For Choosing Your Daycare or Pet Sitter
Choosing Your Dog Daycare or Pet Sitter
RESEARCH YOUR SITTER OR DAYCARE
Finding a quality pet sitter or daycare is a serious process. In the case of a sitter, not only will that person be responsible for your dog's wellbeing but he or she may also have regular access to your home. So your first obligation is to do your research. Look up and peruse online reviews, ratings and testimonials that can confirm their expertise as canine caretakers. And always be wary of organizations or individuals that fail to provide some kind of third-party validation (i.e. someone other than themselves) of their services.
CONDUCT A THOROUGH INTERVIEW
Your next order of business is to engage in a short conversation with the person or daycare that'll be taking care of your pet. Try and get a sense of their approach to doggie parenting and training. For example, do they subscribe to dominance-based or motivational training? Does it match with your preferred method? For sitters, the NAPPS has provided a really convenient list of questions you can check out right here. For daycares, don’t hesitate to ask if they’re willing to accommodate any special requests your pooch may have.
INSPECT THE FACILITIES
There are many things to keep in mind when looking for an adequate facility. Important ones include compliance with OSHA (Occupation Safety & Healthy Administration), cleanliness/sanitation, ample space for each dog, a well-trained/experienced staff and thorough adherence to health/safety standards. For a more exhaustive list of items to be thinking about when considering a facility, please refer to the ASPCA's well-researched page on the subject.
INTRODUCE YOUR PET BEFOREHAND
Even if everything else checks out, the real litmus test comes down to your dog's comfort level. Introduce your pooch to the prospective sitter for a half an hour and pay attention to how they interact. If you notice some genuine chemistry between the two then there's a good chance you’ve got a winner! In the case of the daycare, have your dog spend one night and then pay close attention to their behavior the next day. Do they appear sad or the same? By attentively reading your dog’s mood, you’ll have a good idea whether or not this facility is a good match for them.