What To Consider Before Getting A Pet Sitter?

  • 08/08/2018

When we have a pet in our home, we tend to care for it the similar way we tend to care for our baby. It is very necessary to take care of the animals properly since they are fragile. However, one thing that everyone should be aware of is, you need to offer proper time and care to your pets. It is quite obvious that you won’t be able to provide sufficient time for them if you are working. Most of the people tend to hire pet sitting companies who can take your pets for long evening walks, vacation sitting and so on.

Companies such as Buckhead Paws offer a wide range of these services, so you might as well consider hiring them. Your pet sitter should feed your pet, clean them, take them on walks when you’re away at work. Nevertheless, there are a few things to consider before you hire someone as a pet sitter

1.      Search for the right sitter

When you are setting out on your journey to find the pet sitter, ensure that you ask for referrals from everyone you know. If any of your nearby has hired a pet sitter you can ask them for suggestions. You can even ask your pet’s doctor and trainer for referrals. If you search in internet for “pet services near me”, you will get a lot of options. Thus, you can choose accordingly.

2.     Qualifications and training

You should, at first, take into consideration a number of pet sitters and not just one. Make sure that you proceed by conducting an interview with them. For you may not just gradually hand over your pet to someone unreliable. When you set up the interview, do not miss out on any matter that concerns you about them. You can ask them about their past experiences, how many and what kind of pets they’ve cared for. Also, do not forget to look whether they have received any particular training for pet sitting or not. You may consult with the pet sitter, if your pet has any behavioral problems. This way, your pet sitter will comfortably manage your pet when they are away.

3.     Communication

When you are away at work, how will your pet sitter contact you? The most common factor is that the people tend to keep a daily check on their pets. You should always look into hiring someone who will efficiently keep you updated about the daily activities of your pet when you are away. This way, you will be at the peace of your mind. There are several pet sitters who just make a record of the eating habits, activities and mood of the pets for you. However, there are other pet sitters who keep you updated about your pet by sending you photographs. You may choose anyone that best suits your requirements.

4.     Services and Fees

Do not forget that fees have an important role to play between you and your pet sitter. You should clearly look into the matter about what your pet sitter has to provide. Then you can choose accordingly. You should clearly ask your pet sitter a list of questions before you choose the pet sitter. This list of questions can include

  • For how many hours will your pet sitter be available to look after your pet?
  • How many visits will they pay in a day?
  • Will the sitter groom and take your dogs for walks?
  • Will the pet sitter take up the various accidental responsibilities?
  • Will the pet sitter be with your pet until you are home when you get late?

There is nothing wrong in being concerned about the safety of your pet. You should ask them without being hesitant. After knowing what they can provide and what they cannot, you can decide their fees.

5.     Insurance and Bonding

Like every other job, a license is a must for becoming a pet sitter. When you are hiring a pet sitter, you are looking into the complete protection for your pet. By this we mean, your pet sitter should take all the responsibilities of your pet, when you are away. Thus, you should ensure that your pet sitter provides you with an insurance. This insurance must be a written one which contains details about commercial liability for accidents. They must also be able to provide bonding to ensure protection against any kind of theft.

6.     References and Interactions

As mentioned earlier, you cannot just place your pets into the hands of someone who is unreliable. When you have decided on hiring a particular pet sitter, make sure that you look up for references from their previous clients. You can even organize a meeting for your new pet sitter and pet. This will help you determine how comfortable your pet is around the pet sitter.

When you are leaving your pet behind at home, it is quite obvious to be concerned. However, if you find the right individual to look after your pet, your tension will be reduced a lot. So, make sure you choose someone who cares for your friend the very way you do. 

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