Would you trust a Pet Borrower? They don’t have experience and they are strangers you may say.
Summer is a busy time. You are planning to go on a holiday and are searching for a pet care. You don’t want a one off solution, as ideally you are planning to go on holidays in the future too. You want to find a safe pair of hands, someone reliable, flexible and someone you and your pet will be comfortable around. Not only once, but can potentially leave your pet with in the future, knowing that your pet is receiving regular routine and mostly important, love!
Where to start and how to trust a stranger?
Don’t judge before experimenting.
Start with meeting the Pet Borrower without any prearranged promises. During personal meeting you can get to know each other. See how it feels around the Pet Borrower. Trust your instinct and observations.
So, you registered on Share Your Pet (https://shareyourpet.co.uk), found local Pet Borrowers, read what they say on their profiles about the reasons why they want to try borrowing a pet. You exchanged messages and found a potential Pet Borrower. Great! Arrange a meeting!
Meeting a new person might seem like a doubting idea, but if you look at it from the perspective, that the meeting doesn’t lead to any obligations. After all, meeting a new person is not that scary, right?
It is very important to tell Pet Borrower as much information about your pet as possible. Talk about your pet’s behaviour, how it is with kids and other pets. What is the feeding schedule? What’s his favourite treats? What are house rules? What does your pet like, what doesn’t? What is he afraid of?
Be honest about any issues your pet may have, so the Pet Borrower understands your pet. May your dog become anxious, aggressive or unpredictable at its behavour? Ask how they would deal with the challenges and if they would deal with these challenges at all.
Meeting and greeting is a great way for observation! You can see if there is a bond between your pet and a new person.
If you have a dog, the best place for the meeting would be a neutral location to avoid a territorial dispute, especially if the Pet Borrower has their own pet. It is wise to introduce pets before sharing.
A walk might be the best solution here. It’s practical. During the walk you will have the opportunity to talk. Hand the lead to the Pet Borrower to give them a “trial run”. Encourage your dog to play with the Pet Borrower. That way you will be able to see if there are any problems in bonding or misunderstanding.
Cats and small animals
Meeting usually takes place at Pet Owner’s place. Make agreements concerning your Pet’s feeding requirements, discuss rules and your pet’s behavioural features.
Supervise your pet’s body language. Never force a pet into Borrower’s hands.
Don’t forget to discuss whether the pet is being looked after at your place or their own place. If it is your place, it is wise to explain which rooms pet is allowed in as well as the rooms the pet borrower is allowed to enter. If the keys are needed for this, please arrange a spare key in advance. Don’t leave a Pet Borrower in front of the locked door and/or your pet locked inside. Get them test the key, make them aware of home security if needs be and some essentials in the house they may need.
Always provide Pet Borrower with emergency contact number, the details of your vet, pet insurance and pet food.
After the meeting allow some time.
You don’t have to make a decision straight away.
You can always ask the perspective Pet Borrower some additional questions or you can meet another Pet Borrower. The choice is yours. When you meet the right person your heart will know.
Even if you feel you met the right Pet Borrower, it is wise to let them borrow your pet for 24 hrs prior to leaving it with a new person for a long time. Try sharing for a short time first for the peace of mind.
So would you Share Your Pet?
Register today on https://shareyourpet.co.uk