David and Hannah from David Cuffe Associates have woofed again, this time telling us about what information we should sniff out from our new friends when BorrowMyDoggy members em-bark on a ‘Welcome Woof.’ We absowoofly love what they have written below, and will definitely be following their pawsome advice when we meet new poochy pals :)
When meeting for the first few times it is helpful to have a list of things to discuss between dog owner and borrower. Having written information to refer to ensures that all points are covered by the owner and also gives the borrower something to keep, as it can be difficult to remember absolutely every point you discuss. Some topics to cover:
- Is the owner happy for the dog to be walked off lead in an enclosed park? Obviously this would not be recommended until the borrower and the pooch know each other as well as possible and there is a firmly established recall command between them. Please also note that BorrowMyDoggy require a written consent form, signed by both parties before any dogs are walked off lead by the borrower.
- How does the dog interact with other dogs? Are there certain dogs they don’t get on with (some can be very picky or affected by an experience in the past.
- How is the dog with children?
- How is the dog with other animals? Do they like to chase squirrels, cats or postmen?
- What is a normal period of exercise?
- Are they allowed on the furniture? What other ‘house rules’ does the owner enforce at home and will you be able to retain consistency in your home? Consistency is key, to avoid confusion for the dog, they won’t necessarily appreciate that one person may have one set of rules and one person another.
- What is their diet - are they allowed treats? Remember that any sudden change of diet can affect digestion in a negative way, so it is important if feeding the dog to stick to the diet the owner has provided.
- Any health issues? Are they fully vaccinated and up to date with flea and worm treatment?
- Their insurance? - What it covers and who it is with.
- Who is their vet, where are they located and what is their phone number? It is also a good idea for the dog owner to let their veterinary surgery know when a new person, be it a family friend, neighbour or borrower will be looking after their dog, to have their name on file at the surgery (the owner will have to ok the person to sign a consent form on their behalf), and also to arrange with both the person taking care of the dog and with the vet beforehand who will be responsible for paying the bill, in the unlikely event that there is some need for veterinary care while the dog is in another persons care. It pays to be prepared.
- Of course, you can always phone Cuffe Vets at any time if you require veterinary advice on the run, we are always happy to oblige (as much as we can without having the animal’s case history on file). Even if it is helping you to find the closest veterinary surgery to your location or arranging an animal ambulance, we are happy to help.
You can read the rest of the blogs from David and Hannah here:
New family members
Introducing your dog to a potential borrower
Tips for Bonding with your BFF - Best Furry Friend
7 Ways to know when you're ready
Tips for dogs at Christmas and New Year