Comparing Dog Boarding vs. Dog Sitting
Now that you know the basics on dog boarding and dog sitting, let’s get into the nitty grrritty.
The costs of dog boarding and dog sitting are actually quite comparable. You can see our pricing for overnight stays here. Since the expenses are similar, it’s important to take value into consideration. If you have a social dog, and you’re going to pay the same price for a sitter as you would for a pet hotel, why not allow your dog to go make furriends?
Some of our overnight guests at Hounds Lounge are also doggie daycare regulars, so boarding with us gives them a chance to hang with their longtime buddies during the day!
If you are traveling during a busy time, like spring break or summer vacation, it might be difficult to find a dog sitter. Dog boarders with lots of room, including Hounds Lounge, will always work to accommodate your dog. However, it is best to make boarding reservations well in advance of major travel holidays. Boarders tend to fill up around Christmas and New Year’s!
There is undoubtedly more room for error with dog sitting than dog boarding. Pets can escape, and sitters can be unreliable. Accidents caused by your dog and/or sitter can happen in your home. In contrast, pet boarding offers a high level of security and safety.
Many dog boarders, like Hounds Lounge, have their systems down to a science. We care for dogs in a controlled environment, so there are fewer chances for things to go wrong.
There are professional dog sitters who are highly qualified for the job. However, they are only one person, and they are human, after all! A person can easily make mistakes in an unfamiliar environment. Plus, many factors are out of a dog sitter’s control. Their car could break down on the way to care for your pet. They could even experience a family emergency, which would have to take precedence over your dog.
In most cases, it’s better to have an entire team caring for your dog. Hounds Lounge will never cancel on you!
Both dog sitters and dog boarders require a bit of preparation on your end. As you are getting ready for someone – maybe even a stranger – to enter your home to dogsit, you are probably going to want to tidy up your space. You will need to stow away any valuables. Consider anything that could go wrong. Remove plants your pup might want to eat, and pick up any small items that could be used as a chew toy.
Then, it’s time to write out your list for the dog sitter. This list needs to be extremely detailed, as it is the ultimate guide to your fur baby. You will need to include:
- How to enter and lock up the house
- Where all of your dog’s items are located
- How often your dog should be taken out for bathroom breaks
- When and how much to feed your dog
- When and how much to exercise your dog
- When and how to administer any medications
- Your dog’s sleeping situation
- Emergency contacts, including your veterinarian’s office
Depending on your dog, you might need to include additional points.
In comparison, there is little for you to do before taking your dog to a boarder. Furrst, you’ll need to call your vet ahead of time and have them send in your dog’s vaccination records. Once those records are received and approved, your prepwork is a walk in the park. You can simply pack your dog’s food, medicine and bedding (if you wish) and leave your home as it is. Then you and Fido are ready to go!