Hire a Professional Dog Walker
If you want to leave your pup in your home while you're on vacation, you could hire a professional dog walker to stop in and take Fido for a walk. These experienced canine professionals have the training to guarantee that your pet will get the TLC it needs while you're away. Many dog walkers are insured and bonded. In fact, the International Association of Canine Professionals requires that all dog walkers are insured.
The only downside is the price. Depending on your location and their experience, professional dog walkers could charge anywhere from $15 to $40 per visit. This could easily add up to more than it would cost you to board your pet. But the peace of mind of having your dog taken care of by a professional while staying in the comfort of your own home might be worth it.