By Adam Lee-Smith
Published: 12/04/2021, edited: 11/14/2022
Heading out of town this holiday season? Whether you're visiting family or spending a weekend at a cozy cabin, knowing what to do with your canine compadre can be tricky. Some vacation homes don't allow pets, and traveling long distances can be unnecessary stress on your fur-baby.
Leaving Fido cuddled up at home with a doting dog sitter might be the best option. Here are 5 great reasons to hire a dog sitter during the holidays.
If you have to travel long distances, whether by plane, train, or automobile, your pup might be better off at home. Pups, particularly those who aren't crate trained, may suffer from anxiety when cooped up in a small space for a long period. Flying can be incredibly stressful for dogs — especially if they have to fly in the cargo hold!
Even if your dog suffers from mild separation anxiety, staying at home with a dog sitter is often better for your dog's mental health than long-distance travel.
If Scoob's staying home for the holidays, you'll probably consider booking your pup a stay at a kennel. While kennels are a popular choice, they don't usually provide the best care possible for pooches. Your dog might spend their time in a small kennel, surrounded by noisy neighbors — not the best spot to spend the holidays!
By booking a dog sitter, you'll have peace of mind knowing that Luna is in their home environment, getting one-on-one care from a vetted dog sitter. Dog sitters through Wag! have all the necessary traits to ensure your doggo is happy over the holidays. If you book a sitter through Wag!, you'll even receive video updates from your sitter of Bella having a ball so you can rest easy over the holidays.
One benefit of hiring a dog sitter is that they'll look after your hound as well as your home. You can ask your sitter to water your plants, take in your mail, and ensure your home is tidy when you return. Since burglaries are still common over the holiday season, having someone around to watch your home means you can relax and enjoy your time away.
Pet parents are sometimes put off hiring a dog sitter since it can be more expensive than a kennel. However, booking on the Wag! platform works out to be less costly than traditional pet care.
For example, dog sitters in San Francisco through Wag! start from $39 per night on average, while traditional kennels start from $55 on average. When you book a dog sitter for the holidays through the Wag! app, you'll save a little cash, and your pup will be happier staying in a familiar and comfortable environment.
Most importantly, your dog will have a "pawsome" time hanging out with a dog sitter. Your dog sitter will arrange fun games for your dog, give them delicious treats, and provide lots of love. Plus, your sitter will take your dog for regular walks to keep them mentally and physically stimulated while you're gone.
While you might miss Charlie over the holidays, they'll be happier at home playing with their favorite puzzle toy than traveling hundreds of miles to visit family several states over. When you get back from your vacation, don't forget to show appreciation to your dog sitter for a job well done!
Finding a dependable dog sitter over the holidays isn't always a walk in the park. Book a dog sitter through Wag! to care for your canine this Christmas.
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