Your four-legged guest—Bella or Buddy—has arrived with his or her pet parent. If you have pets in your own home, meet your guests outside with your own pets in tow. Have a list ready of everything you want to go over because distractions can happen.
You should ask the pet parent in advance to bring food, the dog’s bed, a towel or blanket (with the family’s scent on it), one or two toys and any medication or supplements. If you don’t have extra bowls at home, ask the pet parent to bring those as well. Double check your guest pet has all those items before the parent leaves.
Review the pet’s daily routine with the pet parent, including usual meal times and amounts of food. Check with the owner about any known reactions or sensitivity to foods, including treats. If you haven’t already discussed behavioral and health issues in the initial meeting, cover those now—and how the pet parent manages them. Does the dog have any separation anxiety? How long does the owner normally leave the pup alone? Has the dog ever scuffled with other dogs? Are there triggers? Is the dog fearful of certain people or environmental factors? Get emergency contact information for the pet parent, including vet information.
I.D. the dog
Make sure the dog has legible I.D. tags, securely fastened to her collar. You might even want to order some extra tags with your own phone number on it. The dog can wear that tag while she’s staying with you, in addition to her own tag. You can also order disposable event wristbands. Then write the contact info on the band and attach it to the dog’s collar. Lastly, keep the collar on the dog at all times.
More in: A Field Guide to Pet Sitting
So you’re interested in pet sitting? Or maybe you want to be an even better sitter. Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled the collective knowledge of our Rover sitters and staffers to create this helpful guide. From great introductions to bad behavior, this guide is packed with answers to some common questions—and few you probably wouldn’t have even thought to ask.
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