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How To Choose A Professional Dog Sitter For Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

Feb 29, 2008
If you are an owner that has a dog with dog separation anxiety, the thought of leaving your dog when you go away on a vacation may seem extremely frustrating and daunting. Dogs with separation anxiety feel extremely anxiety when they're away from their owners and you're probably worried about how he'll respond in your absence. In this article, we'll discuss how to choose a professional dog sitter for your dog with dog separation anxiety. We'll discuss how to find a great sitter as well as the questions to ask to evaluate their professionalism and credibility. In the end, you'll have the tools you need to find a great sitter. So, without further adieu, let's get started:

First of all, you should get sitter recommendation from other pet owners whose dogs have dog separation anxiety. If you don't know of anyone, ask your veterinarian or your local humane society for a referral. You can also look in your local phonebook and then contact local sitters to see if they have experience with this condition. Once you find some suitable prospects, write down their contact information.

Next, you will take your list and contact all prospects by phone in order to conduct a preliminary interview. Here are some questions:

-Are you available on XYZ date?

-What are your prices and what does this include?

-Do you have any experience with dogs with special needs?

-Are you available for home interview?

After you have narrowed down the prospects, invite them over to your house and see how they interact with your dog. Are they friendly, caring and trustworthy? Do they have a good animal rapport? Do you feel comfortable in their presence? Do they have good communication skills?

Next, you'll want to conduct an in person interview. During this process, your goal is to learn as much as you can about your prospects as possible.. Here are some samples questions you should ask:

-Can you explain what dog separation anxiety entails?

-Have you ever worked with dogs with this type of condition before?

-Do you have any special training or certification in the pet sitting field?

-What will you do if my dog becomes ill or experiences dog separation symptoms?

-Do you have any liability insurance that covers accident or negligence on your part?

-Are you bonded against theft?

-Do you have reliable transportation?

-Can you please confirm your costs, what this entails?

-During a visit, will you interact and play with my dog?

-Will you record my dog's daily activities for me?

-Are you comfortable administering medications to dogs?

-Do you have a replacement sitter in case you can't perform your duties?
If so, can I meet with the back up person?

Listen carefully to the prospect's answers and keep a visual record of their response. Before they leave, obtain references and other relevant documentations. Once they're gone, jot down your initial impressions. Once you make a selection, verify references and follow up with the prospect. You may even want to sign a contract at this point.

Before you leave for your trip, visit with your new pet sitter one more time. Be clear about emergency and administration of any medications. Make sure that your new pet sitter has your veterinarian's contact information as well as emergency contact for you while you're away. Once you do this, you should feel confident that you've made the right decision and that your dog is in good hands!
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Is your dog traumatized when you leave him alone? Don't get mad or frustrated. He may be suffering from dog separation anxiety. Learn proven and humane tips to help him overcome dog separation anxiety once and for all! Visit http://www.dogseparationanxiety.net today!
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