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Dog Travel: What To Do When FIDO Has To Stay Behind

Here is another great article shared with FIDO by guest blogger Laura Hartle, who writes for the blog Zerve.  Laura previously shared How To Travel With Your Dog (Without “Ruffing It!),  with us and this is her FIDO fabulous follow-up!

Dog Travel: What To Do When FIDO Has To Stay Behind

What’s a dog-loving adventurer to do when their pooch has to stay behind? Worry not! We’ve got some boarding options that are so much fun, your dog might not even notice you’re gone! (Just kidding, they love ya.) Plus, we spoke to the experts about for what to look for in a boarding situation, how to make your dog feel at home and more!

DogVacay   is an online marketplace that connects dog parents in need of pet-care services with qualified pet caregivers. Forget the kennel! DogVacay has thousands of vetted and insured dog lovers across the U.S. who are just waiting to treat your dog like one of the pack. Find the perfect match from hosts in your area and book online. Peace of mind perks include 24/7 customer support, photo updates, a money-back guarantee and, of course, a cage-free stay for your pup.

Aaron Hirschhorn, Co-founder of DogVacay, is in the business of making sure your pet is well cared-for while you are away. Check out his tips for making sure your pup is well-prepared and comfortable with their new sitter:

Get to Know Your Host. At DogVacay, we offer to set up meet and greets between pet parents and potential hosts, so both owners and dogs can get to know each other before a stay. It’s important that you are comfortable knowing how a sitter will interact with your dog and that your dog receives them kindly. It helps to discuss your approach to pet parenting with a new sitter, such as how your dog is or isn’t being trained, their personality, their daily routine, how you praise and discipline, so that the host can offer a similar environment to home.

Remind Them of Home. Just as you’re going to miss Fido on your trip, he’s going to miss you too! You can leave behind a few articles of clothing, like a T-shirt or a blanket, as well as your dog’s favorite toys so he can be reminded of home. It’s also a good idea to give your host more than enough of your dog’s usual food to last through the stay, so as not to vary their diet while you’re away.

Be Detailed. Taking the time to write down detailed instructions for your host can ensure that your dog is getting the same care and attention as he would with you. Whether it’s receiving medication, directions for making Fido’s favorite treat or a list of his favorite games, you’ll have greater peace of mind knowing your host knows exactly how to make his doggie vacation great.

Photo Credit - DogVacay Co-founder Aaron Hirschhorn with his dog Rocky. Photo courtesy of DogVacay

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