Going on holidays with your dog is unfortunately not always possible. In this case, no need to cancel your long-awaited holidays, you just have to find a solution so that your four-legged friend is in good hands during your absence, but also so that he does not suffer too much from the solitude.

Fortunately, there are now several solutions to keep your dog.

Kennels or boarding: a good solution for sociable dogs

If your dog has nothing against being around several of his peers during your absence, putting him in a doghouse or in a boarding house may be an appropriate solution.

These establishments are simply dog ​​centers. They are held by professionals who will take care of your little protected during his stay, and this in a place specially designed for dogs.

Like any vocational institutions, the services offered by kennels or pensions are naturally paying. It will therefore be necessary to provide a budget more or less consistent to keep your dog, the rate corresponding generally to the length of stay, and the various services offered (if for example the establishment must provide food, if it is necessary to give medication regularly to the dog, if it is necessary to walk it apart from other dogs, etc.)

Feel free to visit several doghouse or pensions to find one that suits you, and especially that corresponds to the needs of your loyal companion. Do not forget that you will entrust your little protected to strangers for a while. Even if they are professionals, they must be trustworthy.

The host family: a warmer guard

If you prefer to keep your dog in a family, there are so-called host families or “dogsitter”.

This type of guarding allows your dog to feel less “abandoned”, in a warm and friendly atmosphere, for a few euros or exchange of services according to your arrangements with the family in question.

However, it will be necessary here also that your companion on all fours is rather sociable and is not repelled by the fact of sharing his life with congeners for some time, since these families have very often animals.

As with choosing a kennel, take the time to select the right foster family. If possible, try to gather advice on the family to make sure your dog is treated well.

Do not hesitate to get to know the people who will keep your dog on all fours to get to know them better, and to give them any important information about the dog (for example, taking a medicine).

It is also advisable to take him to visit the house and meet the family before your departure, first of all to be sure that he will be able to adapt and that nothing disturbs him (presence of children for example), but also to make his first scouting and to get to know other potential animals.

The exchange between individuals: a free solution

The principle of swap between individuals is simple: you keep the dog of the person concerned during his vacation, and it will do the same during yours. This is a very convenient exchange of services for people who need to pay attention to their savings.

You will do these exchanges with an acquaintance if you can, or you will find someone on the internet among the many sites and forums dedicated to this practice.

However, take the time to meet the person before any exchange to make sure she is trustworthy and that she will meet all the needs of your dog.

Home care: for dogs that do not support change

Keeping your dog at home is convenient in many ways.

First of all for your animal, who will not have to undergo the stress of the change of environment, but also for you, since you will not have to move to take it then go to look for it, nor visit a place to make sure it will fit your faithful companion.

It will only be necessary to find a person to whom you have total confidence so that it comes to settle at home during your vacation. She will be able to keep your dog company, thus avoiding him to feel too alone, in addition to feeding him and taking him out.

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