Whether you are going on vacation, visiting, recovering or simply needing to rest, sometimes a situation arises when you have to entrust your beloved dog to a stranger. How to choose a responsible sitter to avoid unnecessary stress and fear and your dog to enjoy the time spent without you? We will advise you on what to focus on.
PUT IT ON RECOMMENDATION
It doesn't matter if you choose a sitter or a dog hotel, the first stop should be good recommendation . Ask your friends and family and see what the internet has to say. Find reviews on Google or Facebook, not just on the page of the one whose services you are interested in. You can also ask a dog trainer you trust.
CHECK WITH YOUR OWN EARS AND EYES
Do not be afraid to arrange a personal interview and a tour of the place where your dog will stay. The time spent on such research will return to you in the form of peace of mind that you will have during the time of guarding. Ask the person who will take care of your dog about their experience, the way they work with animals, see how they get along with dogs. notice what the environment for your dog looks like , whether it is clean and does not smell, whether it is safe and what other animals move in it, or how these animals will meet. Also ask about the daily routine that your dog will have.
Ask what the established procedure is in the event of an animal's health complications, where the nearest veterinary emergency is, or what experience the sitter has with canine first aid. You should pay attention when the watchman does not want to show you the area where his dogs stay. Last but not least, also agree on whether the other party is willing to accept the situation in which your furry friend finds himself - i.e. if he has a health problem that needs to be taken into account, is reactive, has separation anxiety or is just acting out.
GET TO KNOW THEM
Even before the holidays, get to know your dog and the person who will be looking after him. Go for a walk together , let them play and spend some time near each other so that shyness or fear falls from your partner.
LET YOUR FEEL
On paper, everything may look ideal, the interview also went smoothly, the dates are correct, the price is acceptable, but something is wrong here. If your sixth sense tells you that it won't turn out well, trust it and keep looking. Your dog should enjoy being watched just like you sleepy mornings when you don't have to get up for a walk. He should stick to the person watching over him so that you can really relax and let go of your pet's worries. Therefore, do not be afraid to invest in a longer search.