We would love a dog of our own, but we travel too much. However, since becoming homesitters, we get our ‘dog fix’ every winter and all the assignments we do involve looking after dogs.
According to thebeachguide.co.uk Cornwall has the largest number of dog friendly beaches in England, with 51 beaches where dogs are allowed, followed by Devon with 35 and Dorset with 23.
The programme highlighted that since 2013, 5,000 dogs have been reported stolen in England and Wales, however, dog theft campaigner, Debbie Matthews suggested the figure could be much higher.
These long sits are usually when a property is going through probate, renovations, construction work and/or changes of ownership, just like in John’s situation, they want to make sure the property stays safe and secure, and squatters don't move in.
Keeping busy in retirement can also be key to keeping happy and healthy. According to Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, working longer could improve the health of people in their 50s, 60s and 70s.
Our homesitters are prepared for all eventualities and no homesit is ever the same. Some though are more unusual than others and can involve looking after unfamiliar animals or doing something unexpected – such as working at a hedgehog sanctuary!
Being left alone can have a negative effect on dogs. 40% of the survey respondents admitted their pet has shown signs of distress including barking, whimpering and destroying furniture when they have been left on their own.
All puppies need some basic training and attending puppy training classes is something owners should consider. It helps their dog socialise, learn commands like come, sit and stay, and for them, it’s a chance to meet other local dog owners.
People in professions such as the police retire relatively young at 60 years old and while some want to put their feet up, others prefer to stay busy and active. One option that suits retired police officers particularly well is to become a homesitter.
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