Start out very open ended and ask the Mom/Dad to tell you a little about the dog.This can be very informative.
Dog sitters should ask how old the dog is and if he/she has any special needs you should know about.
What times do they feed their dog? Ask how often they feed their dog and how much. Is the dog a grazer? Food aggressive?
Is the dog allowed to have treats? Will they provide them? Can you give them any kind of treat or are there restrictions?Allergies?
Can their dog go up and down stairs? This is very important because you don’t want anypups tumbling down a flight of stairs.
Do they keep the harness on all the time? collar?
How often does their dog need to go out? When do they usually take out their dog? Does it go in the yard or do they walk him/her? Is their dog fully potty trained or do they use wee wee pads?
Does their dog know how to walk on a leash? Do they want you to take their dog for walks to get exercise?
Would they like updates of their dog during his/her stay? How often? Do they want photo and video updates? Will they be in a different time zone? You don’t want to be sending updates at 3 AM their time.
Where does their dog usually sleep? Does he/she sleep in a dog bed? Crate? (door open or closed) On a chair or couch? Does the dog usually sleep in their bed?
Does their dog have a favorite toy or blanket?
Does their dog get along with other dogs? Children?
Is their dog spayed or neutered? Are they up to date on their vaccines?
I am a newly retired NYC public school teacher blogging about her new life. I’m living a happy retirement life on Long Island - dog sitting, traveling, and experimenting with new endeavors.
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