How To Choose A Pet Sitter
Word of mouth is a powerful thing, and the best advice for choosing a pet sitter could come from someone you know. Have your neighbors, friends or family ever hired a pet sitter? If so, ask them who they hired and how they liked the services. Also, ask your pet’s veterinarian for recommendations.
Many professional pet sitters will have a website to showcase their services, and they might even have some online ratings. Read ratings carefully, and check out any testimonials listed on their website. Use any available ratings, testimonials and references as a way to narrow down your search for a pet sitter.
2. Inquire About Qualifications and Experience
While pet sitters are not required to have any qualifications, a professional pet sitter takes their business seriously and will have a few credentials. These noteworthy credentials will likely be listed on the pet sitter’s website. Check there first or ask if the pet sitter has taken any classes or is part of any professional pet sitter organizations. Some professional organizations include National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International. Look to see if the pet sitter is qualified in pet CPR. Also, the pet sitter should be bonded and insured. In the event there is an injury or damage sustained, proper bonding and insurance will cover these things.
In general, pet sitters offer a core set of services. They offer your pets food, water and affections. However, they should also be able to administer any necessary medications. They should also have on file your veterinarian’s name and consent to take your pet to the veterinarian in the event of an emergency. If your pet needs to be walked, a pet sitter can provide this service. Aside from taking care of your pets, many pet sitters also offer to turn the blinds, bring in the mail and water your indoor plants while you are away. Most importantly, a pet sitter should leave a report card for each visit. Anything that the pet sitter did should be recorded on the report card, from walks to petting.4. Ask Questions
Not all pet sitters are created equal. Make sure you know the pet sitter’s policies for the following:
– What happens if the pet sitter is ill? Is there a well-trained replacement available?
– Will the same pet sitter be coming for each visit?
– What will happen with the house key once the service contract has ended?
– Will the sitter bring anyone else to the visit, such as friends or children?
– What are the payment methods?
5. Trust your gut. Do your pets seem calm and relaxed around the sitter? Or anxious and agitated?
Choosing a pet sitter can be hard work because your are trusting this person to come into your home and take care of your pets. However, if you find positive testimonials and make sure the pet sitter is bonded and insured, your pet will be in good hands while you are away. We had amazing luck using Rover and following this process. Click here for $30 worth of free credit to use toward your next visit! Once you have chosen a pet sitter, you will likely return to their services time and time again. Use the tips above to choose a pet sitter who fits your needs!