Semantics

September 18, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Boarding, Pets 

The definition of a pet sitter, according to various dictionaries, is “caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home”.

The definition of boarding is care for a pet at an establishment which provides accommodation, feeding and general care for dogs and cats on a short term, or longer, basis. In-home boarding is by a pet care provider who provides care in their own home.

So, based on the definitions, a pet sitter will provide care in the pet’s home and not in the pet sitter’s home. In that case it is boarding.

Pets Stay Home Training & Care is a premium pet care and dog training service in Parksville, BC. http://www.petsstayhome.ca

To Board or Not to Board

December 17, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Boarding 

This is one question that many clients will ask when it comes to care for their dogs. I had previously posted on this topic, and have a few more thoughts on the subject.

Each situation needs to be assessed independently. There are some cases where home care is the best choice; other cases where boarding may be the better option.

Consider the following two cases: Read more

Private Boarding - Due Diligence

August 9, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Seems every day there are new offers for private in-home boarding for dogs. Some are worrisome. Here are a few things to do to check that you are placing your pet in a safe environment.

  • Is private boarding being offered by a registered pet service? See other posts in this blog on determining business legitimacy.
  • Will you be given an address so you can drive by? And can you drop off your dog yourself?

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Should I board my dog?

June 6, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Boarding 

Dogs are social creatures and do best with people and other pets around. So what about when the family goes on vacation and care needs to be arranged for them?

As each situation is different a number of factors should be considered prior to deciding, such as number of dogs in the home, other pets, care requirements, safety, comfort, and of course, your peace of mind too - you don’t want to worry Read more

Should I board or leave my cat at home?

April 15, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Cecil checking things out and making sure he has had his "me-time" for the day.

Cecil checking things out and making sure he has had his "me-time" for the day.

It depends. Most cats do very well at home. In fact, they will likely do better in their own home than being moved to unfamiliar surroundings. They are territorial and home is their own territory.

I recently came across two separate situations where the cats were moved to other homes for home boarding. Both cats became so stressed they went into hiding. That’s not exactly what had been planned by the well meaning pet parents. Once the cats were returned home, within a few days they were fine. Read more