Deciding where your dog is going to get the attention and care they need when you’re away on holiday can be tough. You want to know that your dog is going to be happy and active while you’re away - not curled up, bored or anxious.
But don’t fret, help is at ‘paw’ - we’ve compiled this handy guide to take that stress away. Simply click on the heading below to find what you need to know:
(Or feel free to read the whole guide with a cuppa!)
You may be wondering how long you can legally leave your dog alone in the UK, and following the introduction of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 we can see that there is no explicit longest length of time that is considered to be a criminal offence. Despite this, when we asked Natalie Grey from Vets4Pets about her views on leaving dogs alone, we saw a similar theme to the RSPCA:
This is down to leaving a dog at home alone having an impact on the social development of a young puppy when left for too long, as well as having behavioural effects even on older dogs. In some cases when dogs are left for too long, they can develop separation anxiety.
For more information on this topic, check out our full article on the DogBuddy Blog.
We’ve been talking about dog sitting, but we have not yet covered the differences between the services available: boarding, walking and day care. Let’s explore the varied options and help you choose which will be the best pick for your dog:
Definition: Overnight dog care, round the clock care that is ideal for holidays
This is what Helen, dog owner and DogBuddy customer, had to say:
"Kate was really great helping us out with dog boarding at short notice. Very quick to respond to messages, gave us updates on how things were going while we were away, and most importantly gave our beloved Paddy lots of love, attention and walks - we came home to a very happy little dog."
Definition: Take the dog for a walk - perfect for ensuring your dog gets exercise
Nicky, a regular user of DogBuddy for dog walking, told us of her experience:
"My dog Mitzi thoroughly enjoyed her walking today with Rhonda. Rhonda was friendly and caring, arrived on time and took photos on their walk so show me when they returned. I am very happy with this service and will be using Rhonda again."
Definition: Throughout the daylight hours, constant care and attention - great for quick emergencies as well as when working in the office all day
Doggy day care user, Carol, said this about her time using DogBuddy:
"Quinn enjoyed his time and walks with Alice in day care. Much appreciated the texts and photos showing me that Quinn had settled in nicely in her home. Relaxed and caring Alice made a relaxed and happy Quinn. Thank you Alice."
Start your dog sitting journey with £10 free credit, usable for boarding, walking and day care - this one’s on us!
For more information on the Pros and Cons of your other care options, check out our detailed article on the DogBuddy Blog.
Think about how your dog will react around new people, and potentially new dogs or other pets - this can help you figure out which option is the perfect fit for you and your pooch. It’s important to learn about your dog’s body language, as your dog might not always bark when they’re upset. Rather than showing signs of aggression, they could simply be trying to play, which means they’re comfortable around a new person or dog.
Check out some of the most common dog behavioural signs to help you learn more about what your dog is telling you.
Look out for pricked up ears, wagging tails and even a bark or two!
Beware of bared teeth and growling - this dog needs some space.
This dog has it's ears back; they may start whining to tell you that they’re scared.
Lots of wagging tails; relaxed ears show that this is a happy pooch.
You may find your dog hanging around their food bowl, as well as following you very closely to get your attention.
This dog will likely be staring off into the distance and when they lie down they don't close their eyes.
Check out our full post to get to know breed specific behaviours, and more!
Ensure your dog has enough exercise while you are away. The easiest way to do this is by providing a walking schedule to your care provider tailored to your pet’s needs. PetMD suggests that:
Take a look at our walking schedule template below if you’ve not prepared one for a dog walker before:
Alternatively, you can fill out the schedule for walks when you sign up for DogBuddy and you register your dog. Also, with that link you can get £10 free credit for any service!
With our DogBuddy App you can take this to the next level, you can see your sitter sticking to the routine that you have laid out for your pooch, thanks to our GPS tracking!
For more on preparation for your dog sitter, including a downloadable feeding schedule and much more, check out the full article on the DogBuddy Blog.
To make the transition as easy as possible for your dog, you should introduce your dog with their sitter face-to-face before the time of care so:
But most importantly, it means that your dog will be looked after by a familiar face!
Here are DogBuddy’s tips for the perfect meet and greet:
For more tips on getting your dog prepared for your dog sitter - head on over to the complete post on the DogBuddy Blog.
We know that owning a dog can come with some obstacles. You always want to know that your dog is safe, and when you can't... you worry. We wanted to know what restrictions these concerns can lead to, so we asked dog owners all about it. When talking about restrictions, 60% said that owning a dog stopped them from taking a short break or going on a holiday longer than a week.
Even 11% of those people suggested that owning a dog has stopped them from taking a certain job or career!
At DogBuddy we aim to make these situations a thing of the past, and turn owning a dog into a walk in the park!
To find out what we offer, head on over to the full post on the DogBuddy Blog!
Now you have all the information and options around dog care while you’re away, you can feel confident to move forward with the best dog care for you and your pooch. To start your search for the perfect dog sitter, click on the button below and let us help you find the sitter that your canine companion deserves:
Use this guide to make your decision and choose not only a ‘least stressful option’ but the decide on the dog care option that will enrich your dog’s life: combating separation anxiety, increasing socialisation and giving them a new home from home.