When I watch someone else's dog, I want to know what is normal for the dog? How many times a day does he poop and when. What is the normal consistency of the poop for this dog. Is the dog prone to upset stomachs and if so is anything given - medicine or special diet? I want all the veterinarians' contact information. I want to know if the dog is allowed any human food, or treats other than the dogfood provided. I want to know exact amounts of food given to the dog.
I have to change the routine to fit my own routine - example: Visiting dog eats the same time my dog eats. Gets play time with my dog and individual playtime. I like to know what commands the dog knows and what words or signals are used. I like to know where the dog prefers to sleep, if he needs a crate, or can be trusted alone in the house.
You cannot give too much information. Definitely try to visit ahead of time, so Titan is comfortable and knows you are coming back. Have your directions typed up ahead of time, so if the sitters have questions, they can ask, before you leave.
Titan will be fine. Dogs are very adaptable. He will be ecstatic to see you, after the 7 months, but he will settle in fine, while you are gone.
Stay safe. Take good care of you. Trust the people who are taking care of Titan. If they are dog people, they will do fine. If training gets rusty, you can fix it when you get back.
Natty Boh 6-27-12
Annie 1998 - 8-2-12 RIP
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