How it works
3 simple steps
Step 1 - Sign up
Sign up and create a profile for your dog.
Step 2 - Search
Start searching for potential Dog Buddy Matches in your area.
Step 3 - Connect
When you find a potential Dog Buddy Match, send them a message.
Find a potential match?
Great! The next step is to arrange “3 to See”
3 prior meetings to see if the dogs are a good match before leaving them alone together.
Meet in a local park or other neutral area to give your dog and their potential new Dog Buddy a chance to get to know each other, and for you to get to know the other owner a bit.
If all goes well with the first meeting, a second meeting should be arranged and take place wherever the dogs will be spending their time together.
If all went goes well with the first two meetings, a final meeting should be arranged and take place wherever the dogs will be spending their time together.
Keys to Successful Dog Buddy Match arrangements
Some dogs become instant friends and some take a little longer. Either way, don’t settle for situations where the dogs just seem to tolerate each other. Look for potential matches with dogs who your dog has fun with or seems to really like and who seem to feel the same way about your dog. You want to know that your dog is safe and having fun with a buddy while you’re at work or school, so you don’t have to worry about them.
Don’t be in a hurry to make a match. Take the time to really get to know the owners of any potential Dog Buddy Matches and for your dog to really get to know any other dogs you are considering as a potential match.
When you find a great Dog Buddy Match for your dog, and made arrangements for them to spend time together, make sure expectations are clearly defined.
Example: I'll drop my dog off at 8am and pick him up by 5pm Monday through Friday. In exchange, your dog is welcome to come spend time in our backyard with our dog on the weekends.
If you ever need to make changes to the arrangement, make sure to communicate those clearly to the other owner.
Keep in mind that a Dog Buddy Match is a privilege, not a right, and always treat it as such. Make sure to stick to agreed upon arrangements and schedules. If you’re ever going to be late, call and let the other dog’s owner know. Don’t assume, don’t presume and don’t ruin a good thing for your dog by being constantly being late picking them up. Be considerate and be respectful.