If you’ve never had to leave your pet with a pet sitter before, there are a few things you need to remember to make sure they have a good time while you are away.
Your contact information, emergency contact information and an emergency plan
Not unlike leaving a list for a babysitter (I mean, they are our babies after all) it is important to leave a list of your information. Include all of your contact information and best times to reach you. Also, include emergency contact information for a friend or relative that is familiar with your pets and can make medical decisions just in case. It may seem awful, but there is peace of mind for the sitter if you think about worse case scenarios and let your emergency contact know your wishes.
Your veterinarian, local pet store, any medication or medical history that needs to be known
In case your pet needs extra care leave your pet sitter with any pertinent medical history and vet contacts. Also, let them know your local pet store with favorite brand of food or treats. It is good to know in case they run out of food or if your pet sitter wants to pick them up a little something special to cheer them up.
A box of pet supplies and details about their routine and behaviors
List out where all the usual supplies are (leash, toys, flashlight, brush, food, etc) or even better, get a big Tupperware or crate and store it all in one place for your pet sitter. To keep your dog comfortable it’s good to leave your pet sitter armed with the knowledge of what your pup loves. Tennis ball or a chew toy? Belly rubs or ear scratch? Walks to the left or to the right? Any places they shouldn’t walk because of problem dogs or wildlife. All of those little details really help to keep your dog calm.
Instructions for the house; thermostat, electronics, plants, etc.
You will want to leave instructions on how to work the thermostat and at what temperature you would like it set. You never know when a heat wave or cold snap might happen. It’s helpful to know how to work the TV or radio. Don’t worry, we’re not going to move in and binge watch Netflix, but sometimes while playing with your pup the background noise helps liven the mood and give them a sense of normalcy.
It can be hard leaving your pets, but getting a pet sitter is a great first step. Leaving your pet sitter with clear instructions, important details and supplies will set you, and your dog up for a great time. If you’re looking for services just make sure to give us a call! We’ll be happy to help you iron out all of the details.
If you’re an already existing client, make sure to check out our Client Portal! All you have to do is enter your information, including details about your pet’s needs as you register, then it’s super easy for your pet sitter to access your details prior to each visit.