With more people adopting dogs nationwide, it’s no wonder that dog sitters are becoming an increasingly popular option among families in the United States. If you are hiring a dog sitter or dog walker for the first time, it’s only natural that you wonder how you can best prepare for their arrival. That is why we have put together this comprehensive guide to dog sitters so that you know exactly what to do prior to their arrival.
One of the most important tasks your dog sitter will be responsible for is walking your dog. As you are probably well aware, the quality of a dog leash can make a substantial difference when walking your dog. While you may be used to your tattered leash, it probably won’t be a very pleasant experience for your dog walker. If your leash is on its last legs, the last thing you want to happen is for it to break when you’re not around. This is why hiring a dog sitter may be the perfect time to finally make the switch to a new one.
A new leash will make your dog sitter’s walk go much smoother, and your dog will feel the difference a well. Additionally, you’ll be able to use it yourself when you take your four-legged friend for walks. If you haven’t shopped for one in a while, you may be surprised to find the large variety of dog leashes on the market now. With so much variety, you won't have any trouble finding one that suits your specific budget and requirements, as well as the unique needs of your dog!
If you have the opportunity to do so, introducing your dog to the dog sitter can make a real difference. Dogs are naturally kind animals, but that doesn’t mean that all of them take well to new faces. If your dog tends to err on the side of caution when around new people, taking this extra step will pay off. Most dog walkers are quite accommodating, so ask them if they can grant you this request, even if it’s for just a short meet and greet.
Overall, spending a few minutes with your dog and the sitter will allow you and your dog to familiarize yourselves with the sitter and answer any questions they may have. This is also a perfect opportunity to establish a relationship with the sitter, which is a great idea if you plan on hiring them again.
Trying to find something you really need at the last minute can be stressful and hard to accomplish. In order to ensure your dog sitter has all of the necessary supplies to provide for the care and safety of your dog, you’ll want to start gathering these things well in advance.
Make a checklist of the items you and your dog sitter will need so you don’t miss anything. Needless to say, dog food is a must, as well as any treats. Don’t forget to put your dog’s favorite toys in plain view, as well as their leash. One thing that may slip your mind is their medication, as well as any emergency contacts like the vet. Make sure to get all of these things prepped, and your dog sitter will find taking care of your pooch a breeze!
Expressing your gratitude to your sitter for taking care of your dog can go a long way, so it never hurts to start thinking about these things early on. Taking advantage of dog sitting services can truly transform your life and help keep your canine happy and healthy. If you find a great one, you will not only have more time freed up, but you will also find yourself stressing less about when you can find the time to do all the things necessary to take care of your dog.
There is no doubt dog-sitting is more than just walking your dog, so why not convey your gratitude with a small thank you present? Whether it’s a card or a thank you basket filled with chocolates and fruits, showing appreciation to your dog sitter or walker can help build trust between you, the sitter, and your dog.
Kristin Hitchcock is a frequent contributor at Pet Life Today. She was born and raised in Tennessee and currently lives there with her husband and toddler. Kristin is passionate about helping pet parents weave a fulfilling and enriching life for their pets by educating them about lesser-known topics and helping them make the best decisions possible for their pets. She owns three dogs, three cats, two fish, and a lizard.