Whether you have to leave your dog during the day for work, going out for an evening or going on holiday, the last thing you want is to spoil your fun by worrying about your four-legged friend being by themselves.
You must find the right person(s) to take care of your baby when you’re away. Here are some important tips to finding a dog walker, a doggie daycare centre or a pet sitter while you’re away:
1. Hire a professional. Someone who is proficient at handling dogs and has had some experience, especially with your breed of dog, can provide much better care than a person or place that keeps them in a cage and checks on them periodically.
A professional knows that keeping a routine is important, both for exercise and feeding. He or she will spend quality time with your dog and provide an environment that is pet friendly.
2. Visit the premises. Before you make a reservation or leave your dog with someone, visit the place where your dog will be taken care of. Is it clean? Note that water is always available for the animals and that there are toys around.
Also, ask how the dogs are exercised. Some places keep small and large dogs separated and have outdoor and indoor play areas just for them. Unless you bring your own bed, the caregiver should provide beds and blankets for the dogs.
3. Can the pet caregiver adhere to your dog’s diet routine? Be sure to ask about feeding times. Can you specify times that your dog should be fed – and does the sitter have a problem with giving medications to the dog?
It’s best if you specifically write out the restrictions and needs that your dog has regarding diet. It will also lessen the risk of your dog having digestive problems when you return.
4. Grooming. Many dogs have more of a tendency to tangle than others. Be sure to ask about how your dog’s grooming needs will be taken care of. You may be required to pay an extra fee.
Be sure to carry your dog’s own comb and brush and special shampoo if one is needed.
5. Extra services. If a dog sitter/walker is coming to your home during the time you’re away, ask about extra services he might do such as watering your garden, bringing in the mail and/or newspapers.
Always pay attention to a dog caregiver’s experience and qualifications. Also, find out if the person has a job that he must go to and if that might interfere with times he can care for your pet.
Most people who walk or take care of dogs love them and are likely to provide the best of care for your baby while you’re away. Just be sure you leave phone numbers (especially your veterinarian) of people who could help out in an emergency. When you find someone you really like, it helps you relax when you have no choice but to spend time away from your dog.