We asked sitters with amazing safety records how they do it. These are their best tips.
How to prevent lost pets
A little bit of advanced planning goes a long way
Prevent front door escapes
- Open doors slowly and keep an eye on any pets as you enter or exit.
- Add exercise pens or baby gates around doors with outside access.
- Consider using a side or garage entrance instead, if available.
- Learn more: Tips for finding a lost pet.
Watch: Keep dogs safe by securing your home and yard.
Invest in a tracking device
- Consider getting a tracking device to put on any pets you’re caring for. If they do get lost, it will be much easier to find them
- We recommend the Whistle GO Explore GPS Tracker.
Inspect leashes and harness
- Look for tears, damage, or weak points before heading out on a walk.
- Just in case, bring a backup lease to use instead.
Preventing dog disputes
A positive introduction between dos can help keep the peace.
Introduce dogs on neutral territory
- Try a local park, go on a neighborhood walk, or meet in your own backyard if you don’t own a dog.
- Introduce dogs one at a time and keep them on a leash so you always have some control.
Watch: how to introduce dogs on a leash
Avoid dogs you don’t know
- Cross the street when out on walks.
- if someone asks if their dog can greet yours when out and about, politely decline.
Understand dog body language
- Did you know yawning can indicate stress?
- Brush up on your dog body language knowledge with our illustrated guide.
- Learn more: How to Prevent Dog Bites
How to prevent pet illness
Keeping pets healthy involves thinking like a pet.
Pet-proof your home
- Keep medications, cleaning products, and human food out of reach.
- Use baby gates or exercise pens to keep dogs away from off-limits areas.
- Don’t leave pets unattended with things they may unsafely ingest.
Use cameras to keep an eye on things
If you can, consider getting a camera to monitor pets when you’re not with them.
How to check dog vital signs
Heart rate: A normal heart rate for dogs is 60-140 beats per minute
- Put your hand to the dog’s chest
- Count how many pulses you feel in 15 seconds.
- Multiply by 4.
Respiration rate: Healthy dogs tak between 12-24 breaths per minutes.
- Count the number of times the chest expands in 10 seconds
- Multiple by 6
Learn more: How to Check a Dog’s Vital Signs.