The vast majority of dogs adapt well and enjoy their stay at the kennel. For some dogs – puppies which have not had their immunizations, extremely old dogs with chronic illnesses, very aggressive dogs, dogs that require medication more than twice a day – you might consider boarding with your veterinarian, asking your pet care provider if they offer in-home care, or using a pet sitter. Keep in mind, however, that pet sitting in your home, even when it is performed by a trained professional, does not offer the same level of supervision that boarding does. Furthermore, when you are not at home with your dog, his or her behavior might differ significantly from their normal behavior. For instance, your dog might try to “escape” to find you, become destructive to your home, or become aggressive toward the pet sitter.
You should definitely consider boarding your dog rather than taking him or her on vacation with you. Many motels will not accept dogs, and those that do charge extra and become very upset if your dog annoys their other guests. Pets can become ill as a result of traveling because of the frequent changes in water. Many dogs suffer heat prostration while locked in the car when owners to sightseeing, eating or shopping. The national parks have an abundance of lost dogs that somehow got away from their owners and couldn’t be found before the family had to leave for home. Another serious risk is exposure to various parasites and diseases such as heartworm, ticks, hookworms, fleas, and mange.