Using a Pawshake dog sitter for the first time?
Leaving your dog or puppy when you go away for work or on a holiday can be a little daunting the first time. With a few simple steps, you can be sure that your dog sitter will do the best dog minding job possible.
Choosing the right dog sitter
Read your dog sitter’s profile carefully to learn about their dog sitting experience and background. You can browse reviews from previous dog sitting bookings and check the availability on their calendar for various dog sitting services, including in-home dog care and drop in visits. If the dog sitter looks promising, send them a message.
Meet and Greet
Arrange a meet and greet with your dog sitter before the booking. Meet on neutral ground and be sure your dog meets all pets who will be with your dog sitter during the dog minding period. Get to know your dog sitter - ask your dog sitter questions, have a look at their home if your dog will be staying for in-home dog care and answer any questions the dog sitter may have.
Finalise your booking
If your meet and greet goes well, book your dog sitter through the Pawshake website. This will activate our premium pet insurance for the dog sitting booking period, protection from the Pawshake guarantee and the support of the customer service team throughout the dog sitter job. Payment is finalised at this stage, and sent to your dog sitter at the end of the booking.
If you will be away, leave an emergency contact with your dog sitter. Include the best way to reach you and a number of a friend, family member or colleague who can be a backup for your dog sitter. It’s a good idea to leave the details of your local veterinary clinic with your dog sitter as well, in case your furry friend needs a vet visit during the dog sitter job.
Leave a list
Your dog sitter will have a lot to remember while they are performing the dog sitter job for you. It’s always a good idea to leave a list for your dog sitter - include any details that you think would be important for your dog sitter to know, including medication information and copies of your pet’s microchip and vaccination certificates.
Prepare your house
Puppy sitting and senior dog sitting is best in the comfort of your home - if you have a dog sitter providing in-home dog care or drop in visits, do a tidy up before you leave. Your dog sitter will feel welcomed and at ease when they are dog minding for you! Also - stock up on supplies so your dog sitter has everything they need.
Pack your dog’s things
If your dog is going to stay at the dog sitter’s house for in home dog care, be sure to pack some toys, their food, their bedding and any necessary medication. Always supply extra food for your dog sitter during the dog sitter job, as your pooch often will eat more when they stay in a new environment.