Choosing the right care for your dog is a big decision, so make sure you have all the info before making your choice.
- Dogs need daily exercise and mental stimulation to stay fit and healthy
- 60% of dog owners have no contract or legal agreement in place with their dog walker
- Always ask for insurance certificates and references from both dog walkers and daycare
Looking after your dog has changed massively and the days of sad-looking kennels are long gone for many of our furry friends. Although, despite the ever improving world of doggy daycare, you can still get caught out if you’re not sure how to vet dog carers.
There are so many options out there and finding the right one is hugely important for your pet’s wellbeing as well as your own peace of mind. So, we reckon if you follow these handy tips, you'll have a good head start:
- Ask for recommendations at your local vets
- Speak to other dog owners in your area
- Read online forums or local social media groups for advice
- Check people's insurance and training credentials
- Ask for references from their other clients
Discussing the practicalities of the service and finding the best situation for your pet based on their age, personality and breed is also a good idea, as some dogs will be better suited to one-to-one care, while others enjoy the social aspect of being part of a group.
Dog walkersDog walkers are an amazing help for those who are working full-time jobs. Dog walkers will feed, water and exercise your beloved best friend, so you want to make sure they're someone you trust to enter your home and take care of your pet.
It’s important that you make sure your dog walker has the correct insurance for the job and is covered, should anything happen to your pet. Dogs Trust found that a worrying 60% of dog walkers didn’t currently have a contract or legal agreement with owners.
If your dog will be joining a group, an initial meeting with the dog walker and other pets is always recommended to see how they interact together.
What should you ask when choosing a dog walker?
- How many dogs will be in each group?
- What would they do in an emergency?
- How will they safeguard your home and pet?
- Ask about the protocols they have in place and make sure you’re happy with them
- Where do they plan on walking your dog?
- If they walk more than one dog at a time, can your dog have a trial with the others?
Doggy daycareIf you work late, have evening plans or are heading out for the day, doggy daycare means you can leave your pooch in safe hands without having to worry.
Different to a dog walker, your pet will be looked after for a much longer amount of time, getting exercise and companionship. It’s a good idea to take a tour of the daycare facilities, ask about the daily routine, and get a trial before you commit.
What should you ask when choosing a doggy daycare?
- Ask for a tour of the centre/house to make sure it’s suitable for your dog
- What is the staff to dog ratio?
- Will you receive updates on your dog throughout the day?
- What’s the procedure if there is a medical emergency?
- How are dogs vetted for behavioural problems or illness?
Doggy hotelsIf you’re going on holiday, you might want to take your dog to a nearby specialist hotel. A relatively new concept in the UK, doggy hotels are a more premium and luxurious version of boarding kennels . Pets are fed, watered and even pampered...sounds good to us!
Offering more amenities than a standard kennel, most dog hotels offer your pet its own room, outdoor play areas, underfloor heating and toys.
Booking your pooch into a doggy hotel means they get their own holiday filled with pampering. It means while you’re sunning yourself on a beach thousands of miles away, you can rest assured that your dog is also having the time of their life.
What to look for in a doggy hotel
- Do they ask for proof of vaccination, worming and flea treatment from all dogs?
- What’s the illness procedure?
- What are the procedures in place if your dog gets ill?
- Can your dog bring their own toys and bed?
- How secure are the outdoor areas and will they be open all day?
- Can your dogs share?
With so many options available, you can find the ideal support for you and your dog with the right preparation.
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