What is the difference between dog sitting and boarding?

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The difference between dog sitting and dog boarding is about where your dog stays while you’re away.

When you board your dog you take them to the equivalent of a hotel for dogs. Your dog will be cared for by the staff and may interact with other dogs being boarded.

When you hire a dog sitter your dog remains at your home and the sitter visits to feed, walk and play with your dog.

Boarding a dog may be a better option for puppies that need more attention, dogs that are destructive or who have separation anxiety issues. Your dog will usually have more interaction with both humans and other dogs when boarded.

Dog sitting may be a better option for older dogs set in their ways or dogs from multi-pet families. In both instances, your dog may enjoy familiar surroundings and won’t need as much attention.

No matter which route you take, always make sure you’re hiring a reputable service, something Thumbtack makes easy.

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