23/05/2009, 10:01 AM
Just wondering if anyone has used Don't Fret Pet as an alternative to putting your dog in a kennel?
We are going away for two weeks and our dog is a real people loving dog so I don't know how she'd go in a kennel. For example, when we take her to the dog park she isn't interested in the other dogs at all - just goes and sucks up to the other owners LOL!
Don't Fret Pet looks like a good alternative - the dog stays in another family's home and you take its bedding and food. It is expensive though - about $39 a day.
Would be interested in any feedback on this company or similar ones if you've used them.
23/05/2009, 01:23 PM
Have you visited your local kennel? You might be a little surprised at the services they offer. Ours has 'add ons' in addition to the daily care, grooming and exercise regimes, which would be right up your dog's alley. I dare say not all kennels offer a full range of services, but that's why we have shopping. And my bill comes in under $30 per day, per dog - and they provide the food, bedding, toys, etc. The family based care sounds expensive, and you'd want some serious reassurance about who is looking after your dog (qualifications, set up, and so on), seeing you are providing the food, and what their schedule of activities are for your dog - thats big bux (closer to $45 when you add in the costs that are normally part of the fee, but that you will be providing) if they don't provide several hours of structured one-on-one attention per day.
I've not come across the service so I don't know any of what they do provide - the above is what I would expect, or ask about; However, at boarding (kennel) my dogs get puppy play time (one dog to one handler) as their add on, plus their normal walk, and they are always so excited to go there (and always happy on return). Even the cat likes it there.
Don't write off a kennel until you've had a bit of an investigate.
23/05/2009, 01:30 PM
We have used Don't Fret Pet in the past. I would have no problem using them again. You and your dog get to go around to the persons place who will be looking after the dog beforehand to check the place and family out (also in our case to check that our dog and their dog got on well). If you are in any way uncomfortable with it you can simply ask Don't Fret Pet to find you a different carer.
You can place conditions on the type of home you want your dog to go into.. ie kids of certain age or no kids, no other pets etc etc.
I was like you and was worried about how our dog would go in a kennel and preferred him to be in a family environment.