Most who offer themselves as babysitters for a family member’ / or friends dog enjoys the company of a dog. The majority also appreciate the extra responsibility, and some use it to get some extra exercise. By following a few tips, babysitting a dog can be an incredible experience for both the dog owner, the dog and the babysitter. By following these simple 10 tips you can all have a nice time!
- First impressions are very important. Make sure the dog is newly washed, trimmed and groomed.
- Bring the dog’ own things. Be sure to bring the dog’ basket, blankets and possibly a well-used t-shirt that is not freshly washed. The smell of the dogs owner will help the dog settle into its new surroundings. Also bring toys, balls and a long walk-line.
- Bring food and bowls. Be sure to bring the dog’ own food. You should never change a dog’ diet from one day to another, it may cause digestive problems.
- Keep the dog slim. Make sure that the babysitter does not feed the dog treats with empty calories. Treats should only be used as a reward when the dog does something good.
- Physical exercise. There is a big difference in taking care for a puppy, adult dog or senior dog. Be sure to talk about how much exercise the dog is used of getting. If the babysitter have a dog of their own, the everyday exercise is much easier when taking them for a walk.
- Medicine. Make sure that the babysitter knows whether or not your dog is taking any medicine.
- The babysitter have agreed upon watching your dog – not a dog with uninvited guests. Be sure that your dog is treated against fleas, ticks and worms.
- Be sure to indicate if the dog is not healthy.
- Be sure to tell if the dog is in heat.
- Be sure to give the number for your veterinarian. If an accident occurs, it is a huge help if the dog can go see its usual veterinarian.
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