Dog Buddy Match was created in 2015 with one simple goal in mind…pairing your dog with another dog that it could socialize and play with when you’re not home.
“Dog Buddy Match was born out of the desire to help other dogs and their owners find the same sort of arrangements for their dogs and, in doing so, help make the world a happier and better place for dogs – two at a time,” states the service’s website, www.dogbuddymatch.com.
“Many dogs suffer great distress when left alone for long periods of time, resulting in destructive or other problematic behaviors,” explains Dog Buddy Match founder Sam Lovett. “Since not everyone can afford dog daycare, dog sitting or dog boarding, we wanted to create a completely free alternative, and make it available to every dog owner nationwide.”
Lovett also says the free service may be used by neighbors who would like to trade boarding responsibilities, so each agrees to board the Other’s dog while away on vacation.
The service may also have the potential to increase pet adoptions.
“We also see Dog Buddy Match as a way to potentially greatly increase the number of dog adoptions across the country, because if people who perhaps don’t have a yard or wouldn’t want to leave a dog alone while they’re at work have a completely free alternative to those things, they are much more likely to adopt one,” says Lovett.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
First signup for a free account at http://www.dogbuddymatch.com/home to create a profile for your dog.
Search for potential Dog Buddy Matches in your area and connect with those dog owners by sending them a message.
Meet at 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 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 well with the first two meetings, a final meeting should be arranged and take place wherever the dogs will be spending their time together.
Dogbuddymatch.com offers some tips and suggestions for a successful match such as making sure you don’t settle for situations where the dogs just seem to tolerate each other, but rather look for matches where both dogs really like to spend time with each other.
The website also suggests not to hurry to make a match, and take the time to get to know the owners of any potential Dog Buddy Matches. And to clearly communicate any expectations or updates to your pickup schedules to the other owner.
Visit dogbuddymatch.com for more information.
“The act of engaging in a Dog Buddy Match with a neighbor, as well as searching for potential Dog Buddy Matches, helps neighbors and nearby dog owners get to know each other better, thereby strengthening the community as a whole,” said Lovett.