Friends and Family – This is the easiest, but not always possible, especially if you usually travel with your friends and family. On day trips Joey has the pleasure of being walked by my parents, sister or brother.
Dog walker – When friends and family are not available, a dog walker is a great option. You can get someone to come to your home to take your dog on a walk any number of times. This is great for your dog as they get the comfort of staying in their own home.
Dog sitting – There are companies and people that will look after your dog in their homes. Joey has stayed at two different homes. I had to take Joey to meet the dog sitter so they could interact with each other and then both the dog sitter and I could see if it was a good match. Also, it allowed for both of us to ask questions and share information about Joey’s personality. Both of these were good experiences for Joey.
Vet kennels – Staying at your vet’s if they do boarding is a good option, especially if your dog needs medications or any special attention. The downside is your dog would be in a kennel most of the time.
Dog boarding – There are doggy daycares and farms that you can take your dog to. Joey experienced this out in the country where he got to play in a dog playground with about 8-15 other dogs and there were couches, dog beds and stables they had access to. It is an excellent place for a very social dog. Be aware: Afterwards your dog will probably sleep for two or three days as they do not get much sleep; they are far too busy playing with their new friends.
There are definitely pros, cons and costs for each of these options. The main thing is knowing what works best for your dog and not being afraid to try different options until you find what works best.
What do you do with your dog when you travel?