I’m worried about leaving my dog with someone else!
Many dog owners, me included, can be anxious about leaving their dog with someone else to look after while they are away. I am lucky enough to have a houseful of adult kids who will, (usually!) accept the responsibility of looking after the dog while I am away; but even then, I usually find I fret about whether they will let her out enough, or watch her carefully enough while on walks – because Floss the collie does not take kindly to other dogs! In years gone by, when we had multiple dogs, cats and an array of small furies to boot, part of my holiday preparation was writing huge long essays regarding holiday care of the animals!
Here at Holidays4Dogs we completely understand that people can feel anxious about leaving their pets with someone else when they go away – whether it’s for business or pleasure going away and leaving the family dog behind can be hard.
However, our network of carers are all genuine and exceptional dog lovers from all walks of life, with all kinds of qualities and experience to suit every type of dog. What each individual carer has in common, is that they adhere to a strict code of conduct when it comes to looking after guest dogs.
As an absolute basic requirement, all carers must have a fully enclosed, safe, dog friendly garden and have access to lots of nearby walks. We never accept full time workers and the majority of our lovely hosts, are either retired, or work from home.
All of our carers have had years of experience of dog owning themselves and they too understand and empathise with some of the worries that owners might have when leaving their dog. Here are a few common concerns that dog owners may have;
1. They won’t be careful enough about not letting my dog run out of the door – all of our carers are extremely vigilant about making sure all doors are closed before, for instance, the front door is opened – many carers utilise baby gates around the house for extra security, especially if they are aware they are caring for a Houdini!. Generally speaking, we don’t accept carers whose front doors open directly onto the street.
Our carers will happily exercise guest dogs off the lead, if owners agree to this. However, if owners prefer their dog is always on the lead during his holiday, this is fine too – either way, our carers take the responsibility of caring for other pets very seriously, and all are comprehensively insured.
2. They will never manage my dog’s naughty behaviour! – our carers are all experienced dog owners themselves and are well versed in the habits that all dog owners get used to as second nature – such as keeping bins out of the way, keeping expensive vases out of tail-sweeping reach, keeping hazardous materials locked away and removing temptations for any counter surfing! As well as this, we have lots of carers who have expertise in managing more challenging canine behaviour. Although, we cannot accept aggressive dogs, we do regularly cater for the more boisterous dog that needs perhaps a little extra patience and understanding.
3. My dog might develop bad habits – Holidays4Dogs takes lots of information about your dog and your dogs habits, what training he’s had and what you, as an owner, expect of him. You and your dog also get to meet your carer long before a dog stay is booked, so you can explain again in detail about your dog’s behaviour and personality and see where your dog will staying.
If, for instance, you do not allow your dog on the furniture at home, this will be strictly adhered to by your carer. If you do not tolerate begging, you can rest assured that your carer will not spoil your dog by offering him titbits during his holiday. On the other hand, if you want your dog to have every home comfort and be spoilt rotten – your carer will happily oblige!
4. My dog won’t get as much as attention as I give him – our carers are chosen, not just for the professionalism and trustworthiness, but crucially for their genuine passion for dogs. Many of our carers are retired people and they relish the fact they can spend their days looking after lots of different dogs from different families. They may have had dogs all their lives, but now do not want full time responsibility for a pet – perhaps they wish to travel, or spend time with grandchildren, so looking after other people’s dogs from time to time, means they get the best of both worlds.
Also, while some of our carers have dogs of their own, (many do not), there will only ever be your dog being cared for – never dogs from other families at the same time.
5. What if my dog gets sick while I am away? – In the rare event that your dog becomes ill while you are away, your carer will make sure your dog is taken promptly to a vet. Lots of our carers are experienced in canine health and know the signs to look for in a sickly dog. Your dog will be taken to your own vet, or one approved by you if you are local to your carer, or otherwise in an emergency, to the nearest available vet or on call vet.
Our carers are passionate about caring for dogs – and look after them as they would their own. Guest dogs live in the house as family and never left outside unattended. We even have carers who are able to accommodate a dog who cannot be left at all and can provide 24/7 care.
Walks are a big part of the service at Holidays4Dogs and our carers can cater for as much or as little as your dog needs – but all in all, your dog will be cherished and looked after, in just the same way as you would do. In fact, some owners find they are a little upset when they collect their dog and he doesn’t appear to want to go home! Rest assured though, that your dog will not forget you, but he will be perfectly happy to return to his carer on another occasion.
As well as complete peace of mind, many of our carers will provide updates and photographs via text or social media, so you can check in and see what exciting things your dog is getting up to while he his on his holidays.
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