How Do I Prepare My Home And Pets For A Dog Walking Service?
What Can I Do To Help My Professional Dog Walker Take The Best Care Of My Pets?

How Do I Prepare My Home And Pets For A Dog Walking Service?

Preparation can make a big difference in how smoothly things go for your pet when the pet sitter comes to visit. Here are some tips:

    • Make sure the dog walker has a phone number where you can be reached.  If inside services are requested, provide the dog walker with a house key in addition to garage door openers.

    • If you have new keys made, try them out to make sure they work.

    • Clean food and water dishes before leaving town.

    • Provide extra food, litter and other supplies just in case you’re not able to return when planned.

    • Adjust the thermostat to keep the house comfortable for the pet during your absence. In warm weather, a closed-up house can get dangerously hot in a short time.

    • Leave a list of phone numbers in case the dog walker needs to contact service or maintenance companies while you are away; i.e., plumber, electrician, cleaning service, yard maintenance, pool service, etc.

    • Tell the dog walker of any household areas that are off-limits to your pets or to the dog walker. Secure access to those areas before leaving home.

What Can I Do To Help My Dog Walker Take The Best Care Of My Pets?

You can help your dog walker be a better friend to your pet by helping to make sure there are no problems while you are away.  Planning and preparation in the following areas will smooth the way.

    • Tell the dog walker about all health problems your pet may have - major or minor.

    • Provide written verification that your pet is up to date on its vaccinations.

    • Make sure your dog’s collar fits—otherwise he may slip out of a too-large collar while being walked.

    • If your dog is not accustomed to walking on a leash, practice with him before you leave.

    • Make a list of your pet’s favorite hiding places. This will prevent the dog walker from worrying if your pet is not where expected - the dog walker will know where to look.

    • Provide your own preferred method of flea control, even if your pets are currently flea free. Fleas multiply rapidly and can become a problem very quickly.  


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