You have found the perfect dog sitter for your dog, met at the last meeting, and confirmed your reservation. What happens next? You bring your dog to the pet sitter’s home, or the pet sitter comes for a home visit. However, before you leave with food, a leash, and a cage for your dog, we recommend that you take a few precautions to ensure that your dog has a great experience with the pet sitter.
Preparation for a Dog Sitter
While your pet may enjoy staying at the sitter’s home when you go out, they may feel a little lost when they see the door closed when you leave. To prevent your dog from developing separation anxiety, here are some tips to consider:
Ensure That the Tag Information Is up to Date
This should be done even if your dog is staying in your own home, but it is even more important when leaving your dog in the sitter’s home. Ensure your dog wears a collar properly and has a name tag and emergency contact information. If your dog is microchipped, give it to the sitter and ensure the information is up to date.
Write Down Any Dietary Instructions
Write down what and how much your dog eats and how many treats he can eat. If he is taking vitamins or medications, tell the sitter when to give them. Even if you’ve told your sitter everything in a previous meeting, giving your sitter written instructions at check-in will ensure that she knows everything your dog needs each day.
Prepare a Bag With Your Dog’s Favorite Things
Just because your dog will be away doesn’t mean you have to give up the things he loves. Pack a bag with a favorite toy, a tasty cookie, a comfy bed or blanket, and other items to make your dog comfortable in the sitter’s home.
Give Your Sitter Emergency Contact Information
Write down the name of a veterinary clinic you trust and the name and phone number of a friend or relative who can be reached in an emergency, so the sitter can contact if you become unreachable.
Pet Sitter Coming At Home
If you choose a house sitter, the pet sitter will come to your home. In this case, your dog does not need to get used to his new surroundings, but he may feel confused by the presence of a stranger in his home, especially after you leave. To avoid getting too lost, spend some time with your sitter and get to know him or her before you begin pet-sitting. Show the sitter around the house, so they know where your dog’s essential things are. A house sitter who knows your home, your pet’s needs, and especially your dog’s, can provide excellent home sitting services for you.
Note to the Sitter
Leave a note of the house rules you have already mentioned for the sitter, such as feeding times, number of walks and yard breaks, and dog behavior indoors (sitting on the couch, sleeping in the bedroom, etc.).
To make it easier to prepare for meals and walks, put your dog’s food, leash, and other belongings in a place where they can be easily accessed. The sitter should be able to find anything your dog needs while you are away easily. Medications, first aid kits, soiled dog towels, and your dog’s mackintosh should be easy to find.
When hiring a pet sitter, remember that communication and preparation are essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for your dog.
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