Dog Sharing: Brilliant Idea or Problematic Lifestyle Choice?
The concept of dog sharing is not new. There are many stories from ancient times. For example, there was a story in the book “The Art of War” where Sun Tzu wrote about how the best way to win an engagement battle is to have a large number of soldiers stationed at different points around the battlefield so that if one side suddenly retreats, they will all follow them easily without any problems.
However, the idea of dog sharing is not new either. In fact it’s been practiced since antiquity. The Romans had their own system called “Puppy Love”. They would take puppies from families and give them away to friends and neighbors to enjoy.
The practice became popular again during World War II when many people were sent overseas and needed companionship. Dogs could provide such companionship because they are social animals. However, in recent years dog sharing has become more common due to the growing popularity of pet sitting services.
There are two main reasons why people choose to share their pets with others: 1) they want someone else to look after their pet while they’re out of town; or 2) they don’t feel like dealing with caring for a pet themselves and prefer having someone else do it for them. While there are many pet sitting services out there, not all of them are created equal. First of all, you need to do your research and see if the company you’re looking into is real or if it’s a scam. If it’s a scam, it could be anything from just running off with your money to something more sinister.
Once you’ve established that the company is real, you’ll need to fill out a detailed questionnaire about information pertaining to your pet. This includes: your pet’s name, age, breed, medical history, daily routine, things it’s afraid of, foods it eats, and length of time it can go without eating.
Once the information has been submitted you will be matched with suitable sitters in your area. The pet sitting process will take about 3 to 5 days if your pet is a new client. During this time you should meet the pet sitter in person and go over the rules and regulations of having your pet stay with them. You should also have contact information for the sitter just in case any problems arise while your pet is staying with them.
Most pets are happy to stay with a sitter because they get plenty of love and attention. Even shy or more introverted animals have been known to open up after a few hours. Most pets simply get used to being without their pet parents for a few days and have little to no adjustment period.
Dog sharing is becoming more and more popular. Many people enjoy the benefits while others don’t like the hassle of having to care for another living thing. It’s all a matter of personal preference and how you want to live your life. If you would like to learn more about dog sharing or start a pet sitting business of your own, feel free to contact us today!
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