Dog Vacay is a new website designed to help connect dog owners and dog sitters in their local area.
At first glance I think the idea! This website can do to dog sitting industry what E-bay did for market shopping – take it from a cottage industry and into a mega-business world.
However, to all those considering using this website, especially dog owners – I urge you to consider the potential risks:
The website claims to check and interview the potential dog sitters, which is great. But what exactly does an interview tell you about the person? How do you know that the interviewee has the necessary animal skills, personality, etc. to look after your dog? Where will they take your dog if your dog is sick? So many other potential scenarios come to mind here.
Now let’s compare a ‘dog-sitter’ to a kennel. A kennel is a registered business with insurance and a reputation to lose. Of course there are bad apples in every bunch but if you have a problem with a kennel, at least there are avenues for recourse.
What about a ‘dog-sitter’? What will you do if your dog has been mistreated/neglected?
The message is – do you home work and when looking for a bargain know what you are paying (or not paying) for.