How to Find the Best Pet Sitter For You
There are many things to consider when you are looking for a pet sitter for your dog. If you go somewhere you can’t take your dog, an option is hiring a pet sitter.
Pet sitters care for your pet just as a babysitter cares for your child while you are gone. Pet sitters do much more than just providing food and water. A good pet sitter will look after your pet as you would yourself. A pet sitter will provide exercise, some playtime, some attention and also be aware if your pet needs veterinary attention.
People with particularly high maintenance pets will benefit from the services of a pet sitter.
Pet sitters will allow for the most positive experience your pets can have while you are away. Pet sitters offer the added advantage of allowing your pets to stay in their own environment while you are away. Your pet will be less stressed than if they where in a boarding place.
Pet sitters provide one on one attention and the special care that your beloved pet will require in your absence.
Hiring a pet sitter will not only give you peace of mind but will also save you worrying about your pet while you are away. Your home is also a lot safer. You have someone who will pick up the mail, water the plants and check on the general welfare of the entire home.
Its worth the expense for the added peace of mind and the comfort of your dog.
Finding the Right Sitter
If you are going through the trouble to pay someone to look after your pet and home while you are gone, you will want to spend some time choosing the best pet sitter for you and your pet.
You can start with an online search. You can also ask your Veterinarian for a reference. The vet often knows who the best pet sitter in the area is.
Make sure you see some qualifications.
Also make sure to ask for references and follow up. This is the best way to get some idea of how reliable your pet sitter is. References are the best way to gauge which is the best pet sitter for your home.
It’s best to line up a few different options. Arrange interviews with them all. Check to see how they interact with your animal. Many pet owners know that animals can be fussy too!
When interviewing your prospective pet sitter, it’s useful to see if the sitter asks a variety of questions too. The pet sitter should be interested in any medical conditions your pet might have, likes, dislikes allergies etc. If your sitter does not ask these questions, rather choose someone who is genuinely concerned about the well being of your pet.
When choosing a pet sitter you don’t want to take any chances. After all it’s not just your pet who is vulnerable it’s the entire contents of your home too!
You can make things a bit easier for your pet sitter too. Buying extra pet food and treats, leaving clear instructions and taking your pet for their regular checkups will ensure that things go smoothly. If you have a pet that is fussy or has a medical condition make sure you leave clear instructions for the sitter as to how to handle the situation.
Also if you have a complicated alarm system or security system make sure to explain clearly to the sitter how to get in and out, and how to secure the property in your absence. Leave a copy of your keys with a trusted neighbor and explain that you will be away. You can never have too many people keeping their eyes open.
Now that you know your pet and home are being well looked after, you can have a relaxed holiday. All that’s left to do is enjoy your vacation!
My Experience As a Pet Sitter
I have worked with companies like Wag!, Rover, and Care.com taking care of people’s dogs. I always do a meet-and-greet before the owners leave. This gives everyone a chance to talk and get to know each other, especially the dog! Some companies don’t require it, but it is essential that you engage with the owners and any questions they have.
While walking or pet sitting, I let the owners know what is going on and take pictures of their dogs enjoying time with me and send them to the owner. I’m always giving updates on how they are doing, how much they have been eating, and about their bowel movements (especially when it’s diarrhea).
I try to find the best activity for the dogs like if they like walking in a park, walking around the neighborhood, or just playing in the backyard. Running them around and make sure they get all their energy out before I leave them.
“A tired dog is a happy dog.”