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The Benefits of House Sitting vs. Boarding

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The Benefits of In-home Pet Sitting

Raise your hand if you’re ready for a vacation ✋

Same. But after a year at home with our pets, the thought of leaving them is overwhelming. That’s why now, more than ever, we’re glad to have an in-home pet sitter.

With three dogs at home, we’ve always preferred in-home sitting as opposed to boarding. Not only does it feel safer for our senior dogs, it’s much easier on our youngest ball of nerves, Rita.

rita the dog sleeping on her back on the couch with yellow blanket keeping her warm

If you’re considering a trip away from your pup this summer, consider these benefits to in-home pet sitting:


Dogs are more comfortable at home. This pandemic has affected pets, too. They’ve grown accustomed to spending more time at home with their parents, just as we’ve grown accustomed to spending more time at home with them. Because of this, many pups have begun exhibiting signs of separation anxiety when their parents go back to work. Keeping them in their own safe place, especially when you’re gone for a long period of time, can do wonders to curb their anxiety.

lulu smushed face
lucy relaxed on couch

It’s more convenient. The last thing you want to do after a long trip home is coordinate a boarding facility pick-up. With in-home pet-sitting, all you have to do is let us know when you’ll be back, and we’ll plan our departure accordingly, making sure your dog is walked, fed (if need be) and ready for your return. You also don’t have to pack up all their stuff and lug it to and from the facility.

We’re plant sitters, too! Our sitters will take care of any household needs, like watering all those houseplants you splurged on during lockdown. We’ll also collect mail and keep an eye on the house, so you can feel better knowing someone is there holding down the fort.

You’ll get lots of updates. We know separation anxiety goes both ways, so we’ll send you lots of pictures and updates from home. Plus, our management monitors all messages sent to your sitter through the Time to Pet app, meaning you’ve got extra eyes in case of an emergency or time-sensitive question. 


Your dog will spend less time in a kennel. With a sitter, your dog gets to stay, sleep and eat in his/her own home, as opposed to in a kennel. And because we spend most of our free time hanging out with your pup, you don’t have to worry about them being cooped up in a crate all day. 

Your dog gets more human interaction and personalized care. At a boarding facility, your dog is one of many. When you hire an in-home sitter, your pup gets one-on-one TLC for your entire trip. We make sure your pup is fed during their normal feeding schedule, and we make sure they get plenty of walks and playtime while we’re living in your home. There may be times when your sitter needs to leave to do other walks, run errands, etc., but we will never leave your pup for more than 5 hours at a time and no more than 8 hours in a day. 

Questions about in-home pet-sitting with Urban Tailz? Check out our Housesitting Service page, or shoot us an email at