Why would we hire a pet sitter instead of boarding our pets or putting them into pet hotels?
Hiring a pet sitter helps to keep your pets comfortable in their own home, keeps them on their eating, exercise and sleeping routine, and keeps them from being exposed to other peoples pets that you don’t know the history of. it also gives them one on one attention that they normally get as well. also the cost is pretty comparable!
Where do you find a reliable pet sitter?
The best sources are your vet, your dog trainer, but there is also an amazing site out there called dog vacay. it is very similar to a childrens babysitter site or app. it shows you available pet sitters in your area, reviews for them, references, and allows you to meet with them with your pet before ever hiring them for an “interview.” that way you can see how your pet interacts with the potential sitter. www.dogvacay.com
What questions should you be asking a potential pet sitter?
- Can the pet sitter provide written proof that she has commercial liability insurance (to cover accidents and negligence) and is bonded (to protect against theft by a pet sitter or her employees)?
- What training has the pet sitter completed?
- Will the pet sitter record notes about your pet—such as his likes, dislikes, fears, habits, medical conditions, medications, and routines?
- Is the pet sitter associated with a veterinarian who can provide emergency services?
- Will the pet sitter provide you with the phone numbers of other clients who have agreed to serve as references?
- Will the pet sitter provide related services such as in-home grooming, dog walking, dog training and play time?
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