As Americans, we love our dogs. According to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association‘s 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey:
78.2 million dogs are kept as pets in the United States
39% of U.S. households own at least one dog
60% of owners own one dog, 28% of owners own two dogs, and 12% own three or more dogs
On average, owners own almost two dogs (1.60)
The ratio of male-to-female pet pooches is almost even
With so many dogs residing in American households, it’s easy to see how many of them become cherished members of their families.
With this strong of a bond to our dogs, a dilemma often arises when we have a vacation or business trip. Many owners find themselves asking, What is the best thing to do with Mr. Barkles while I’m gone? Who will take care of him and play with him? Won’t he miss me? Guilty feelings often arise. Luckily, there are more options for excellent temporary dog care than ever before. In fact, dog grooming and boarding is a $3.65 billion annual industry in the United States. Many choices are available.