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Pet Boarding: The Big Difference Between Kennels and Pet Sitters

There is much to say about the differences between a kennel and a pet sitter. This article will focus on understanding the difference between a kennel boarding or a pet sitter boarding. Even if the concept is the same, both services end up being very different.  The term boarding refers to when you take your pet to a place and they take care of your pet in such place.

 What is the difference then?

A kennel is more commercialized, they have a lot of cages for the dogs, hired staff and a building specifically for this service. On the other hand the pet sitter is more customized, it feels more cozy. The pet sitter is the same person always and doing this in their own home.

A big con of a kennel if the staff they hire. Some work in the morning, some work at night. With free days and firing staff on top of this, there is a big chance your will not see the same person twice! This leaves no time to bond with anybody and the fear of being surrounded by strangers at all times.

A kennel also takes too much pets, way more than a pet sitter would. Mainly because a house is gonna be smaller than a kennel and the pet sitter knowns the limit of how many pets it can take without being overwhelmed.

Kennels don’t have much room for personalization for a pet care. And it makes sense for their business, they have so much pets it’s not profitable to customize the care for each pet. A pet sitter has fewer animals and room for more customization. If your pet has any allergies, needs a special diet, walking alone or favorite toys, a pet sitter is a better fit.

There is a study made back in 2014 that shows how a dog behavior is affected in a kennel cage. Even highly trained police dogs showed mental illness behavior once confined in a kennel cage.   The study concludes their behavioral change was influenced by the dog’s personality. This indicated that not all pets are fit for a kennel.

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I recently took care of a dog that was left on a kennel on past occasions and it got so bad he stopped eating, he was barking so much he lost his voice and lost a lot of weight to the point they had to call a vet. It was the environment of the kennel. Imagine a very old dog that lives in a farm with a beautiful pond and with all the attention to him. Suddenly he is in a place with very little place to run, caged most of the time, competing with 40 other dogs for attention. Of course he is not gonna do well in a kennel when he has a paradise back home. So, the owners tried a pet sitter to see if the dog would do better and it did!
If you want a commercial option you can try a kennel. But if what you are looking for is a long-term place where the person caring for your pet has a bond with your pet, and knows your pet like its own, then a pet sitter is the option for you.

 

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3 Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe This 4th Of July

4th of July is one of the most anticipated holidays in the United States, Christmas being number one on the list. And what’s not to like about this holiday? Great weather, amazing food and BIG LOUD FIREWORKS!  Everybody has a good time at the party, except your pets. It can be a terrifying experience for your four-legged ones if you don’t plan ahead and make sure they are safe and comfortable while you party with family and friends.

Here is three things you can do before and during your 4th of July party so your pets have a good time as well:

fireworks-879461_12801.  Skip The Fireworks

Let’s not kid ourselves, we can’t control everybody’s party in the neighborhood, but at least we can control our own party (for the most part). Something you can do is try using fewer fireworks. It’s not about quantity but quality. I’m sure your friends and family would still have a good time if you only use 5 fireworks instead of 30. You can also opt for quiet fireworks, yes they are a real thing. Ask for quiet fireworks at the store and if they are not available you can always buy them online. Google “Quiet Fireworks Online Store” and you can find plenty of options. Another thing you could consider is watching somebody else’s fireworks. There will be a lot of people celebrating this 4th of July, I bet that if you step outside in the right spot, you can see your neighbor’s firework show. I know that is what I will be doing.

 

 

pug-1210025_12802.  Prepare A Secure Place

Planning ahead makes sure a great party doesn’t turn into a disaster party. So pick a room in the house to turn into the “emergency secure room”. It can be a room far away from where the party is set or the basement. Grab a thick blanket, the pet’s bed, a shirt with your smell, food, water, treats and a couple of toys. If you can include a TV or a radio to make some white noise it works ever better! It’s important there is nothing dangerous in the room like glass or important stuff like a family album. This way it can’t get hurt or find something important to chew on. Before the fireworks start make sure the dog is in the secure place you have prepared with a cartoon movie or nice music and plenty of chew toys.

 

grill-1599032_12803.  Keep An Eye On The Food

If you want to keep your dog in the party there is something you should consider… keep an eye on people’s plates! With everybody talking, dancing and having a good time it is hard to see what your dog is doing. If you are not careful your dog can end up eating those chocolate cupcakes, the guacamole dip or the grapes in the fruit platter! And these things are VERY DANGEROUS for a dog to eat! The party could end with a trip to the vet if you are not careful, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. A good tip you can use at any party is to  raise all food to the counters  or high tables. If your dog is small enough it won’t be a blessing to reach. For bigger dogs you can use baby gates to restrain his access to the food area. Involving other people can save you big headaches. If you tell all friends and family to keep an eye on your dog and avoid leaving their plates where the dog can get to it you will have less to worry about. Something nice you can do so your dog doesn’t feel left out and people are not so tempted to feed him leftover or BBQ pieces is to purchase festive dog treats everybody can feed your dog. Now be careful on how many treats your dog eats! Too much can upset their stomachs.

I hope this three things help you plan a better, and safer 4th of July party that your dog can enjoy. It will make your dog’s day less scary and you can have a better time at the party without worrying about your dog. Let me know how you are going to celebrate this 4th of July and I would love to see pictures! You can share them trough my Facebook Page .

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