How to Find the Right Pet Sitter
Many families turn to pet sitters to look after their fur babies when they are unable to, as opposed to using a boarding kennel. Kennels can be quite stressful for dogs, they might come home with ticks and fleas and they are completely taken out of their familiar environments. With a pet sitter, your pup will have someone’s undivided attention, and they are less likely to feel lonely or anxious while you’re away. However, finding the right pet sitter often isn’t as easy as asking the nearest person. Just because someone is a good friend of yours doesn’t mean that they’ll necessarily be the best fit for watching your dog.
Since the safety of your dog(s) and home is involved, hiring just any pet sitter can be risky. You need to be able to trust the person. There are a few things to consider before making your decision, and we’re here to help you narrow down your search.
Referrals are the best way to find a reliable dog sitter. Ask your friends and family members if they have someone they can recommend or that they have used before. Ask for references from your pet sitter, or look at their website or social media pages. This will give you a good sense of what to expect from them.
It is always better to find a pet sitter in your area in order to save money and so they can get to your home quickly in an emergency. Find a pet sitter in your area on reputable websites like:
Before committing to a pet sitter, schedule a meeting to see how your dog connects with the person that will be looking after them. A pet sitter must spend one-on-one time with your dog(s) so it is important that they like this person and don’t show signs of nervousness around them. Keep in mind that you can never be 100% certain how your dog will react to them once they are alone, but a short playdate will give you a decent feel for whether this person will get along with your dog.
Honesty and Reliability
Honesty and reliability are key. You don’t want your pet sitter to skip a feeding, keep your dog cooped up inside, or not give them enough attention. Ask them to update you daily about how your dogs are doing. Most pet sitters do this as a part of their service and will send you pictures and an update after every visit.
Consider using a monitor to keep an eye on your dog(s) yourself, and call someone should there be any concerns. Choose one with two-way audio to allow you to speak to your dogs and curb their loneliness. This is also a good way to check on your pet sitter and have a quick conversation if need be.
The most important thing is to make sure that your dog is safe, well fed and has some form of company. A bored and lonely dog can be a very destructive one, so secure pet liability insurance before taking off so you are properly prepared. Also, find a pet sitter that is flexible enough to adjust to your dog’s specific routine and needs.
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