Jessi shares some tips for when you need to have your animal companion cared for by a trusted pet sitter.
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every once in a while it just needs to be done whether you're going on a business trip or a family emergency comes up or you're just going on vacation you need someone else to watch your animals for you it can be hard on everyone involved so here are some tips to help reduce the stress on everybody auguste and i recently took a trip to Southern California to attend VidCon and we left the animals in the hands of two of our trusty interns it was quite the lengthy process to get them educating all the detailed animal care that needed to be tended to while we are away to help out we left behind a detailed protocol for the entire day as well as detailed diet protocols for each individual animal I was also on call almost constantly to make sure that I could answer questions about animal behavior or troubleshoot if a problem did arise while the average pet owner won't need to go to the same lengths as we do there are some basic similarities between the two I'm going to cover the most commonly kept pets cats and birds they do best care for in their own home dogs small mammals and reptiles can be cared for in the sitter's home for the animal owner number one make a list of your pets essentials so you don't forget anything in the rush of leaving this includes food enclosure feeding dishes sleeping arrangements outdoor equipment toys and medicine food make sure that you provide enough for every single day that you'll be gone plus two days in case of delays or spillage enclosure if your pet is a small mammal or a reptile their entire home should go with them if it's a reptile make sure you include their heating and light systems food and water dishes animals can have a preference of what they eat and drink from especially if they're in a strange home send these with them sleeping arrangements having their own crate blanket or pillow is a must for dogs it gives them a piece of their home to curl up with if they don't have a bed at home leave one of your shirts that has been worn have a pet sitter lay it where they're gonna be sleeping at night the smell will give them comfort outdoor equipment if your animal is accustomed to going outside make sure you provide their safety equipment like harness and leash toys familiar toys are great for pets heirs to offer animals to help engage play it'll help the animal feel more comfortable by bringing out memorable and happy behaviors medicine just like with their food make sure that you have enough medicine to provide for every single day that you're gone plus two days for backup number two write a detailed note for the pet sitter the person caring for your animal is going to need to know what to expect so don't write a novel but list out the special needs and unique behaviors that make your animal who they are include your animals name and daily routine for example Rubies morning wakes up at 6 a.m. needs a long run followed by breakfast she eats too fast so make sure she's fed in her slow eating bowl also included in the note a list of names and emergency contacts Jerian trusted friend neighbor in case the pet sitter can't reach you if something happens and finally a short description of your animals normal behaviors so your sitter can better judge what your animals feeling and act accordingly for example Molly's going blind and deaf she'll randomly smell something and go into a barking frenzy which will stop as abruptly as it started this is her normal for pet sitters first off let me say thank you so much you guys are wonderful having someone that you can trust to care for your pet companion is essential for responsible pet ownership so thank you for being awesome for those of you that are taking an animal into your home tip number one meet the animal in their own home if possible it will help the animal immensely to have a familiar face being in a strange place is scary having someone or something to cling to is priceless to give the animals space some dogs may be very scared at first earning their trust will help them get more comfortable more quickly let them check out their new surroundings they need to explore the whole house letting them check out their new space before you force your presence on them will help prevent them from feeling overwhelmed stay quiet and wait for them to show you that they're ready to interact with you once it happens offer them treats to show them that you're their friend number 3 follow their home routine as closely as possible all animals thrive on routine dogs will need to know where they're expected to pee and poop probably do this before they need to go in the morning and number 4 exercise is very important take dogs for runs and play with them with their favorite toys small mammals will need their running wheel accessible at all times they don't have a running wheel get them out and about at least once a day on that note make sure that your house is appropriate for the animals safety it's a whole house doesn't work sometimes your writing just one room is safer and more comfortable for an animal and now for pet sitters who are caring for animals in the animals home these are for you the same floor tips apply but here's some more details dogs may be territorial if you're a complete stranger so meeting them in the presence of their owner often tells them that you're safe for cats watch them interact with their owners so you know what to expect are they aloof and shy are they lap snugglers are they head butters or do they only allow three to have pets before they attack so you better stop at three unless you want to leave a scarf and cats will leave space to run around best give them full access to all the spaces that they're used to for birds understand that they might not accept your friendly advances work with the owner to make sure that you can care for their knee most importantly give them their space so they will need room to stretch their wings if their cage isn't large enough so talk with their owner to learn the best ways to allow this to happen and finally reptiles can stress out easily and they do well not being taken out or handled for a week or two so just provide their regular light heat and feeding routine thank you guys for watching I hope you found the recommendations helpful and all the animals out there are thankful for your thoughtfulness for their happiness if you would like to go on an adventure with us every week subscribe to our YouTube channel animal wonders Montana or if you have any questions you can leave them below or find me on Twitter Tumblr and Facebook thanks foraging for food is an easy one to think about but how can we get them to forage you can use a piece of paper simply put the piece of paper over their food dish and let them figure out how to get to the food