Look around a bit
Based on your profile we’ll show you the members who are near you. We suggest reaching out to several people as both dogs as well as humans benefit from social interaction.
Meet up in person
Go on a ‘Welcome Walk’ to get to know each other at a local park. We recommend members ask lots of questions and build trust before a dog is taken care of by another dog lover.
Meet at a public park
We recommend introducing dogs at a public park or going for a walk together. Meet in a neutral space where neither dog feels protective of the territory. Do some activities your dog loves while you are together. Also, if the owner allows it, bring along some treats.
Go over dog's habits
Ask the owner lots of questions, learn what the dog likes and dislikes. It is crucial for everyone, especially the dogs, to be comfortable and happy. Also, be courteous when asking people to care for your dog. Don’t overdo it - ask of others what you would want for yourself.
Consider a home visit
Before an overnight stay, it is good to do a home visit so the dog is more relaxed when staying there. While away from their owner, dogs enjoy having a familiar smell around like a t-shirt or blanket. Try to return the favor - remember that reciprocity is what makes the Paw community so wonderful!
Be mindful of anxiety
Should a dog experience separation anxiety, consider positive reinforcement by leaving treats or special toys when they are alone. If the dog is crate-trained that might help keep them calm or leaving a TV on.
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