You love your canine clients, but what do you do to make them feel special? We asked a few sitters what they do to make their stays as successful as possible, and how they make a great impression on each dog in their care.
Brooke B. listens to what animals are communicating. It’s simple, yet profound. She explains it this way. “Dogs — and other house pets — are all about vibes, and it’s important to listen to them when taking care of a new pet. They may not be able to speak, but dogs are very good at telling us how they feel with their body language. Pay attention to tail wags, barks, spins, and all other sorts of cues to provide your client with exactly what he or she needs.”
Neachelle N. has a solution for stressed dogs. “When I have a new dog arriving and notice some anxiety we go on a long walk right away. Let them discover the neighborhood and burn some energy. Upon getting back to my home the dog is calmer, tired, and we helped avoid any nervous accidents by having a potty break.”
Karen T. loves keeping her clients stimulated. “I keep a large laundry basket full of all size dog toys. The dogs have a ball rummaging through it and picking out the ones that interest them.”
Sara B. thinks it’s important to ask questions. “Make sure you ask about the dog’s quirks. Are they good with other dogs? Will they bolt out the front door if left open? Are they food or squirrel motivated?”
Christine G. puts the dogs first. “Be mindful that the dog may be fearful if this is his first stay. Be compassionate, affectionate, attentive. Always have fun toys/activities to distract the dog. Also, owner-approved treats are always a must!!”
Stacy S. embraces the uniqueness of each pet. “Really get to know each and every animal in your care. Each dog or cat I have met has their own distinct personalities and I always try to get to know them so I can share their stories with their owners. They truly seem to enjoy that I take the time to treat them individually and appreciate each animal in my care as if they were my own pet. If you are genuine and show your love for these animals, it will always be appreciated and you get so much in return!”
What do you do to ensure your canine clients have a great stay?