. If you have a feline who needs looking after, then some hosts will also take your pussy cat!

Cost

Kennels can be expensive, and of course, the attention is split between all dogs, where DogVacay can be more affordable and your dog receives individualized treatments and can be less traumatized by the experience of being apart from their family.

Process

Create a free account, select the area, and search the sitters available. You select, communicate and pay online. You can contact the host direct or DogVacay for any questions, concerns or queries. You can have a no-obligation meet-n-greet, to make sure you are happy with everything, so you have peace of mind while you are away. You can even book a concierge service is you run out of time.

And if your dog loves to have play dates with new friends, you can even register to be a host yourself, and have the joy of looking after a dog and make a little cash.

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