How to Choose A Pet Sitter

Do you feel like you can’t travel or commit to plans because you have pets at home?

Hiring a pet sitter can help free up your schedule so that you have more freedom. With a house sitter, you can feel free to travel or maintain a flexible schedule while your furry kids will still receive their necessary care and attention.

You should be careful when choosing an animal caretaker, as this is someone you will need to trust to access your home while you aren’t available. Your dog walker will need to be someone you are comfortable with providing care for your beloved animals.

When you find that you need a pet sitter, your initial idea may be to ask your family, friends or neighbors to care for your animals, but this is not always a good idea. While your family or neighbors may already know your pets, they do not necessarily have the time or experience to care for them properly.

The best option for you and your pet is to choose a professional pet sitter or dog walker. These professional care takers have tons of experience with various animals, and are generally well educated about care guidelines and behavior. Additionally, they have flexible schedules so they can easily bend to fit your pets needs. Ideally, your chosen sitter should work for a professional company that is licensed and insured, and your pet sitter should be able to provide you with references.

Your caretaker should be someone that is warm and caring, and that can understand your pets needs and behavior. They should be someone who is responsible, ideally with first-aid or pet cpr experience.

When you find someone, you should provide them with a house key so that they can access your pets while you are away. You should also provide them with contact information, alarm codes if needed, and emergency information. If your pet has medication or special needs, you should inform your pet sitter about these things in full.

Some pet sitting companies will allow you to have a free introductory visit with your local professional in order to ensure that they are a good match for your pet. This is an opportunity for you to interview the pet sitter, and decide if you are comfortable with working with this person. Professional companies usually provide background checks before hiring, and so you should not have to worry about your property being in danger. It is always helpful to ask for references, or ask your local caretaker how long they have been working and what they are most experienced with.

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