5 Warning Signs To Look Out For In Dog Sitters

At some point, you may be required to leave the joy of your life
with a dog sitter. You try to get referrals and read reviews, but
how can you be sure this stranger will love and care for your dog
the way you do? Eventually, you have to take the leap. But have you
ever returned home from a trip and wondered if your dog sitter
really did all that you paid him for? There is a lot of trust in
hiring someone to care for your fur baby. Here are five signs that
your dog sitter may not be doing their job correctly.

 

#1 – Personality Change

You come home to your normally friendly and social dog that is
now showing great distress, is hiding and/or withdrawing. Note: If
this is the first time you have ever left your dog, this could be
signs of separation anxiety, not proof your dog sitter did
something wrong. If you have left your dog before, with no
problems, then it may be the sitter; if not, talk to a vet or
professional dog trainer about the possibility of separation
anxiety.

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#2 – Left Outside

If your dog only utilizes your backyard for supervised visits,
but you come home to large holes from digging or destroyed plants,
your dog may have been left outside most of the time. Again, this
is based on past history of that not happening. A dog can dig a
hole in a few minutes and it’s not necessarily from being left
outside all day. However, you know your dog and if you are
concerned, asked your sitter questions and your neighbors.

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#3 –  Left Inside

Conversely, if you have a house-trained dog that always goes
outside and you come home to soil marks on the floor, either
cleaned or undetected by the dog sitter, she may have left your dog
inside all day and never took him outside. Again, you have to base
this on your dog and past experience and ask questions.

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#4 – Unused Food or Medications

Food portions or medications that have not been dispensed
properly and/or there is more remaining than should be. This can
be tricky. Your dog may not have wanted to eat while you were away,
for example. Or, just because the food it all gone, doesn’t mean
your dog got it – she could have fed it to her own dog, or just
thrown it out. Use your own good judgment and ask questions.

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#5 – No Communication

Your pdog sitter should give you updates on your dog while you
are gone and a final update on your return. If you have had limited
to no communication with the dog sitter while you’re away and/or
no final update, there may be a reason for that. Obviously, this
depends on whether you were somewhere were you couldn’t get
updates (For example you may not be reachable on a cruise or hiking
in the mountains). The bottom line is your dog sitter should have
stuck to whatever agreement you made before leaving. If she
didn’t, she didn’t do her job properly.

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Do What’s Best for You and Your Pup

When in doubt, trust your instincts. We love our little babies
and want what’s best for them. Make sure you always check
reviews. Get referrals. A little extra effort up front can give you
confidence that whoever is spending time with your pups loves them
as much as you do. And isn’t that what we all want?

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