While you wish you could spend every moment with your dog, chances are there will be times when you’ll have to leave them home with a sitter. Finding a sitter who’s reputable, affordable, and gets along with your dog isn’t impossible. Just follow these tips and you’re well on your way.
Your first option is to reach out to family and friends. If they have pets, they may have a recommendation for you to reach out to. Don’t be afraid to ask neighbors or coworkers for their recommendations as well—it’s likely if they’re a dog owner, they may know a great pet sitter.
Next, check with your veterinarian. They can often make solid recommendations for experienced pet sitters. Additionally, many have staffed boarding facilities attached to their animal hospital or clinic, if you choose to go that route.
Whether it’s on the phone or in-person, ask your potential dog sitter the following questions to see if they’re a good fit.
Always talk to the dog sitter about what to do in case of an accident or medical emergency. They should have your vet’s contact info and know where the closest Animal ER is.
Set up a meet-and-greet with your sitter and your dog before you head out on your trip. Does your dog seem comfortable? Does the sitter seem to “get” your dog?
These leave-behinds will help make the sitter’s job much easier:
You can always bring your dog to a boarding facility if a pet sitter just isn’t working out. Many veterinarian offices offer boarding at the same location, so inquire about that during your next visit.
Here are the key questions to ask:
Now that your dog’s ready for their staycation — and you’re ready to hit the road — you can both sit back and relax!