Rachel did a fantastic job of taking care of my dog. She is a natural with animals. I got regular updates to let me know how everything was going.
She was great and easy to work with!
Rachel was amazing! Instead of looking after my dogs, she looked after my ferrets (mini version of dogs). She sent pictures and kept me updated every time she dropped by. My ferrets were happy and healthy when I came back home. Thanks again Rachel!
Experienced Pet Care Professional
I understand how stressful leaving town can be. If you know you have someone you can trust to take care of your pets, a little of that stress can be lifted. I would love the chance to be your go-to pet-sitter! As a person who has high expectations for dog sitters of my own, I strive to give care to your dogs in a way I want my own cared for. I promise I will ...
What Rachel would like to know about your dog
--General Information for all services:
1) I would like to know the dog's age, breed, gender and some of their medical history, such as if they are up to date on shots and if they are altered or intact.
2) I would like to know who your preferred vet is, who you would like me to use in case of an emergency and any medical history you may have on your dog. I want to know about meds and dosage, especially if your dog takes meds that are not typically prescribed to dogs.
3) At what point would you like me to call you if I think your dog is sick? Would you like me to run first aid treatment by you before administering it?
4) I would like to discuss first aid and if there are any practices you are uncomfortable with.
5) I would like to know about their personality, if they are potentially reactive, ever have shown aggression and in what circumstances, if they are destructive or anxious, if they can get possessive of resources or territorial. Is your dog going to be immediately comfortable with me coming into the home while you aren't there. I am always willing to schedule a few trial run visits before you leave for a longer trip.
6) Does your dog tend to get destructive when left alone? I want to know if the dog is known to chew things up. How is this prevented? Where does the dog go if I have to step out for awhile?
7) Is your dog a door dasher?
--For House-sitting for Drop-In Visits
1) In your home, I would like to know where you keep cleaning supplies in case of accidents. I especially like to know where you keep rags if I had to clean something up. I do keep a carpet cleaner with me all the time. However, I would also appreciate knowing if you have a carpet shampooer that you would like me to run if needed.
2) I would like to know if your dog has any types of foods off limits, either due to allergies or intolerances.
3) I also would like to know if your dog has any types of toys or chews that are off limits. Can your dog have stuffed animals or tennis balls? How about types of bones? Let me know, because I want to keep all the dogs safe.
4) I would like to know where the dog normally sleeps, if he/she can sleep through the night, if they are normally quiet or vocal in the house and how well they are housebroken.
5) I would like to know how long the dog can wait between potty breaks, what their normal leash behavior looks like, how they normally eat and drink and what normal energy level is to watch out for signs of illness or depression.
6) What does your dog really enjoy? Does your dog like belly rubs? What does the dog hate? I want to interact with and love the dog in the way that makes them feel most comfortable. Is there any kind of human behavior that makes the dog feel uncomfortable or anxious?
1) How do you typically walk your dog? What kind of equipment do you use? I want to walk your dog in the same way you would walk with them.
2) I would like to know if the dogs get along with other dogs and animals, how they get along with people and how they handle stimuli while outside.
3) What are your expectations for leash behavior? Do you mind if your dogs pulls or do you want me to try to get them to walk on a loose leash?
4) Does your dog have a favorite route or place to walk, especially in your neighborhood?
5) Does your dog have any quirks I know about while walking?
6) Are there any places you would like us to avoid while walking (houses with aggressive dogs, busy streets, etc)?
Please be honest with me! I have experience with reactive, shy and fearful dogs. I know not every dog is a happy go lucky, life is good dog. I know some dogs are much more territorial or uncomforable with strangers in the home. If I know what to expect, I can be much more prepared to meet the dog and work them with!