This past weekend was the first time I have ever had a pet sitter stay with my dog. Julie was terrific in all aspects. My dog, Fergus, is an 11 year old Cairn terrier who is 90% blind although he gets around quite well. Fergus bonded quickly with Julie and judging from the pictures she sent to me, he had the time of his life on the various "field trips" he took with her. Julie's ...
Julie far exceeded our expectations and has quickly become more than just a dog-walker to our puppy, Ruby! Julie is incredibly professional, timely, kind, and simply wonderful with Ruby. Ruby is a 3.5 month old lab mix and has A LOT of energy and is beginning to learn to go for walks. Julie does a wonderful job helping us get some of Ruby's excess energy out during the day, and Julie and Ruby have ...
This was my first time having someone other than family/friends walk & care for my dog Riley while I was on vacation and I could not have been more pleased with my experience with Julie. She is truly AMAZING!!! It was so nice to be able to enjoy my vacation knowing he was in good hands and so happy!! (which was obvious in all the photos I received while they were on their walks ...
Improving Lives of Pets & People
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What Julie would like to know about your dog
Let's schedule a meet & greet, and allow me to show you that I am more than just an animal lover: I'm savvy, reliable, and show every pet the same level of care that they get from their own families.
Before the stay, I verify that the dogs'/ cats' care & safety plan instructions are updated with:
-- Current vet information
-- An emergency contact who can make decisions for the dog while the owner is away.
-- Safety Plan to soothe separation anxiety, prevent illnesses and injuries.
-- Other important care information, such as feeding instructions, bathroom routine, behaviors and exercise schedule.
Typical Meet & Greet Questions...
Health and Safety
[ ] Who is the emergency contact in case you can’t be reached? This person should be familiar with the dog/cat/other and be able to make health decisions if you aren’t available.
[ ] Are the care instructions listed on Rover.com up-to-date, including veterinary care instructions? Does owner have a credit card on file with the veterinarian and is sitter authorized to seek care if necessary?
Does your dog/cat/other:
[ ] Have any health issues (e.g., arthritis, allergies, etc.)?
[ ] Take medication? If so, what’s their medication schedule?
[ ] Ever run away or try to get out of the yard? If this has happened before, how did you get them back?
[ ] Have a microchip?
[ ] Have up-to-date vaccinations and preventative flea treatment?
Eat, Sleep, and Play Routines
[ ] What time does your dog/cat/other usually go to bed and wake up?
[ ] Where do they usually sleep?
[ ] What’s your dog’s/cat's/other meal schedule?
[ ] What kind of treats do you give your dog/cat/other, and how much?
[ ] What is your dog’s/cat's/other usual bathroom routine? And how do they let you know when they need to go?
[ ] Is your dog/cat/other used to being left alone? For how long and at what times?
[ ] What is your dog’s/cat's/other usual routine for walks, exercise, and outings?
[ ] Can you provide a harness and fixed-length leash?
[ ] Does your dog/cat/other have any favorite toys or games?
Behavior and Training
[ ] How do you reward your dog/cat/other for correct behavior?
[ ] How do you get your dog/cat/other to come when you call?
[ ] Does your dog/cat/other have any quirks that are normal behavior for them (e.g., funny noises they make) or specific tendencies I should know about?
[ ] Do they have any breed-specific quirks I should know about?
[ ] Does your dog/cat/other have any food aggression or instincts to protect particular toys?
How does your dog/cat/other handle being around:
[ ] Children?
[ ] Cats?
[ ] Dogs?
[ ] Other Pets?
[ ] Does your dog/cat/other have any potentially risky behaviors, like getting into the trash, chewing on shoes or other items, etc.?
[ ] Is your dog/cat/other crate-trained? When does the dog/cat/other go to/get put in the crate and for how long?
[ ] When your dog/cat/other is anxious or experiencing separation anxiety, what helps soothe him?
[ ] Is there anything specifically that causes anxiety for your dog/cat/other?
Services in the Client’s home (House sitting, Drop-ins, Walking)
[ ] What time should the care occur? Is there flexibility?
[ ] What are any necessary supplies and where are they located? Leash, collar, harness, cleaning supplies, food, treats, etc.
[ ] What are procedures for getting into/out of home – doors/codes/keys?
[ ] If staying in client’s home, where should I sleep? What appliances/areas should I use?
[ ] Do you have a security system or cameras in your home that I should be aware of?
[ ] Are there other people that may appear in/around the owner’s home? (Housekeeper, lawn care, relatives, etc.)
[ ] What are the arrival and departure times? Should I arrive before owner leaves and wait until owner arrives back home?