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Any tips for finding a good dog-sitter?
We're going on a trip in a few weeks and it'll be the first time we leave Muthu with a sitter. We took a trip once before but were able to leave him with my in-laws.
Anyways, we interviewed our first potential sitter today. We met her in a dog park to see if Muthu and her dachshund would get along. The dachshund started lunging and growling at Muthu the second he saw him. After seeing this, my husband left with Muthu while I tried to talk to the dog-sitter. She said that her dog was just excited to be at the dog park and that he would calm down. Not only did he not calm down, but she kept trying to get him to sit and he refused to for over 5 minutes. I was surprised because not only did she not apologize, but she did not seem to think that there was anything abnormal about this. Needless to say, I informed her that we wouldn't be needing her services.
I have a few more interviews scheduled, and I'm really hoping to find someone who doesn't have dogs and won't mind sitting for Muthu in our house. After today's incident, I'm really antsy about the idea of leaving Muthu alone with a dog he doesn't know that well for 4 days. How do you guys find reliable and safe pet sitters? What are things I should be looking for (especially red flags)?