A dog walking session includes a 30 minute walk for one day, or 50 minutes for two days all up plus quick change of water, kisses, cuddles, hiding a few treats and then leaving.
Before you consider having home visits think about
- Some pets are safer in kennels and others happier at home. You need to make the best decision for your important family member.
- Can your pet be left alone for lengthy periods.
- Will the Neighbours complain if they bark.
- Will they become anxious and try to escape.
- How will you feel if that occupy themselves by digging holes, eating your plants and outdoor furniture etc (some have).
- Can you arrange additional occasional visits by friends or family especially in case of long time away.
- Should you organise one or two visits a day (in most cases dogs cope better with two but cats are fine with one).
- Remember my costs are very low - I stay around 35 minutes sometimes longer for $14 for one visit of which I lose 19% in Pawshake fees. Think realistically how much you are expecting for this
Usually in a home visit I will give your dog a 15 minute walk, a play, clean up poop, fix up bedding, change water, a brush, a pat, a play in the yard, feed, rotate toys, hide a few treats and leave. Many pets cope with this really well and enjoy my visits. Some of my clients book in some dog walks to ensure their pets get an extra long walk or some lengthier visits here and there and I always ensure that I do this.
I have administered ear drops, tablets and oral medications as well as washing out ears with a special solution. I would be happy to learn anything necessary. Some of the animals I have minded require strict medication with specific time gaps and I am very reliable with this. I like to have written instructions if your pet has a range of needs or if you are worried. Many people have told me they were really anxious until they met me and then they felt very confident leaving their pets while they were away.
I will pop out bins and water a few plants and pick up poo and collect mail but most of my attention will be on your dog.
I do sleep overs at your house. I will resume my normal activities during the day hours and my dog walking/ dog feeding but can arrange to be with your animals overnight ie 6/8pm to 5/6am depending on the day of week and my bookings. I will use your home as a base and pop in and out (when I can) especially on weekends though amount a bit more on school term but almost always home in the evening (6pm onwards). If you are after a pet sitter who is there 24/7, I'm not your one. I do ask for free WIFI access while I am at your house and I may have small animals stay over by arrangement at my place and have experience with rabbits and guinea pigs and have a cat . Just ask as I can put the tab in place if necessary by arrangement and we would discuss a cost as this is also flexible. When I visit your home your pet (dog, cat,guinea pig, fish, rabbit/chook and whatever else you own) I will perform the following duties
- Poo picked up.
- Lots of pats/cuddles/interaction.
- Cage or area cleaned or tidied,
- A brush (for dogs, or cats if they like).
- A play if you leave toys and rotation of toys if required
- Administer medication if required
- Short walk for dogs of about 10-20 minutes (depending on size of dog and things needed to be done at the home.)
- I will fill up water shells for dogs to in summer or play with the hose or whatever added things they need to keep them cool.
What I don't do
- Groom or wash your pet (I will give your pet a daily brush)
- Wait around for a dog groomer during my home visit.
- Maintain your property or house (I will leave the inside of your home as I found it, collect your mail, water a FEW plants, please be realistic.)
- Stay for hours (my time at your house is limited to about 35 minutes usually, sometimes a little more depending on bookings and other factors.)
- Wait for tradespeople etc because you have organised jobs to be done while you are away. I simply don't have the time and have other clients and dogs dependant on me also. This is not practical and often these people do not turn up when they say.
- Repeatedly visit during storms or celebration times of year such as fireworks; it simply isn't practical and I am often also house sitting overnight. Where possible I do additional visits if I have concerns but this is not something I promise or guarantee. Please ensure your pets safety in a secure property.
- Pay for vet bills and related costs.
Attend property again and repeatedly because a neighbour has texted you that your dog is barking. I also find this extremely stressful but have a very busy schedule and your dog will not be the only dog I am visiting and feeding, I often have several. and care for them all very very much. While I will ensure your dog is walked/played with/has activities, I can not be responsible for keeping your dog quiet. If your dog is unsettled and your neighbours complain then this service may not be for you and I can make suggestions on suitable kennels or suggest organising access such as a doggy door into your home as sometimes this helps to settle dogs that are left at the property. Or you may try a citronella collar also. I hope all of this helps, feel free to contact me.
Don't base your decision on cost alone when you look for care for your pet.
Please ensure your gates are very secure and that your pet has shelter during heat or storms. I am not always in the position to do additional visits during storms so if your pet has storm anxiety you may need to reconsider your pet minding arrangements. Pets escaping during storms is very scary and added stress for me as a pet minding service and yourselves as owners who are away on holiday so please look into a more secure environment such as a kennel if this is a possibility. I often have several pets to feed and can not keep going back to one during storm season.
Please ensure you or a trusted family member or friend is contactable throughout your time away so that in an emergency vet bills can be covered. If it is an insurance matter this takes time to deal with (to date I have had no issues and only minor vets things. Please note I will collect things from a vet and have had clients organise this over email and the phone with their vets for scripts etc but it is only practical for me to drive to local vets or deliver your pet to local vets and there may be an additional charge esp in peak periods but your pets health and well being is of utmost concern to me of course. - allergy issues/a dog with conjunctivitis and a dog that ran out of ear drops. All these things were able to be sorted out promptly All three dogs needed medication.
Things do happen and nothing should be left to chance.
I can recommend some very reliable groomers who can be trusted to enter your property and wash your pets and are very experienced.
I can also scan your pets microchip and assist you with updating paperwork for council if you need help.
If you want your dog to have a longer walk or a walk each day, I ask that you also book in the dog walking service for at least a couple of times in a week out of courtesy to bump up my fee slightly as my fees are currently very good value.