Pet Sitting: A Great Alternative to Boarding your Pets for Summer Vacation

As summer vacation planning begins, many pet owners find it challenging to secure reliable and affordable care for their pets. Boarding kennels may be an option for healthy, adult dogs who are well-socialized. For young puppies, senior dogs and most dogs prone to anxiety or easily affected by environmental stressors, kennel boarding may be out. That’s where we come in…literally.

Peak City Puppy – Professional Pet Care offers pet sitting and dog walking services so you can head out of town for a day or the entire week with peace of mind that your pet is safe and comfortable in her own home. But what exactly is professional pet sitting and how does it work? If you’ve ever asked a neighbor or family member to ‘check-in’ on the dog….we promise, that’s not it.

As with most home services, there is a wide range of options in pet sitting and you will want to do some homework before selecting a provider:

TRUST: Seek out small teams or individuals with a long list of Happy Clients and testimonials. Look for BBB accreditation and positive reviews from reliable independent consumer sites like Angie’s List. An initial “Meet & Greet” should be complimentary and ideally occur well before you need service to begin.

AVAILABILITY: A pet sitter / pet sitting service may be great with your pets, but if he is unavailable when you need him most (i.e. summer vacation); what good is that to you? Choose a smaller team that has adequate staffing for busy months and back-up measures in place should an emergency arise where you need to extend a trip or cancel last-minute.

TRAINING: Professional pet sitters should have experience with hundreds of pets, including their own. Accident and emergencies can be avoided by ensuring your pet sitter has been well-trained in dog handling and proper dog walking skills. If you have a mischievous puppy, an older dog or one with health issues; ensure the pet sitter / company is certified in pet First Aid & CPR. All team members at Peak City Puppy go through an extensive new-hire training class including how to handle unexpected situations to keep your pet(s) and home safe while you’re away.

COMMUNICATION: Perhaps the greatest benefit of a pet sitter is the opportunity to receive daily text, email or picture updates of your pet while you’re away. A professional service should maintain communication with you at every step: from emailing you a reminder before you leave, to writing out a final pet report detailing your pet’s health, behavior, feeding and activity during the visits. Our company even staffs a Manager on Duty 7 days a week for all emergencies to be handled the same-day.

Summer vacation and travel should be a carefree, relaxing time to enjoy with your family. If taking your dog or cat along with you is not an option, contact the team at Peak City Puppy to discuss the many benefits of securing reliable in-home pet care for one of the most important members of your family.

Lesley Lovelace co-founded Peak City Puppy in 2008. The team has provided service to over 500 families in Apex, Cary, Holly Springs and Morrisville.

She or a member of the Team may be reached by calling 919-367-7387 (FOR-PETS) or at