While dog sitting in Mesa AZ, I occasionally get inquiries from pet parents who are looking for just one visit per day. The pet parent explains that their pet only eats once per day so they only request one dog sitting visit per day. There are many reasons why your pet needs multiple visits per day (at least 2), while you are on vacation or business trip.
Social creatures long for companionship
They get bored
They get anxious when they haven’t seen their human (or any other) for long periods of time
Pets thrive on routine
Pet safety and home safety
Dogs are very social creatures and thrive on the companionship of their humans. When dogs are used to seeing their human in the morning and evening, they get stressed when they wake up and no one is around. Even if you have a shy or timid dog, having a sitter visit more often will help that shy or timid dog warm up to the sitter quicker and the faster the sitter will be able to play with and exercise your dog so they don’t feel anxious or abandoned.
You never know what they will get into when left alone for long periods of time. A visit in the morning and evening will help quickly assess whether your pet requires medical attention. See pictures below. Multiple visits per day will allow your sitter the opportunity to assess the situation and clean up the mess so your dog doesn’t have another opportunity to ingest something they shouldn’t.
The images below are dogs who “Never get into trouble or harm themselves when we are away.” This goes to show that you never know what your dog is going to do when left alone for long periods of time.
The one wearing socks chewed his legs raw because he was anxious that mom and dad were away.
The other is two dogs that got into the treat stash mom had in her closet. One was so sick she had to have rice and chicken for breakfast and lunch to alleviate the diarrhea. YES, the sitter cooked chicken and rice for the dogs to help make them feel better 🙂
If your dog doesn’t have a doggy door, THREE visits per day is optimal. This way they get their breakfast, mid day potty break and dinner. Did you know that exercise and walks are included in our pricing structure?
If your dog is crated during your absence, AT LEAST THREE visits per day are REQUIRED. Pets should never be left alone in a crate for more than 8 hours at a time. Puppies even less! Your dog needs to have ample time out of their crate to play, stretch and exercise. Your pet should ALWAYS have access to water. Which means they need a water dish in their crate and will need to go potty. Dogs that have been crate trained will not want to eliminate in their crate and it adds additional stress to your pet when they have to hold their bladder for long periods of time.