Finding someone to leave your beloved pet with is a daunting task. You want to find someone you can really trust with your dog and feel comfortable they will be well looked after. It’s hard enough leaving your pet when you go away, but knowing they are in good hands makes the whole process slightly easier. When looking for a dog sitter or daycare provider, you need to take the time to do your research. There are a few things you need to check before making your decision.
Convenience & Location
You will need to find somewhere that is convenient to you, as you don’t want to travel miles to drop your dog off at daycare. Look at all your local pet sitters and narrow it down to a few that are located nearby.
Knowing Your Dog Is Happy
This is a huge factor when choosing a dog sitter, you need to see that your dog is happy in their care. You could try a couple of different people and see which places your dog seems to enjoy the most and that you have a good feeling about.
Qualifications & Accreditations
Ask your dog sitter or daycare provider what relevant qualifications they have and if they are accredited to any canine organisations. It will put your mind at rest if they have a good knowledge of dogs and how to look after them.
Recommendations, References & Testimonials
This is the best way to find a trusted dog sitter. Ask your friends and family if they have used anyone before that they would recommend. If you find some dog sitters you like then you can always look on their website for testimonials or ask for a reference from another customer.
Number Of Walks
How many walks will your dog get per day? Some boarding places offer one walk a day whereas others will provide 2 or 3. It depends on your dogs needs and how much exercise they require.
How long have they been looking after dogs for? Having experience working with dogs is very important so it’s always worth asking.
Pet sitters and dog boarding providers can go on canine first aid courses. Ask your chosen dog sitter whether they are first aid trained. If they are then you know they can help your dog if they get injured or become unwell.
Do They Have Insurance?
Ask whether or not they have insurance for pet sitting and dog walking. Dog walkers should have insurance and will be insured to take out a certain number of dogs.
Dog sitting and boarding prices vary considerable depending on where you live on the UK. Shop around and see what sort of prices people are charging to check you are paying a fair price.
Meet And Greet
It’s definitely worth doing a meet and greet before you actually leave your dog in someone else’s care. Take your dog round to meet their potential new sitter to see how they interact and determine whether you feel comfortable leaving your dog in their care.