There are several factors to consider to choose the right dog sitter.
You have finally found which petsitter you should choose for your pet, simply book them to organize the first meeting. Scared to take the leap and leave your furbaby with someone you don’t know? Don't worry! We'll do our best to reassure you, and you can always change dogsitters for free!
This first meeting with the host is extremely important. You need to check over several points during this face to face moment. You need to make sure that your dog gets on well with the host, that he feels comfortable in the home and that if there are any other pets there that they don’t disturb him, even better that they become friends. Finally you must feel comfortable and trust the dog sitter.
Good relations between the host and your pet are vital. There is a risk if it isn’t the case for the host, the family and even your pet. The pet sitter’s home will be your dog’s foster care while you’re away. If your pet isn’t happy, he may stop eating, start barking or even in rare cases, become irritable.
That is why a good dog sitter is above all someone with whom your four legged friend accepts and likes.
During this first meeting, you’ll be able to see straight away how your pet reacts with the host. You should see quickly by analyzing your dog’s behavior when in the host’s home. If your dog explores the house, wags his tails, turns in circles or tries to play, it means that your pup is enjoying himself and feels at ease.
On the other hand, if your dog lowers his head, tail between legs, snarls or hides behind you, you may have to find a different pet sitter. If you have an older or a small dog, please make sure that the steps are not too high and become an obstacle.
It is the right time for your bundle of love to meet up with the host’s pets if he has one or more. They will become flat mates for a while so need to get along well. If it is not the case, the situation may become dangerous for the animals and the family.
To start off, they will smell each other, they may decide then who is the boss, it is important not to intervene at this point, they must sort themselves out. If they start playing together or ignore each other you may proceed to the next step. However, if they start growling or even fighting, you shall need to change homes.
If your pet is happy in his new temporary home, just one person left to convince: YOU! Sometimes easier said than done, but during this first visit, you’ll be able to see your pet sitter’s home and lifestyle.
The whole reason for opting for a host family is for you to leave in all peace of mind without worrying about your pet.
The dog sitter has a significant role to play. It is always to receive an update on how the stay is going and how your dog is. You’ll need to establish with the host how often you wish to receive photos and news from your pet. Nowadays, social networks are often used.