How to Get Your Pet Sitter Ready and Able to Look After Your Puppy

If you’ve recently adopted a puppy but have to return to work, or you have a trip planned, then you’ll know the anguish that comes with the thought of having to leave your pet alone for a prolonged period of time. This may prompt you to hire a pet sitter to help take care of your puppy while away. Of course, you’ll have to choose the right one so you don’t have to worry about the welfare of your pet. Here’s how.

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Take your time

There’s nothing more than feeling like you’re under the wire when it comes to selecting a suitable pet sitter for your puppy. Therefore, take your time and really take a look at who’s available, what their experience is, what their credentials are, etc., to ensure you are selecting a candidate based on merit. If you find it difficult to sift through many profiles online, then one way to get to the best of the best is by looking at reviews, testimonials, and ratings to get a better idea of what services they offer. Also, ask for referrals from trusted friends and family if you really want to be sure that you who are hiring is worth their weight in gold.

Meet them in person

If you want to get a feel for what a suitable candidate is like, then set up a meeting to meet your top candidates in person. This should also be useful to understand how well you communicate with each other and if their values align with yours.

The stress-relieving benefits of hiring a pet sitter

It can be distressing for pets, especially puppies, to be left alone for a long time. Having a pet sitter on standby to pop by from time to time can help to alleviate some of that stress as they’ll be there to comfort and reassure your puppy for a bit. Also, a pet sitter can assist with keeping a routine in place when it comes to meal times, daily walks, play times, etc., so that your pet feels there is someone there for him when you’re away. Having someone available to assist you when your plate is too full can also help you feel more relaxed and calm. If you’re calm and happy, your pet can sense this, which should make him feel much more at ease.

Making the necessary preparations

As you prepare to leave your pet in someone else’s hands, you may be wondering how you can better prepare your home to make the job easier for your pet sitter. Some of the items you’ll want to ensure are there and available for when needed might include:

  • Your pet’s insurance card
  • A history of their immunization
  • Medications they may require
  • A list of veterinarians in your area if there is an emergency
  • A diary that details what you do with your puppy routinely
  • Their food and special dog treats
  • Their bed
  • A leash and/or a muzzle (if you’re unsure of what will fit, be sure to measure the circumference and length of your puppies nose to get the right fit)
  • Things to groom him with such as dog brush, dog shampoo, a towel, a toothbrush, and canine toothpaste
  • A few stimulating toys
  • Your mobile number and an alternative number if they can’t reach you.

Once you’ve found the right pet sitter, you should have little difficulty showing them what’s required of them. Moreover, the right one should intuitively know what to do to make the experience less stressful for all.

By Guest Author

Puppy Education is a site dedicated for dog owners on how to train and look after their puppy. If you have a puppy and would like to share your own experiences and knowledge, you can write for Puppy Education.