36 questions to ask BEFORE choosing a new doggy day care, dog walker or dog sitter

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36 questions for dog walker

Modern pet parents are typically busy with jobs, school, and children and often rely on doggy day cares, pet lodging facilities, and/or professional dog walkers/pet sitters to help board and entertain furry family members when they can’t. Thinking about leaving your pup in the care of a dog sitter, day care or dog walker? Here's a checklist of 36 questions to ask before making reservations.

Print out this list and take it with you when you interview your prospective service provider.

-Are the boarding and play areas clean and free of any overwhelming, lingering odors?

-Are there separate facilities for dogs and cats?

-Are there separate quarters for big and small dogs?

-Are you able to bring your pet’s own Treats and toys if staying overnight or for an extended period of time?

-Are you allowed to visit your dog at any time during the day?

-Do all outside play areas have high, secured inescapable fencing?

-Will the facility management allow a full tour of the daycare/boarding area prior to your making reservations?

-Is there a vaccination protocol that all visiting pets must adhere to in order to prevent the spread of disease?

-Does facility management have an evacuation order on hand in case of natural disaster or a facility catastrophe?

-Is there a veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic on call in case of a medical emergency?

Discuss the people who will be taking care of your pets, and don’t be afraid to ask pointed questions.

-What kind of training and/or certification does the staff receive?

-Are they expected to get continuing education considering the changing nature of modern pet care?

-Do they know how to read a prescription and how to give necessary medications?

-My dog tends to get nervous, will you administer a calming tonic I provide

-My dog won't take her pill unless it's hidden in peanut butter, will your staff provide that accommodation?

-Does staff know how to give meds orally, by SQ injection and topically?

-Are any of the staff members veterinary trained?

-What kind of supervision do the workers receive during each shift?

-Do they know how to recognize and handle canine aggression of all kinds, including food aggression, territorial aggression, and fear-based issues?

-Does anyone on the staff understand the special needs of senior pets?

-Are the workers trained to watch for signs of disease or a veterinary emergency?

You’ll want to determine if the daycare or boarding facility adheres to daily or weekly schedules and how that works with your employment and your pet’s comfort levels.

-Are you able to pick-up and drop-off at times that fit your work schedule?

-Is your dog scheduled to play and socialize on a regular basis?

-Are feeding times regular and will your pet be fed separately from other animals? (This cuts down on possible food aggression problems.)

-Is a trained staff member supervising canine socialization 100 percent of the time?

-Is the facility open on the weekends?

-What provisions will be made if, for some reason, you have to work extra hours?

-Does the facility pick-up and drop-off your pet at home and, if so, is the driver bonded, insured, and trained on transporting crated animals?

-Will any necessary medications be administered at the times designated by your veterinarian (once, twice, or three times daily)?

Dog walkers and pet/house sitters need to be able to answer these additional questions to your satisfaction?

-How is the sitter trained or certified?

-Will they be handling more than one pet, or more than one family’s pets, at a single time?

-Are they bonded and insured?

-Do they have references?

-Did the facility manager who hired the sitter run a criminal background check?

-Do they know how to handle emergency situations?

-Is the sitter trained to watch for signs of illness or trauma?

-Will the house/pet sitter be sleeping overnight in your home, and does he/she have a regular day job?

-Does the dog walker regularly vary the route she/he travels with your pup?

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