It’s earlier than you might think!
The busy holiday season sees a huge surge in demand for pet care, from dog boarding to pet sitting, drop-in visits, and dog walking. At the same time, it’s often a harder time to call in favors from friends and family.
Luckily, Rover.com, the nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, makes it easy to find a loving sitter near you. So when’s the best time to book? We’ve crunched the numbers to help guide you in your search for holiday pet care.
Prime booking window for holiday pet care
Generally speaking, the prime booking window for pet sitting or dog boarding is 4 – 6 weeks out from your travel date. Starting early gives you the best chance of finding a sitter who’s available on your selected dates. It also gives you time to meet the sitter and make sure he or she is a good fit for you and your dog.
In fact, some of the most popular sitters on Rover get requests several months before the holidays!
For holiday dates:
- 10% first booked by July 28th
- 25% first booked by September 2nd
- 50% first booked by October 3rd
- 75% first booked by October 24th
For Christmas and Hanukkah, book before November 21st
End-of-year holidays represent the busiest time of year for sitters and dog walkers on Rover. Book early to make sure you’re a step ahead of the rest.
The bottom line
Book early to lock in your preferred sitter, and you can hit the road happy. But don’t worry—Rover has so many sitters in their network, you should be able to find someone even if you wait.
Plus, you can always call Rover’s Match team to get help in your search.