Home care for dogs includes cleaning their bedding, toys and other items on a regular basis in order to remove germs, dirt, pollen and other environmental irritants which could potentially lead to itchy or inflamed skin in their furry companion. Regular baths also keep their coat healthy and flea-free.
Grooming and bathing your pet regularly is an invaluable opportunity to build the relationship between owner and animal, and can remove knots, tangles, or any impacted fur that has built up over time. A bath also gives you an opportunity to examine his/her skin and ears for any signs of parasite infestation or infections that require professional medical intervention.
Your dog needs regular exercise to maintain a balanced and stimulating mind-body-spirit experience. While their preferred activities may differ – for some it might be short walks or runs to release excess energy; other may require nose work or agility training sessions for mental stimulation. No matter their age or personality, all dogs require daily physical and mental stimulation in order to avoid boredom and stress.
An optimally fed dog is key to their wellbeing, so when leaving on vacation it is crucial to set up a schedule with your pet sitter in order to ensure that your canine gets all of its food needs met and has access to water at appropriate times. Also important is showing them where your dog sleeps so that they won’t disturb him during his slumber!
If your yard is fenced in, make sure your pet sitter knows how to operate and lock the gate when not needed. Also provide a list of daily needs, such as when they should be fed and how much. Also include any special diet requirements like weight loss programs which require certain food or any restrictions like not feeding certain types of foods.
An effective dog sitter should understand your household rules, including whether your pup can jump onto furniture and which areas they’re allowed into. Furthermore, be sure to inform them if there are any potential household hazards they should not come near – including plants, garbage cans or cleaning supplies – which should be kept out of their path.
Your pet sitter should possess copies of all of your dog’s health records and vaccination history, along with a list of any medications or supplements they take on an ongoing basis. This will enable them to provide the most appropriate care if an emergency situation arises.