I know that you hate to leave your furry friend behind, but sometimes it’s just unavoidable. Maybe you are traveling to an exotic destination and can’t wait for the quarantine time required in many foreign countries. Or maybe you are on a business trip and your company isn’t putting you up in a pet-friendly hotel.

Whatever the reason, we are all facing the same problem.

What is the best way to ensure that our pets are cared for while we are away?

While there is no one right answer, there are 4 specific options that you have to choose from.

So read through the list and decide which option is best for you.

1. Pet Sitter

The most obvious option is to have a reliable and highly recommended pet sitter come to your home to care for your dog.

This is a great option if you have a more laid back pup who is comfortable being alone in their own environment.

If you can trust them not to destroy the furniture, use your carpet as their personal restroom, or go crazy when the sitter comes around, then this is the option to go with.

However, you need to be certain that your animal is both docile and well behaved enough to make this arrangement work.

2. In Home Boarding

If you can’t stomach the thought of boarding up your pet while you are gone, then an alternative that you might want to try is in home boarding.

This basically combines the principle of a kennel with the personal touch of a pet sitter. Before you leave, you drop off your furry companion at the home and they will care for your dog while you are away and keep them safe in the comfort of a real home.

If you can find a trusted In-Home Boarder in your area this is a phenomenal option as they tend to be people who love animals and will take good care of your canine friend in your absence.

3. Family and Friends

If at all feasible, this is our preferred option. No one will take care of your family like, well… Your family.

If you have friends or family members who have a notorious level of affection for your dog, then always reach out to them and ask if they would be willing to help out while you are gone. More often than not they will agree, and they will rarely ask you for any sort of financial compensation, making it a win-win for everybody.

4. A Traditional Kennel

I know that this might not be ideal, but sometimes it is your only option. If you are willing to look around and read reviews online, you will surely be able to find a highly reputable kennel in your area that will take good care of your dog while you are away. Just be sure to double check the kennel’s reviews and get some objective opinions on their services.