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Forget The Kennel, Use Rover For Your Dogs When You Go On Vacation

02/27/2015 07:00 am ET | Updated Mar 01, 2015
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Going on vacation is one of the most exciting things to look forward to, but if you're leaving a pet at home, it can turn into a stressful experience. Luckily, you won't have to worry about man's best friend at the kennel anymore, because Rover has you covered.

Rover (much like DogVacay) is the latest service to offer at-home dog boarding. It's a happy alternative to boarding your dog at kennel or burdening neighbors, friends and family with petsitting responsibilities.

The way Rover works is sort of like Airbnb. Dog owners browse the "search" section of the site or app for potential pet sitters, which can be organized by zip code and available dates. In-depth profiles of pet sitters are provided, complete with multiple reviews, availability, specific services and rates. Currently, Rover has over 25,000 approved sitters in more than 5,000 U.S. cities.

After deciding on someone that fits your doggie criteria, just direct message a pet sitter on their profile to schedule a meet and greet, decide if they'll watch Fido at your house or theirs and pay them.

Then, like Rover says, all that's left to do is relax! Rover pet sitters are encouraged to send text and picture updates throughout the day, and if there's a medical emergency, the site guarantees 24/7 access to a vet. Don't worry about a sitter canceling -- you're also guaranteed a replacement if someone falls through.

Happy doggie, happy travels -- that sounds good to us. To learn more about Rover, click here.

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