Okay, I will admit it (as much as it pains me to do so) in-home pet sitting just isn’t for every pet. If you have a pet that cannot be left alone in the home without destroying everything (and a kennel or crate at home isn't an option), a boarding facility might be for you. However, in pretty much every other instance, in-home pet sitting completely outweighs boarding in its benefits. Why do I say that? Let me explain.
Dogs and cats are bonded to their owners and their environment, they do not adapt to change like we do especially when that change involves being away from you in a completely strange place. They do not have the ability to realize that you will be coming back for them so often times boarding ends up being a very stressful situation for your pet.
In order to take your pet to a boarding facility they need to be up to date on their DHLPP, Rabies, Bordetella, and sometimes other vaccines and veterinary requirements. With in-home pet sitting, these things are not required with the exception of a Rabies vaccination as required by state law unless (unless your veterinarian advises otherwise due to health concerns for your pet). I obviously encourage you to keep your pet up to date on their vaccines but with today’s growing controversies over just how often our pets need these vaccinations, I understand if they don’t get them every year.
Boarding facilities often have a large number of cats and dogs and a small staff. This means that their isn’t enough staff to provide your pet with one on one attention. When you use an in-home pet sitting service, your pet sitter is at your home for 20-45 minutes (sometimes staying overnight) and is able to concentrate solely on your pets
In addition to being away from their environment, often times you are charged extra to send your dog or cat to a boarding facility with their favorite blankies and toys. With in-home pet sitting they are able to stay in the comfort of their own home with their favorite toys, beds and can even sun bathe in their favorite spot by the window.
With in-home pet sitting there is minimal interruption to your pet’s routine. I try to feed them and let them out on the same schedule that they are used to when you’re home. With boarding, your pet is on the schedule of the facility and sometimes are left alone overnight for a long period of time. It is just not feasible for them to accommodate everyone’s needs.
Lastly, in-home pet sitting provides the added benefit of home security as well. Most pet sitters will take out the trash, bring in the mail and rotate lights and blinds to make it appear that someone is home as well as offer to stay in your home overnight. When your pet is at a boarding facility, there is no one checking in on your home while you’re away.