What Kind of Dog Parent Are You?

As a dog sitter, I’ve discovered that there are a few different kinds of dog parents and I categorized them below:

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Parent (Also Known as the Just in Case Parent)

This dog parent has to bring the entire family to drop off the dog and make multiple trips to the car for what seems like everything but the kitchen sink.

He/She will bring:

  • Both the dog bed (one for day and one for night time) and crate
  • Leash, collar, harness
  • Favorite blankets
  • Raincoat and/or sweater
  • Dog Brush
  • Wee Wee Pads
  • Wipes
  • Dog bowls in their stand and placemat
  • Sometimes bottled water
  • Dry food (Individually bagged), wet food, and usually chicken and sliced cheese
  • Favorite toy, other toys, and chew sticks (chew sticks to be given at certain times of day)
  • 4 or 5 different kinds of treats (Enough to share with other dogs)
  • Multiple phone numbers and ways to be reached
  • Emergency Contacts and Vet information

Takes the Dog Sitter’s Advice Parent

This dog parent usually brings the suggested supplies the dog sitter recommends:

  • Dog bed and blanket if there’s usually one in the bed
  • Collar with an ID tag and leash
  • Food bowl/Water bowl
  • Food the dog usually eats with instructions for frequency and amounts
  • Treats optional (we have treats)
  • One toy if the dog usually sleeps with it, otherwise not necessary (we have toys)
  • Contact information

The Minimalist

This dog parent usually meets you at the car and may or may not get out. This dog parent usually brings:

  • Food

Published by momrockzz

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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