Pet sitters do far more than just have food and water for your pet when you are gone. A successful pet sitter also spends quality time with your pet, exercises them, and knows how to tell whether your pet needs veterinary care.
Meet Your Dog Sitting Professional In Person
Meeting the person who will be responsible for your dog in person is a crucial step in finding a dog sitter. Look for someone who is animated, energetic, and obviously dedicated to dogs. Before accepting a booking, they must also meet your dog.
Previous Pet Sitting Experience
We understand that you might have a few sitters on your list that you’d like to explore further. The amount of information you are given varies between pet sitters, and this typically depends on whether they are a private service or use a pet sitting website to promote themselves.
The best thing to look for is prior experience handling animals, which does not have to be in its normal form. They may have simply looked after a friend’s cat, babysat their parents’ dog, or even served as a veterinarian. All of this combines into useful knowledge.
However, for most private sitters, pet care is their sole source of income. This means they’ll most likely have credentials, numerous reviews and testimonials, and, in some cases, the rates they charge would be listed on their website.
Ask About Emergency Plans
Accidents and mishaps occur, and you should choose someone who is knowledgeable and resourceful enough to protect your pet like you would. The prospective sitter should record medicine, eating, and other health-related cycles for older and special-needs pets. If assistance is needed, a robust veterinarian and/or partner pet sitter network should be available.
Have Your Dog Meet Them
Your consent is most important here, but your dog’s approval can be just as important. How will this arrangement work if your dog doesn’t like or get along with this person? Bring your dog to your interview session with the new sitter to see if they get along.
Understands Pet Behavior
The ideal pet sitter would be personable and understand how your pet acts. When you have a puppy, for example, they should be familiar with how a dog behaves. Furthermore, they should demonstrate a willingness to learn about your dog’s quirks: how it interacts with other pets, how it treats noise, and so on. Before you hire them, they should be familiar with your dog’s style, likes, dislikes, and fears.
Know that your pet sitter is meant to provide personal satisfaction when you are away; if you have any concerns about their ability to take care of your pet or have a strong suspicion, don’t hire them.
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