It is that time of year when you suddenly realise that you are going away and need someone to look after your darling pooch!
Here are a few tips for you to think about when choosing who to care for your dog.
1/ Try to get someone who has been recommended either by a fellow dog owner,a friend or even a dog sitter who cannot help you at that time.
2/ Do meet the person a few times.Go out with him or her with your dog for a few walks to make sure that you can see how they treat not only your dog but other dogs in their care and to ensure that the dogs who may be walking and staying together get on well.
3/Make sure that you have more than just their mobile telephone number! You need a land line as well as an address.If they are not willing to give it to you then please think carefully about employing that person.
4/ Ideally they should be insured.Don’t be afraid to ask them if they have insurance.At the end of the day once the dog is in their care they are liable if your dog causes an accident or injures someone.
5/ Make sure that when your dog is in their care that they put I.D. tags with their mobile number on,name,house number and postcode.
6/Do ask where your dog will be sleeping etc
7/ Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you want to.After all,you need to feel happy and relaxed that your four legged friend is going to be treated as one of the family.
8/Ideally you should provide the food as a sudden change can cause upset stomachs.
9/Make sure that your dogs vaccinations are up to date – including Kennel Cough.
10/Make sure that the dog sitter has got contact numbers for you abroad as well as a contact in England.
11/In the event of an emergency your sitter will need to go straight to a vet to get treatment.Discuss this possibility.if vets fees are incurred whilst you are away think about how this can be managed.