Clients often ask us what we do when we are hired for mid-day potty breaks. Our client’s concern is that their dog needs to go to the bathroom when they work long hours and are not able to make it home in the middle of their shift. Some questions we often get are: Are you there just to let them out to go potty? Do you play with them? Is it really worth it to pay someone to come let my dog out?
Let’s talk about puppies first. Puppies should never be left in a crate for extended periods of time. Your puppy is likely not able to hold their bladder for more than a couple hours. If you are crate training them, they will end up in a wet, dirty crate for HOURS without a break. This can also cause behavioral issues down the road. If you aren’t crate training your puppy you will come home to lots of potty spots to clean. Wouldn’t you rather come home after a long day at work and not be frustrated because you have to clean up a bunch of potty spots? Your puppy needs and deserves a break or two while you are at work. We understand that puppies tend to want to play rather than go potty. We make sure they go potty several times before we put them back in their crate. We also provide exercise and play time so they aren’t full of energy before leaving them alone for a couple more hours. Wouldn’t it be much better to have a sleeping puppy in a crate than one that is barking and trying to escape?
Now for adult and senior dogs. Adult and senior dogs can hold it for so long. Maybe 8 hours without feeling stressed about having to go to the bathroom. Our potty breaks are much more than just letting them out to go potty then leaving. We play with them, cuddle them, rub their bellies…whatever we need to do to make them feel comfortable and happy.
Bottom line is…if you are calling (or considering) a pet sitter for potty breaks, it’s probably a good thing for you and your dog. The peace of mind is worth it!
Check out our video on what happens when we provide mid day potty breaks…