If your holiday travels aren't going to include your dog this year, you'll want to hire a pet sitter. Pet sitters provide your dog with loving care, right in the comfort of your own home. One of the benefits of hiring a pet sitter is that you won't have to leave your dog at the kennel. This is important, especially if your dog hasn't been vaccinated against kennel cough yet. There are some things you should do before you leave though. Here are three simple steps you'll need to take to ensure that your pet has a pleasant time with the pet sitter.
Choose the Right One
When it comes to pet sitters, it's important to choose the right one. You need to make sure that there's a good bond between the sitter and your dog. The last thing you want is to go away and find out that your dog didn't get along with the sitter. Invite prospective sitters into your home to see how they interact with your pet. This will help you identify potential sitters. Once you've chosen sitter, schedule a practice run – especially if your dog has never been left with a sitter before. Begin by planning a short trip to see how well your dog gets along with the sitter, and to identify any potential problems that will need to be addressed before you leave – such as separation anxiety.
Leave Plenty of Food and Treats
Before you leave for the holidays, be sure your dog has plenty of food and treats on hand. It's a good idea to have a little extra on hand while you're away. Your pet may stress-eat while you're away, or at least until it's used to be away from you. The treats will allow the pet sitter to reward good behavior. It's also a good idea to make sure that there's plenty of food and snacks for the sitter, as well.
Give Specific Instructions
While you're preparing to leave, make sure you write down specific instructions for your dog's care. Leave detailed notes in a notebook that your sitter can refer to throughout the time they're caring for your dog. Include information such as feeding and bathroom schedules, and bedtime routines. You should also provide emergency contact information, including backup numbers in case your sitter is unable to get a hold of you by phone.
If you're going away for the holidays, hire a pet sitter to care for your dog. The tips provided here will ensure that your pet has a safe and enjoyable time with the sitter.
My husband’s mom absolutely adores playing with her pets. She currently has 2 dogs and 12 cats. Every day she spends at least two hours feeding and caring for her animals. My mother-in-law keeps a couple of her cats inside of her home. The rest of her animals aren’t allowed inside the house. However, this sweet lady always ensures they’re warm during the harsh winter months. Each of the canines have a spacious dog house to lounge in. At night, my mother-in-law places her cats in an old shed. Whenever one of her pets displays the signs of a potential illness, she immediately takes him or her to a nearby veterinarian. On this blog, I hope you will discover tips to help you protect your beloved pets from harm.