If you can’t make it home to let your dog out at lunch or you’re going on vacation, considering a dog sitter is a great idea. BestBullySticks.com knows you want the best caregiver for your dog besides you. That’s why we’re giving you these handy tips on How to Choose a Good Dog Sitter!

Pros of Choosing A Dog Sitter
A few positives of hiring a dog sitter include:

  • Keeping your pet comfortable in their own environment
  • Keeping your dog’s regular routine
  • No social anxiety of a boarding facility
  • Attention and care while you’re away and peace of mind you’ll feel knowing this
  • Happier friends and family who aren’t begrudgingly caring for your pet
  • Checking in on your house so potential burglars won’t know you’re gone
  • Miscellaneous services such as plant watering, mail pick up, etc.

What To Look For
Finding a pet sitter is as easy as asking friends and family or even looking to the National Association for Professional Pet Sitters or Pet Sitters International. Online services such as Care.com are helpful, too.

Once you find a few candidates, look into each person’s qualifications and services. You’ll want to check for:

  • Related training
  • At least three references
  • Liability insurance to cover accidents or negligence

You’ll also want to see if the sitter is:

  • Comfortable with your dog and your dog seems comfortable with them
  • Taking thorough notes
  • Offering additional services such as plant watering, mail pickup or grooming
  • Providing a written contract including services and fees
  • Outlining when and how long they will be at your home (if not a live-in sitter)
  • Checking in with you at a specified time interval
  • Setting up a replacement if they have an emergency or are sick
  • Familiar with First Aid or an Emergency Vet
  • The only person coming into your home
  • Leaving your house key in a particular place

Your Responsibilities
Now that you know what to look for, prepare for your dog sitters visit. Here are some basic responsibilities to make your dog sitter’s time with your fur-kid easy and pleasant.

  • Notify your dog sitter as early as possible
  • Be sure you have current id tags and all medical information and vaccinations are up to date
  • Make sure your pet is well socialized and comfortable with your sitter
  • Take your sitter on a full tour of your house and be sure they’re familiar with your security system and fuse box
  • Leave detailed instructions outlining your dog’s complete routine (feeding, exercise, preferences)
  • Leave all your contact, emergency contact and veterinarian information
  • Put your dog’s food and supplies in one place
  • Leave a key with a friend, trusted neighbor or family member as well as exchange phone numbers between them all.

To keep your dog busy while he’s alone, give him a durable Planet Dog Orbee. This stuffable dog toy will give Fido hours of challenging fun. Try freezing kibble and peanut butter. Your dog will love this toy!

Now that you’re familiar with finding a good dog sitter, you can go out of town without worrying (too much) about Fido.