The Art of Observation in Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

In our business, the art of being observant is key to us providing the kind of care your pet needs while you are away.  I consider observation an art because, as it is with listening, not everyone is good at it and it’s a skill that takes time to develop.  All of us at Manitowoc Pet Sitters are well practiced at more than “just” feeding, watering and exercising your pets.  Because animals cannot speak our language, we are also experts at observing your furry family members for clues about their physical and emotional well-being. Here is a partial list of the things I watch out for during every visit I spend with your pets:

Their breathing,

The position of their heads,

Their gait,

How they go up and down the stairs,

and How they eat and drink.

Observing your pet’s behavior is absolutely critical because problems sometimes surface when an animal’s owner is away.  I know that my first visit with an animal can be somewhat different from what he/she is used to so I always take that into consideration when analyzing a pet’s actions during my initial visit with him/her.  After an animal has gotten to know me, however, I can usually spot when something is wrong with the pet’s behavior and might indicate the animal is experiencing some sort of distress.  While I don’t tell my clients when they should take their pets to a veterinarian, I do always share my detailed observations with them.

If a pet is in the care of Manitowoc Pet Sitters for a long or short period of time and we notice that something non-life threatening is wrong with the way he/she is behaving, we always try to contact the animal’s owner before transporting the pet to the appropriate vet.  When a medical emergency presents itself which makes it critical for us to get a pet to a vet as soon as possible, we always do what’s in the animal’s best interest and transport the pet to the vet ASAP regardless of whether or not we’ve contacted his/her owner.  Because time is sometimes of the essence in instances like these, we thoroughly discuss these scenarios with our prospects during Meet & Greets.  It’s also why we have such a thorough vet release that each of our clients must sign prior to us assuming responsibility for their pets.

Basically, observation is what enables us to provide the best possible care for your pets.  Being in contact with our human clients after every visit we share with their pets is a big part of the art of observation because sometimes a behavior we see can be informative to pet owners and alert them to a possible health issue affecting their pets.  Of course, our constant availability and willingness to communicate with pet owners about any issue regarding their furry friends is another big part of the art of observation so please don’t hesitate to contact us…ever!