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Pros and Cons of Pine Hills Dog Sitter Vs. Doggie Daycare

If you’re a pet owner who has to be gone for work during the day or travels frequently, it is important to find a caretaker for your dog who will meet their needs. If you are researching a Pine Hills dog sitter or considering doggie daycare, it is important to know the pros and cons of each. In this blog, we will share some points to consider as you make your decision.  

Pros Of Doggie Daycare

Doggie Daycare Offers More Socialization 

If your dog has high energy levels or enjoys running around with other furry friends, doggie daycare at Rocky’s Retreat is a perfect resource. Leaving your pet at home for extended periods of time during the day can result in decreased mental and physical health for your dog, which is something any responsible pet owner would be sad to see. Spending time interacting with other dogs can help to combat any feelings of boredom and stress your dog may experience, and is a great way for them to improve their socialization skills. We have organized playgroups for each dog that are suited to their energy levels and social needs. 

Doggie Daycare Provides Well-Balanced Nutrition

We have regular meal-times and treats so that your dog can receive the nutrition that is adequate for its needs. If your dog is at home during the day, they may tend to over or under-eat. Some dogs only eat when they have people at home with them, so your dog’s health may decline more quickly if their nutritional needs are not met throughout the day. 

Doggie Daycare Will Give Your Pup More Exercise

Even though a pet sitter would be able to walk your dog, the space provided at Rocky’s Retreat allows for more freedom to run, jump, and play. Exercise will help your dog beat boredom and could alleviate anxiety and depression in your pet. We think those are some pretty amazing possibilities.

We Have A Pool At Our Doggie Daycare!

Your dog can enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool at our Pine Hills doggie daycare. You can sign your dog up for a swim session that is monitored by a trained staff member at all times. Water offers some awesome health benefits to your dog and is a great way for them to have fun and exercise. 

Cons Of Doggie Daycare

Unfamiliar Environments Can Be More Stressful

Your dog may not enjoy being in a new environment. Some dogs are more timid than others, or have health challenges that prevent them from benefiting from doggie daycare. At Rocky’s Retreat, we do all we can to meet the needs of your dog’s unique temperament or physical needs. We limit the attendance of our daycare to 12 doggies per session, which helps keep our more anxious friends at ease and having fun.

If your dog is dealing with physical difficulties due to aging, doggie daycare can potentially be a more stressful environment for your dog, but our staff is also ready to meet these needs with lots of love and personalized care. 

The Hours May Conflict With Your Schedule

Even though we try to make sure our drop-off and pickup times for doggie daycare fall within an accessible timeframe for most, the hours for some pet-owners’ jobs may not coincide with our drop-off or pickup times. 

Pros Of Choosing A Dog Sitter

Dog-Sitting Schedules Can Be More Flexible

If you hire someone to come to your home to care for your dog, there are fewer possibilities for scheduling conflicts. You have no requirement to be home when the sitter arrives or leaves, so you do not have to factor this into the care your dog receives. 

Phone Communication With A Pine Hills Dog Sitter Vs. Doggie DaycarePine Hills Dog Sitter

When weighing the benefits of a dog sitter in comparison to a doggie daycare, you may feel that it will be more convenient to reach them through the phone or text message, which can be helpful if you have any concerns or simply want to check in. This is never something you will have to worry about while your dog is at Rocky’s Retreat. We are always available by phone and provide daily text and photo updates. This keeps you in the loop at all times and allows you to see how much fun your pup is having!

Cons Of Choosing A Dog Sitter

Pet Sitters Require Trusting Someone New

Hiring a pet sitter means you will have someone new in your home. Having a personal relationship with a pet sitter can be a great advantage over time, but initially you are taking the risk of inviting someone you don’t know into your home. They are responsible for the safety of your dog while they are in your home and must be accountable for locking your door when they leave. This means you may have to do more work by checking references or reviews for the pet sitter before hiring them. 

Pet Sitters Can Be More Expensive

Though pet sitting is a fun and rewarding job, it also comes with a lot of responsibility! Pet sitters are solely responsible for the safety and care of your pet while they are in your home, so they may charge a little or a lot more than a doggie daycare. This is not always the case, but if you have hired a reliable caretaker, it often is. 

Contact Rocky’s Retreat Today When You Need A Pine Hills Dog Sitter!

We hope that these points have helped to inform you while you decide between Pine Hills pet sitting or doggie daycare at Rocky’s Retreat. If you ask them, Rocky’s Retreat is the place dogs want to be! 

Contact us to schedule your appointment today!