Meeting a new pet or a new buddy can be exciting but at the same time you might also wonder if you are ready to embark on the pet-sharing journey?
This is blog is ideal for both pet parents who are thinking of leaving their pet with a buddy and for buddies who are seeking furry companion this winter break.
Every dog and cat are different, some will happily accompany anybody on a walk and remain relaxed and mannered. Others may need to get to know their new human buddy for a longer period before it is safe and fun for them to go on a solo outing or home boarding. As for human buddy, interacting and handling different sizes, temperaments etc. can require some skills and time to feel comfortable and confident. We know this from our own pets to our foster pets and of course our member’s pets; they are all indeed different.
There is no right or wrong, but it is important to tick some key boxes before a buddy and furry ones go off on their first adventure.
Here are some important points to consider after you have completed your meet and greet:
- Buddy and 4-legged friend are both happy and relaxed around each other – the dog or cat recognizes and greets the buddy upon meeting. Some pets may choose not to approach and that’s okay too, as long as they aren’t showing signs of distress. Interactions should never be forced.
- The pet parent is happy and relaxed for the buddy to have control of the dog or cat.
- The dog is responsive to the buddy’s cue (we don’t like the word commands, just gives out a wrong vibe).
- Dog or cat and the buddy have experienced a few different scenarios together, for example (dog) meeting and greeting other dogs together, walking in the park (on and off lead if this is something the pet parent is happy with and there is designated area), walking on the road etc. And not to forget some dogs will need to be managed differently if they are sensitive or reactive. For example (cat) the buddy had the opportunity to look after him/her for a few hours or overnight, understands the routine and of course the cat’s personality.
- Both pet parents and buddy are confident that they are on the same page when it comes pet care and what is appropriate for this particular dog or cat.
- Buddy has written care instructions and advice from the pet parent, knows the procedure should veterinary care be required and has the owner’s full contact details and other important information.
When you have ticked all these boxes then you are definitely ready to go on a pet sharing adventure!