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Cheat Sheet

Questions to ask before adding someone to your Pack

*It is highly recommended you ALWAYS meet someone in person (a great place to start is at our meet-ups) before adding them to your Pack and using them as a sitter.

1. How many dogs do you currently have? (Breed, age, temperament, etc.)

2. Do you only pet-sit one animal at a time?

3. Do you have experience with pet sitting?

4. Do you have experience with [your dog's behaviour, size, or breed]?

5. Is your yard fenced appropriately for both small and large-sized dogs?

6. Are you experienced with dog first-aid or do you have a vet nearby?

7. Will you be present with my dog at all times, or will there be times where my dog is left alone?

8. If being left alone, what is the maximum duration and wherein the house will he/she be left?

Questions to ask before watching someones dog.

*It is highly recommended for dog owners to carve out sometime prior to a swap to get their pet familiar with pet-sitters (even it is a neighbour, friends, or family member) on their own terms.

  1. How many times a day do you feed your dog?

  2. How often a day do you walk your dog and for how long?

  3. What is your dogs behaviour like on walks?

  4. Is your dog good with other dogs? Can I take your dog to the dog park? How about hikes, runs, and swimming?

  5. What kind of a place do you currently live in?

  6. Take me through a typical day with your dog.

  7. Does your dog ever bite?

  8. Is there anything your dog is scared of or reacts to?

  9. How long do you usually leave your dog home alone for, if at all?

  10. Where does your dog sleep? 

  11. What are the house rules (ie, no jumping on furniture) 

  12. What kind of commands does the dog know? 

  13. How is your dog without you? Should we be worried about separation anxiety or aggression? What would you recommend we do if either of these happen? 

  14. Is your dog allergic to anything?

  15. What is your email address, and cell number so I can send you picture

  16. What should I do in case of an emergency? Can I get your vets info as well?

Other tips to help make a smooth dog sitting experience:

  • Meet and greets should be conducted in a neutral space. Once the meet and greet is complete, have the dog come over to the sitters’ house to make sure it’s a pawfect match.

  • Remember to never take identification tags off dogs, even inside the house.

  • In case of an emergency, call the owner right away and let them know what’s going on.

  • Feed all dogs in the household at the same time, and in separate rooms, while supervising. 

  • If the owner has dry food that they leave out during the day, we recommend you ask if you can feed the dogs at the same time daily in the morning and evening. Pro Tip: to get the dog to eat his food all at once, add a little bit of water and wait 5-10 minutes. The food will be a lot more appetizing and both dogs will be able to eat at the same time in front of you!

  • Always keep the dogs on a leash; even if the owner says it’s okay for the dog to be off leash. Dogs react differently when their owner is not around. 

  • Keep trash cans away from the dogs reach. Trash cans can have extremely dangerous items in it that could be harmful for dogs.

  • Don’t leave food unattended ever. 

  • If you have an outdoor area, make sure the dog can’t get over or under the fence.

  • Always keep scented bones or toys away from all dogs. Dogs tend to fight for these!

  • Make sure all dogs have collars with updated tags. 

  • Make sure all dogs have items from home so familiar smells are around.

  • Separation anxiety can mean different things for different dogs and includes barking, destructive behaviour, and accidents. A long walk can help ease the dog. If it continues, call the owner!

  • If a dog runs away, never chase after him. Always kneel down and call the dog your way. Sometimes, running the other way helps too. If a dog gets lost, call the owner and your local SPCA.

 

 

If you have any questions during the dogs stay, don’t hesitate to contact us.