Time spent with a sweet, cuddly lab puppy is certainly hard to beat. His or her diminutive size, distinctive soft coat, and endearingly puppy missteps could warm the heart of even the least dog inclined curmudgeon (woof!) However, puppies, like all other creatures, soon grow from teetering toddlers into more established adults; what does it mean for a pup’s human companion when he or she grows out of this endearing life stage? More specifically to the Rover family, especially our hobbyist dog sitters, what is the value of choosing to care for a more senior dog versus a young puppy?
There are a number of tangible benefits to dog sitting a more senior dog. Firstly, and perhaps most obviously, older dogs are generally housetrained. For a home that has not been recently puppy-proofed, this can be really valuable for your carpets, rugs and expensive shoes. Secondly, puppies, like human babies, need to be fed and taken out at very regular intervals. Value your sleep? A more senior dog might be the right fit for you. Finally, a puppy requires a lot of attention and exercise. If you have a busy weekend with a packed schedule, it may be difficult to have a new accessory – your puppy! – attached to you at all times. Rain or shine, your puppy companion is going to need to run around a few times a day, everyday.
Ultimately, regardless of the age of the pup you choose, or the pup who chooses you (!),he or she will, undoubtedly, bring joy, love and an extra degree of sparkle into your home. We are excited for everyone who is dog sitting this weekend, especially for our Seattle dog sitters: we hope that you all have fun in the ninety-degree weather and enjoy your furry friend for as long as he or she is staying in your home!