How to Find an Excellent Dog Sitter

dog playing tug of war with a dog sitter

Making the choice of who to leave your dog with while you are away is difficult. It's not always simple to find a great dog sitter, but it's crucial for your dog's safety and wellbeing while you're away.

Make sure the dog sitter is someone you can trust to take excellent care of both your dog and your home. Although caring for your dog may seem simple, many people who are unmotivated and unprepared for the task end up getting hired as dog sitters.

How to Find a Great Dog Sitter

Nowadays, finding a dog sitter is deceptively simple. In only a few minutes, you may find a match with a sitter by using an app on your phone. You can't always trust the sitters or the little background checks that are done on them, despite the guarantees from such applications, unfortunately.

Finding a dog sitter from your own network is often preferable. You might be able to employ a buddy's dog walker, your coworker's teenager, or a dog-loving cousin's pal. Choose a person who has a great reputation. Another excellent source to discover babysitters is local institutions, particularly if they offer a pre-veterinary program.

Be sure to be up up about any unique medical or physical requirements your dog may have. For instance, if your dog has a lot of energy, consider leaving them with a dog sitter who enjoys hiking or trail running so that both of them will be content.

Questions to Ask a Potential Dog Sitter

It's time to conduct some interviews with your short list of possible dog sitters. Be confident in this. If the dog walker finds this bothersome or rude, that raises suspicion. After all, you are entrusting them with the care of your dearest friend.

  • What experience do you have with dogs?
  • Have you ever watched a dog similar to my dog? (in size, breed, temperament, etc.; It’s okay if it’s not an exact match.)
  • What’s your plan if my or injured while I’m gone?
  • How many times will you walk my dog per day? How long will the walks be?
  • How long will you leave my dog alone every day?
  • Can I see some testimonials or talk to past clients?
  • Will my dog stay at your place or mine? If your dog is staying at their place, ask to see the space. If the sitter will stay at your place, decide on your house rules for them.
  • If my dog does something that annoys you, how will you respond?
  • Will my dog be walked and cared for alone, or with other clients? You might like that your dog gets the social time, or you might prefer to avoid this risk. It's a personal choice.
  • Do you plan on letting my dog off-leash? Most times, the answer to this should be no. It’s just not very smart to expect your dog to listen to someone who he doesn’t know.
  • Do you have insurance? Most part-time sitters, like college students, won’t have this. Decide if that’s OK with you.
  • Will you be driving my dog around? You might prefer not to have your sitter drive, or maybe the extra adventures are a bonus!
  • Do you have reliable transportation if the weather is bad?

How to Set Your Dog Sitter Up for Success

Once you've chosen your dog sitter, it's crucial to make sure you give them the best chance of succeeding. Invite your dog sitter over so they can see where you'll store your keys, instructions, food, and other items. They may interact with your dog while you show them about your home.

Don’t be embarrassed if you end up leaving your dog sitter a binder’s worth of instructions! Most dog sitters will appreciate all the info. Consider including:

  • Your dog’s name, age, breed, and medical history
  • Your vet’s information
  • What tricks and behaviors your dog knows (It’s helpful if your sitter knows both the verbal cue and the hand signal for your dog.)
  • Any behavioral or medical information on your dog, such as your dog's recent surgery or the fact that your dog is shy with strange men. Your dog’s daily schedule in excruciating detail
  • How much do they eat? When? Where?
  • How much do they poop? When? Where?
  • What’s their favorite walking route? How far do they go? Do they like running, hiking, or fetch?
  • How many treats do they get? For what?
  • What equipment are they walked with?
  • Whether or not you’d like your dog interacting with people or other dogs while under the sitter’s care. Even if your dog is friendly, it’s often a good idea to have your sitter be a bit more cautious
  • Where all of your dog’s supplies and food are stored
  • Where your sitter will sleep
  • Whether or not your sitter can/should eat perishable food left in your fridge
  • Whether or not your sitter can have friends or significant others visit
  • TV and WiFi information
  • Basic neighborhood amenities, like a nearby pet store or snack shop
  • Where to park
  • Anything to watch out for or know about in the neighborhood
  • Who your sitter can call if they get locked out or has any other emergencies with your dog

Naturally, the most of this will be discussed orally when you meet your sitter. However straightforward you may find the directions to be, for them that's definitely a lot of information. Make sure you have all the data ready that they will require, and communication is crucial above all.

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