- Dog Walking vs. Pet Sitting
First, ask yourself what exactly does your dog need? If your dog would benefit more from a mid-day potty break and a little exercise to boot, during the week while you're at your 8 to 5, the services of a dog walker may work best. A pet sitter comes to your home and takes care of your dog while you're away. When you take your pet out of the home, the terms "boarding" and "daycare" usually apply. In-home pet care services allow your pet to stay in their home. My clients have usually either had an unpleasant experience while boarding or their pet may not be particularly fond of other dogs. Some like the idea of not having them in a group setting where bacteria and virus is more easily spread. Your dog gets one-on-one care with a pet sitter. A single person will give your dog full attention and address every need they may have.
Pet sitters may be a better choice for dogs who need attention and/or may suffer with separation anxiety. They are also a good option for puppies, as baby dogs need to go potty more often, and overall need more attention throughout the day. There are usually options for overnight visits or pop-ins say if you have a late day at the office or just want to get away for a weekend.
There are no fixed dividers. At the end of the day most local businesses will have people that will perform both functions. An experienced walker and/or sitter should have insurance, bonding, and references at the very least; having additional credentials like CPR and First Aid training are even better – like the folks here at WaggnTails Pet Care! What your needs you can rely on WaggnTails Pet Care to step up and make you feel comfortable when you have to be away.