Pet-proofing for boarding and daycare

Pet-proofing for boarding and daycare


Have you recently joined Pawshake as a pet sitter and ticked the boxes that say ‘doggy daycare’ and ‘home boarding’? 

You’re in for fun times…but remember, having a pet stay with you isn’t a simple matter of joining Pawshake and mindlessly taking in cute dogs and cats. There’s specific planning and preparation involved in having a pet come to stay: even more than if you are visiting pets in their homes or house sitting.

Remember that a pet is a precious family member to your Pawshake client and as such should be treated like one of your own. You are responsible for their health, happiness and well-being during the whole stay.

Fear not though, pet boarders! Work your way carefully through this checklist and you’ll be good to go.

1) Know your local laws. 

It is the responsibility of each Pawshake pet sitter to comply with local laws and regulations when boarding or caring for pets at home. Do your research and ring your local council for clarification on what specific requirements you may need to fulfill. Check out our guide to the various Codes of Practice here. 

2) Follow the right steps all the way to the booking

This means – making contact through the site, having a good solid meet and greet between all furry guests before the stay (and maybe even a trial pet-sit – it’s worth doing to make sure the guest pet is happy in their new environment) and never accepting cash so that your furry client is fully insured.

It’s a good idea to create a checklist for every pet owner: including exchanging emergency contact numbers, checking up on vaccination and microchip information and all of the usual important questions to ask before a stay. 

3) Fully prepare your house for your furry visitors

After you complete step one and chat with your local council, you’ll soon realize there are really clear guidelines for a home boarding set-up. Some of these may include:

  • A clean, dry space for your pets to sleep
  • Access to fresh water and meals
  • Medications provided by your client always ready to be administered if necessary 
  • Access to a local veterinary clinic should the need arise (always have the contact details of a nearby emergency vet on hand)
  • Secure, high fencing with zero chance of digging under, leaping over or breaking through
  • All choking or poisoning hazards locked up and out of reach

Flimsy fence? Gap under the gate? Furry guest that has a gift of jumping high? DO NOT chance it.

4)  Know when enough is enough.

Many problems can be avoided by having less pets come to stay! This will depend on your set-up and sitting situation, but we urge you to be conservative when taking bookings for pets to stay over. Know your limits in experience and in your home.

If you have too many enquiries coming in for boarding and don’t want to say no, offer home visits instead. But less at once is definitely more – Pawshake is all about one-on-one attention and care, not lots of dogs and cats in cramped conditions.

5)  Have a plan in case of emergency

Chances are, things will be smooth sailing for you (this is usually how it rolls!) But always have a plan of attack if somewhere were to go wrong. Spend some time thinking of all the hypotheticals that could arise - everything, from fire, to flood, to a pet escaping - and have a step-by-step process in place for what you would do if this were to happen. You’re your own boss, so be confident and know the drill!

6) Keep in touch

It’s important to send daily updates of your furry guests to your clients – a quick picture can make all the difference to anxious pet parents! But also, be observant and be sure to share any concerns or issues immediately. We’re here to help too, all day and night – so don’t be afraid to reach out! 

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