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When to use a Petsitter

Pets with Anxiety

No matter how loving or wonderful a boarding facility may be-- private or commercial-- some dogs just need to stay in their own home environment.


Elderly, sick dogs and dogs with anxiety issues may do better at home with a Pet sitter visiting them several times in a day than in a new, foreign setting. Finding themselves suddenly in an unfamiliar home or facility can be overwhelming for the pet with anxiety disorders.

Most little dogs are thrilled to have the companionship of other little doggies and the love and attention of The Doggie Nanny! However, for a small number of dogs, a change of environment can bring out anxiety, destructive or nervous behaviors that overwhelm the dog and the care provider.

Though it is the exception, we had two dogs over the years that should have stayed home. One was a Scottish terrier that whimpered and cried for two and a half days...all day and through the night. He also pee'd constantly in the house. The second dog just acted crazy, pooped all over the house. These two dogs suffered the entire time they were with us. They shook and cried. I was unable to console them.

For these two dogs, even private home boarding was not the answer. We recommended the families take their dog with them on vacation, have a family member or friend provide care at home-- or have a professional Petsitter visit the house several times a day. These dogs needed to stay in their home environment.

Where do you find a Petsitter? Many Petsitters advertise at local supermarkets or community bulletin boards; many now even have their own websites. Your local Veterinarian or Groomer should also be a good resource for for a Petsitter recommendation.

As many pet lovers know, when you know your little fur baby is happy, your vacation is all the more enjoyable too!

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