As we continue to return to a sense of normalcy, everyone is anxious to make up for their summer of cancelled vacations and getaways. As you plan your next few trips, consider looking into professional pet sitters to keep your dogs company during your time away from home. Continue reading to learn the best ways to go about finding the perfect pet sitter so that your dog is left in the most capable and caring hands!
The first thing you should do when beginning your pet sitter search, is to ask your trusted family, friends, neighbors, veterinarian or even your groomer for their recommendations. Another way to go about locating professional dog sitters is to visit pet sitter websites, such as Rover, where you’ll find profiles of sitters in your area that list how much they charge, their services offered, and reviews from clients. Listed below are various tips to consider when choosing your dog sitter:
- Double check the company’s references and make sure that they have at least three. Request references and give them a call to inquire about their experience.
- Verify that they are insured and fully bonded.
- Ensure that your sitter has undergone a background check and has received all necessary training.
- Host a pre-interview with a sitter and have your dog(s) present so you’re able to observe interactions and establish familiarity.
- Provide a detailed plan that outlines how you would like him/her to use their time and outline your usual dog care routine so that you’re both completely comfortable with every aspect of your dog’s care.
- Communication is important for peace of mind while on your vacation, so make certain your sitter and their company offers seven-day per week telephone and email availability. Some pet sitters are more than happy to provide photo and video updates for you while you’re away, so if this is something that’s important to you, inquire about this during your pre-interview.
- Gather all of your pets’ essentials and place them in an easy-to-find, central location including your dog’s food, vitamins, treats, medical/behavioral history, and veterinary/other emergency contact information.
- Be sure that the company that your pet sitter works for has “backup” plans, should your sitter have an emergency that prevents them from being able to care for your dog.
A few potential questions to ask your pet sitter during your pre-interview are:
- How do you get dogs to behave?
- Do you know the signs of an emergency?
- How long have you been a pet sitter?
- What would you do if you ran out of supplies during the time you were taking care of my dog?
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When pets are cared for in the client’s home and your dog is able to remain in the comfort of their own environment, this is what separates pet sitting care from boarders or doggy daycare. By keeping your pets at home with a professional pet sitter, your dog will not experience nearly as much stress due to the elimination of travel trauma for both you and your dog. Look into a professional pet sitter as you approach any upcoming travel plans this summer!
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