I donâ€™t have any pets currently, but I adore pretty much every dog that crosses my path. Chances are that if thereâ€™s a dog within my sight, Iâ€™ve already forgotten who Iâ€™m talking to and am wondering if itâ€™s going to get close enough for me to pet! Since I donâ€™t have a dog of my own, I often watch my friendsâ€™ dogs when theyâ€™re out of town. Itâ€™s nice company for me, gets me moving more regularly with their walks (and runs!), and gives my friends a sense of security that their sidekicks are well cared for when theyâ€™re away.
Since Iâ€™ve been doing this for a few years, Iâ€™ve come up with a list of questions and a checklist of things to make dog-sitting easier on the owner and myself. Click to see my tips!–Rebecca F.
Questions to ask dog owners:
1. Does your dog have all its shots and a veterinarian of record?
2. How does your canine react around other dogs? Children?
3. What is your routine for feeding, walking, and relieving?
4. How long can they walk/run for?
5. If theyâ€™re small dogs, do they have jackets or boots for extended outdoor adventures?
6. Do you allow them at dog parks, and do you have a license? (In Chicago, your dog must be registered to visit dog parks!)
7. Where do they sleep?
8. How do they react to noise?
9. Are they taking any medications or have any allergies?
10. Whatâ€™s normal behavior for them? Do they hide? Shake? Cry? (i.e. My friendâ€™s dog sometimes gets sick when heâ€™s nervous. Thatâ€™s normal for him!)
11. Do they mind being in a car? Where do they sit?
When owners drop off their pet, did they:
__ Provide vet information and let the vet know I have permission to allow treatment
__ Provide an alternate contact in case of emergency
__ Bring enough food and treats for the entire length of visit
__ Provide a leash (or two) and collar with tags
__ Bring some toys the pet enjoys
__ Bring their bed/crate if they seek comfort in it
__ Bring extra bags for visits outside
__ Let me know when theyâ€™re coming back
Do you have any other suggestions on how to make dog-sitting easier?
In this photo: Lyla Jo Whiter and Mickey Pinto