Your Question: Why should I pay a pet sitter to come and spend 30 minutes 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 or work.
However, there are many different factors to consider before making a decision on your pet’s care solely based on price.
Here are 5 ways that 30 minutes with a dog walker will be more beneficial to your dog than a full day at daycare:
- 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.
- Your dog walker will stick to the same training and routines that you use. 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.
- Your dog walker will take your dog to his regular potty spot to reinforce potty training. 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.
- A dog walker is able to provide your dog with one on one attention and care. At a daycare there is often one or two workers assigned to 10-20 dogs at a time. With so many dogs to look after, there main focus is making sure there are no fights and that the play area remains cleaned and sanitized. They are unable to give each dog one on one attention.
- When your dog is at daycare they are at risk of injury and illness from being exposed to other dogs. When you hire a dog walker, your dog is safe and secure in his own home and environment. Cutting down on vet bills and adding peace of mind.
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