More information on pet sitting in general.
Watching after a client's pets while they are away on a trip is a fun, rewarding experience. This job, which has traditionally been entrusted to a neighbor or a boarding facility requires much more than you may realize. Whether you choose Canine Adventure or another pet sitting service for your next trip, there are some things that you should take the time to consider. -Is your pet sitter bonded, licensed, and insured?
Surprisingly, many are not. If the pet sitter you've chosen doesn't take their job seriously enough to run their business legally and protect themselves from unexpected occurrences and accidents, how likely are they to take their pet sitting assignment seriously? -Is your pet sitter experienced with your animal?
Having a pet sitter who is a "regular" when you go out of town is a huge plus. Not only does your dog respond better to a familiar person, but that familiar person also knows the ins and outs of daily life for your dog, including normal behavior patterns, favorite activities, and obedience challenges. If you have chosen a new pet sitter, they should strive to develop a bond with your dog and share with you how well they get along together.
Furthermore, breed specific knowledge is important. Ideally, your pet sitter will be experienced in the breed of dog you own. Some types of dogs tend toward specific health problems, so at a minimum, your sitter should be prepared to discuss these issues with you and adjust handling appropriately.
-Does your sitter have appropriate redundancies in place?-Does your pet sitter have a plan for proper exercise?
What happens if your pet sitter has car trouble? What about personal emergencies? These things happen. A good pet sitter will have someone who can back them up and ensure that your pets don't suffer just because the sitter has encountered a problem.
At a minimum, your dog should have regular walks that fit the schedule they're used to. Dogs who spend many hours alone get bored, frustrated, and destructive. Your pet sitter should provide ample opportunities for exercise and stick to a routine. If the routine isn't providing the satisfaction that your dog needs, your pet sitter should be willing and able to give them longer walks, more playtime, and the extra attention that they need.-What if your dog gets sick or injured?
Does your pet sitter have a plan? Have they shared this with you? Your dog's health and safety should be the top priority while you are away. Injuries and sickness will occur at some point. You should have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your pet's health will be closely monitored while you're away. -Are you training obedience with your dog?
The answer is probably a resounding yes! Your pet sitter should have the basic knowledge to continue this training while you're away. It's important that the sitter you've chosen discuss behavior problems, what to discourage and what to reinforce, and meet the challenges you face with the experience and confidence necessary to keep your pup going in the right direction.-Are the lines of communication open between you and your pet sitter?
-Is your pet sitter overbooked?
Holidays and certain times of year are very busy for the pet sitting profession. As a pet sitter, it's easy to bite off more than you can chew during a busy weekend. Ask about other assignments that your sitter has already scheduled or assignments that your sitter will likely take on while watching over your pets. At best, an overbooked sitter will provide a rush job. At worst, the house of cards they've built will come crumbling down in the smallest of storms. Your pet will suffer either way.-Has your pet sitter done their homework?
Like any other career path, pet sitting involves continuing education. Many sitters and businesses are members of professional organizations and are eager to share this with you. It gives them the perception of legitimacy. The reality is that it costs a small sum of money to join a professional organization, but there are few (if any) other requirements. Yes, a member gets newsletters and has access to many resources that can help them better do their job, but just about any idiot can join if they fork over the cash.
These days, continuing education is a must for any career. Look for, or ask about, certifications or accreditations earned by your pet sitter. Don't be shy with regard to asking specifically about the requirements to attain said certificates. A good pet sitter will have worked hard to earn their certificates and will be eager to share that with you.