Even though you don’t want to go anywhere without your furry pet, sometimes you just have to leave them at home. Leaving your pet housed or in a boarding facility can be good, but finding a qualified and professional pet sitter is always a better option. If you really want to leave your pet in good hands, here are some tips on how you can find the best sitter for your pet.
Ask your veterinarian
There is no better place to get a recommendation than your vet’s office. Any professional and certified pet sitter has a support network and if they have a qualified vet in their list of recommendation then they must be really good. If your pet sitter works closely with your pet’s doctor, you know you can sleep peacefully knowing your furry friend will be well taken care of should there be a medical emergency. This is especially important if you have an older or special needs pet.
Ask them for references
A pet sitter with some experience should have a list of both regular clients and pet care services that are willing to vouch for them and their work. Feel free to speak to the references and ask all questions that are important for you.
Make a list of questions
There is a big list you can make for an interview with your potential pet sitter. Make sure to ask them about their qualifications and experience as well as the type of pets they usually sit for. It’s best if you can find a sitter who has experience with your type of pet. If the sitter usually works with small dogs and you have a Great Dane, do you think they can handle the challenge? You can also ask about the written proof of commercial liability insurance coverage in case of accidents and negligence, and check if they are insured in case of pet theft. Basically, you can ask all questions that you think are relevant to your pet’s wellbeing.
Double-check the contract
Your potential pet sitter will have a complete access to your home and your belongings as well as your pet, so take your time to carefully study the contract and make sure that all the discussed services have been included in the price.
Give them a tryout
After you’ve selected the potential pet sitter who meets all of your criteria, it’s time for your pet to give their seal of approval. This will give you a peace of mind and you will be sure that they get along with your pet. An experienced pet sitter will surely agree to visit your home a week in advance, so you can see how they interact with your dog and how your dog reacts to them. If their reaction is good, everything will be well when you leave the house too. Also, if animals generally love you and you think you have what it takes to be a pet sitter, there are many pet sitting jobs just waiting for you. The job carries many responsibilities, but it’s also super rewarding and fun.
Ask about their emergency plan
No matter how careful and thoughtful the pet sitter is, sometimes accidents just happen. That’s why you want to leave your pet with someone who is experienced and resourceful enough to protect your pet’s well-being. If you have an older dog or a dog with health issues, your sitter should document all medication, feeding and other health-related things. It’s also best if your sitter knows your veterinarian because in that case, your pet can get the best emergency care.
Finding a perfect pet sitter can be stressful, but these steps will make the process go a lot smoother. Remember to look for experience and professionalism, and you will surely not make a mistake.
Guest Post By: Diana Smith