How To Find A Good Dog Sitter

Margaret Fox/ Dog Sitter

I would love to take Pixel with me everywhere because I consider him part of the family, but sometimes this is not possible. I guess the same thing happens to you.

This is where the search begins for a responsible and professional caregiver who can take care of him so that he does not have to resort to a canine residence. It’s not that I’m against the canine homes or hotels, in fact, the last time I left Pixel in one, but after the experience, I convinced myself that they are not for him.

Most residences usually have the kennels in which the dog is locked. It is true that the kennel is spacious and they give you several daily walks around, but after all, the dog is locked up for most of the day (unless you are sure that it is only in the kennel to sleep).

A big dog or used to being locked up can stay perfect, but Pixel does not because we have never left him locked up more than 10 minutes in a room. He just is not used to it, and he spends the day barking and crying. And I think the same thing happens with small or delicate dogs.

That’s why I decided that residencies were not a good idea, and I started looking for a good caregiver who could have Pixel in his own house and even accompanied by other dogs.

How To Choose A Good Caregiver?

Margaret Fox/ Caregiver

The list of caregivers is quite extensive, as there are more than 5000 registered in Spain alone. There are many options to choose from and can be easily filtered by location, by service (accommodation, walk or daycare), whether or not they have a dog at home, and if they have a garden or terrace.

When you click on a caregiver, his description appears some photos with his dog, the location, his services, and rates, as well as the availability. You can also see the average rating and the opinions of the clients, something that comes in handy to make an accurate decision.

By the mere fact of being registered in Gundog, we can have the confidence that they are professional people, that they love animals, and that they enjoy taking care of them. But which one to choose?

As I know that the decision to choose one or the other is not simple, I am going to suggest some characteristics that a good caregiver should have.

Calmed down. Any dog owner knows that with animals things do not always go according to plan. But a caregiver must remain calm even when the dog does not behave as expected. This is important so that the hairy does not feel the tension and react with anxiety.

Reliable. You are putting something significant in your hands, and that is why it is essential to be able to trust that person. How to know if a person is reliable if we do not do more than a few photos? Taking a look at the comments and ratings of other people who have left their dogs in their care.