Hound Holidays: Leaving Your Pooch With A Dog Sitter
Unfortunately, we can’t always take our favourite furry friend with us when we head off on vacation. If we could, it would save so much stress as we wouldn’t have to find a dog sitter! Hopefully, you will have a friend or relative who will happily take your pup for you. In fact, it’s often better for the dog if you do this too as they will already be familiar with who they stay with.
In fact, it’s often better for the dog if you do this, as they will already be familiar with who they stay with.
Even if your dog knows their sitter, there are still some things you need to do before you leave them. Here’s a quick checklist.
You shouldn’t leave your dog with anyone if you know that he or she has behavioural issues. If your dog is badly behaved or ever shows any aggression to other people or animals, it’s important that you get these dealt with before you leave them. Ideally, you should start behavioural training with some in home puppy training while your dog is still young.
Write Down Care Instructions
Don’t jet off on your travels without having written down a list of care instructions for your dog. This should include how much food they need and how many meals they usually have through the day. If your dog takes medication for health conditions, then you should write down clear instructions on how this should be administered. It’s also worth mentioning details about your dog’s microchipping, just in case the dog sitter needs to know.
Pack Your Pet’s Toys
It’s important that your dog feels right at home with their dog sitter, and you can do this by packing their favourite toys. As well as helping them get settled into their new surroundings, these toys will give them something to do throughout the day, when you aren’t there to play with your dog. It’s also a good idea to pack their usual bed as well so that they feel comfortable and settled during the night.
Leave Notes On Your Dog’s Personality
It’s also important that you let your dog sitter know the kind of personality and temperament that your dog has. For example, you should tell them if the dog normally tries to chase squirrels when they are out on their daily walk, or if they aren’t good with any other dogs or pets, then you should let the sitter know so that they can avoid other dog walkers when they are out and about.
Say Goodbye Quickly
Don’t drag out your goodbyes when you leave your dog. This will only cause your dog to feel more anxious once you leave as they might think that you are going forever. Just act as if it is any other time you leave them at home.
You might get nervous when you leave your pooch with a dog sitter, but hopefully, all of these tips will give you peace of mind.