Sometimes it cannot be avoided: you'll need to take a lengthy trip and nobody is available to take in or babysit your dog. If you plan to be away for about a week, it is not wise to leave your pet unattended, even if you have a pet door set up and an automatic feeder. Your dog requires human interaction, and a lengthy absence may instill feelings of abandonment.
Worse, you could experience damages to your home or an attempted escape, and you definitely don't want that. The best option for you in this situation is to send your pup to an extended stay care service.
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"Doggie Daycare" is designed to care for your dog while you are away. Trained professionals will see to grooming, feeding, and exercise, plus any medical needs your dog requires.
If this is your first time leaving your pet with other people for more than a day, you are naturally concerned about the treatment your dog will receive. Before you commit to an extended stay service, therefore, it is advised to do your homework.
Collecting referrals from friends with dogs is a good first step. Find out where your friends entrust the well-being of their four-footed friends and make calls from there.
Find out, among the available services in your area, which are licensed and how they are staffed. Is there a veterinarian there, or at least one on call in case of emergencies? Will the center provide for specific dietary and health needs if your dog is advanced in years? If your dog is skittish around others, will the caretakers make provisions to keep your pet out of harm's way?
These are just some of the things to consider before you drop off your pet. Know, too, if you are allowed to leave personal items or if the center provides everything. Choose a service you feel comfortable with, then make plans for your trip knowing your dog is in good hands.