How to Enjoy the Holidays and Ensure Your Dog Is Taken Care Of

"For a lot of people, having a pet such as a dog means no more family holidays, unless the family dog can come along. Unfortunately, many places especially camping grounds and hotels do not allow pets. Sneaking your pet into a hotel, which may seem fun at the time, can end up costing a lot in hotel cleaning bills. 

 Dog boarding kennels traditionally provide accommodation when their owners have to go away. Kennels usually provide your pet with a small space of their own and may provide daily exercise in a shaded area with full supervision. Boarding kennels may provide separate runs and yards for small dogs as well as an indoor and outdoor facility for your pup to enjoy. 

 There are boarding kennels that describe themselves as a pet holiday. They will go beyond the standard services providing pets with their favorite meals and treats, pre-recorded messages from their owners, complimentary hydro-baths and even a television so your dog can watch their favorite TV shows while you are away. 

 If you are worried about your dog, there are boarding kennels that offer extra security. They may assure you that your dog will be walked on a secure lead and by a trained dog handler. Extra security tags attached to their standard collar help to identify the boarding kennel. Five star boarding kennels may offer live feed webcam views of your pup that you can view at any time from any location over the internet. 

 Boarding kennels will differ in price depending on the services they provide. You may be asked to provide the same food that your dog eats at home for the duration of your dog's stay, lessening the chance of upset tummies adjusting to a new diet. You could also be asked to provide your pet's bedding, leash, bowls, toys and a photo of the family. Most kennel owners will request certification of up-to-date injections, registration and ownership. 

 Boarding kennels can be a fun and exciting time for your dog while you are away. Especially if yours has employees that are experienced and trained dog handlers who are as passionate about dogs as you are. 

 Another alternative to leaving your dog at a boarding kennel is to have a personal dog caretaker come visit your dog each day in your own family environment. This is an ideal service if you need a person to look after multiple pets; dogs or otherwise. 

 Leaving your pet in their own environment while you are away reduces their stress and a friendly caretaker will give your pet plenty of attention and exercise. They will take them on walks that they are familiar taking with you and play games, just as they would if you were at home with them. 

 Home pet carers will look after all the basic things, such as feeding your dog, making sure it has plenty of fresh water and of course, lots of playtime. Some home care services will even go beyond making your dog happy and will bring in your mail, put out your garbage, collect your newspapers, and water your plants. 

 If using boarding kennels and home pet caretakers make certain your caretakers are experienced pet lovers. Some services provide full background checks on caretakers, will introduce you and your dog to the handler before you go on vacation and if you use the service multiple times, will provide you with same handler each time, so your dog feels happy and at home."

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