When you receive a booking request, it’s important to ask the owner a few questions to make sure you and the dog are a good match. Being inquisitive will not only help get you prepared for what to expect, but will also help you decide if you’re able to accommodate the dog. Worried the owner will be put off if you ask a lot of questions? Don’t be, if there is one thing dog owners love to talk about it’s their pooch!
Here are our suggestions for questions to ask before a booking begins:
🏠 The dog in the house
- Is this the dog’s first stay away from home?
- Do they have any anxiety problems if left alone?
- Are they house trained?
- Do they chew on furniture? And if so in what situations?
- Does he chew on anything? Should I put things out or reach?
- Are they allowed on the furniture or upstairs?
📖 The dog's routine
- What’s a normal day like for them?
- Where do they sleep at night when at home?
- How many walks do they usually have a day and for how long?
- What’s their eating schedule?
- Do they normally walk or eat first?
- Do they take any medication?
- Do they have any medical conditions?
- Can I give him dog treats? If so, what kind
- Do they have any allergies?
🐕 The dog around other dogs
- Is he okay around other dogs and in public areas?
- Is he possessive with toys or food?
- Can he stay with other dogs?
- Is he scared of any thing or any noises in particular?
- How is he around children?
- What commands does he respond to?
- Is there anything else I should know?
As well as asking questions, before you accept a booking, it's important to give the owner some idea about what the experience will be like for their pooch.
- Your schedule, and if it means the dog may be left alone for a short period, and if so how long.
- Anybody else who will be their such as a partner or housemate
- Any other animals that will be there during their stay
- If you plan on taking the dog anywhere during their stay
Sharing all this information will help you and the owner to determine if you and the dog are the perfect match!