For starters it doesn’t just come down to one option being superior to the other. They are both simply circumstantial to both yours and your dog’s preferences. So here’s how I’m going to break it down for you, I’ll list the pros and cons of each option and let you be the judge knowing how your dog works and what their needs are.
Doggy Day Care
(Because I always like to end on a happy note, I’ll start with the cons.)
- It’s not so good for dogs that are fearful or aggressive towards other dogs.
- Your dog must have all their shots updated and has to be spayed or neutered. (Although your dog should probably have all that stuff done anyway… Just sayin’.)
- Less one on one human interaction in compared to an in home petsitter where the only dog they have to watch is yours.
- Sometimes (but very rarely) dogs will get to intense while they’re playing and can sometimes get hurt.
- Since they’re around so many dogs, if one gets sick there’s a good chance a lot of them will .
Personally I feel like viewing those last two bullets as deal breakers is the equivalent of home schooling your kid because you’re afraid they’ll get sick or a kid will be mean to them. Shit happens, it builds character and makes them tougher.
Just a little tip, do some research on your different day care options and find out how much time they spend running around and how often they are in kennels.
- Dog to dog socialization (and dog to people socialization for that matter) is SO important, especially when they’re puppies.
- They burn off SO much energy. Arguably more than with a dog walker as they legit just spend the full day playing with heir fellow dog friends.
- They don’t build their dog to dog socialization.
- Although they do burn off some energy form the walk, I don’t know that I feel they burn quiet as much energy as a day care.
- You’ll have a stranger in your house. Although if you’re using an actual sitter and not just a random kid who needs the cash you should be fine. Petsitters are just about always respectful of your homes.
- Lots of one on one attention for your furry friend which is great if your dog is prone to separation anxiety or if they’re just simply an attention whore.
- Ideal if your dog has beef with other dogs.
- You don’t need to get up earlier so you can to drop your dog off before work. Extra sleep is always a win.
To me, what it all comes down to is your dog’s ability to get along with other dogs, and you and your dog’s needs; and only you can work that out.