Dog Sitter 101: 10 Tips on What to Bring to Your Next Dog Sitting Appointment

Published: 01/04/2021
Looking to become the "ultimutt" dog sitter? There's plenty for aspiring pet sitters to remember to ensure their next appointment goes as smoothly as possible. Before jumping into your next session, consider bringing along these sitting essentials so you and your canine client have the "pawfect" experience! Here are TIPS on how to come prepared for the BEST dog sitting experience—wherever you are!

1. Treats

The number one thing you'll find any pet sitter has is a variety of tasty treats. You'll be hard-pressed to find a pupper that doesn't love a Scooby snack or two. Treats are a great way to bond and manage behavior during your dog sitting session. Just check with the woofer's pet parents beforehand to ensure they have no allergies or other dietary restrictions.

2. Doggy bags

Whether walking a woofer or dog sitting a fur-baby, it's always worth bringing along a few doggy bags. While most pet parents have a decent stock of poop bags, there's a chance they'll forget to restock or you'll run out during your sleepover with Snoopy. So, grab some extras to keep the pet parents' house and yard squeaky clean during your sitting session.

3. Comfort items

Sleeping in someone else's home can be tough at times, so consider bringing along a pillow, blanket, or comfort item from home so that you can sleep a little sounder. Just make sure you bring something you don't mind getting , just in case your new canine compadre wants to cuddle.

4. Suitable clothing

Dress professionally and sensibly for your next sitting appointment. You'll want to impress your new client while also dressing appropriately for playtime and walkies with Fido. Sensible tennis shoes, long pants, and a jacket with plenty of pockets will go a long way to ensuring you're dressed for a successful sitting session.

5. Toys

Bringing along toys is a no-brainer — they'll keep your new furry friend busy and help take their mind off their pet parents' departure. Before bringing along a toy, speak with the pet parent to check what kind of toys their pup likes. You might also want to purchase a sturdy toy, just if their fur-baby tends to quickly destroy dog balls and rope pulls.

6. Portable water bowl

All pet parents will already have a household water bowl ready for Bella. However, you may want to bring along a portable water bowl in case you're planning an outdoor adventure with your new four-legged friend. This way, you can keep your canine client hydrated while enjoying a summer stroll.

7. An extra leash

Go the extra mile and bring along an additional leash to your next sitting appointment. A dog walker/sitter's nightmare is for a leash to snap in the middle of a stroll, allowing your puppy partner to wander off. Bringing along an extra leash means you can quickly swap out the broken leash and avoid any unnecessary stress.

8. Checklist of the dog's needs

Every doggo is different, making it difficult to remember everything you'll need to do on each visit. You can make life a little easier for yourself by asking the pet parent plenty of questions and then making a checklist of their fur-baby's specific requirements. From medication to feeding times, a checklist will make your next sitting appointment a breeze. You should also note any requirements for the home, including gate codes and trash collection dates.

9. First aid kit

If the pup you're caring for happens to get a small scrape that isn't serious enough for a vet visit, it's always worth having a doggy first aid kit handy. Gauze, adhesive tape, cotton swabs, tweezers, and vet contact information are great things to pack in a first aid kit. If you plan on bringing any oral medication with you, ensure you contact a vet and the dog's pet parent to confirm it's safe to administer.

10. Love and patience

The most important thing any dog sitter can bring is love and patience. From Shih Tzus to Shetlands, there's a wide range of dog breeds with different personalities that will keep you on your toes. Plenty of love and lots of patience will go a long way to making you one of the best dog sitters on your neighborhood block, as you'll be able to show pet parents you have a real passion for caring for pups.