More On How To Pick A Good Pet Sitter

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Posted by at 8:34 pm

Most pet owners are concerned about the health and well-being of their pet when they have to leave them behind for trips or vacations. We previously offered up some tips on picking the right pet sitter and now Earthtimes offers up more advise to help you choose an in-home pet care professional as an alternative to going with traditional kennel or day care facilities.

1. Diligently check all of the company’s references — at least three should be voluntarily provided
2. Ensure the company is fully bonded and insured
3. Verify that your sitter can accommodate both your pet’s daily feeding and exercise schedule as well as your desired vacation schedule during busy holidays
4. Ensure the company offers 7-day per week telephone and email availability
5. Confirm that your sitter has undergone a criminal background check and has received proper training
6. Pre-interview your sitter with your pet(s) present to observe interactions and establish a “comfort level” for both you and the pet(s)
7. Clearly state how you would like your sitter to use his/her visit time in terms of walking, playing, feeding, cleaning, etc.
8. Provide medical and behavioral history about your pet(s) as well as veterinary and other emergency contact information, and gather all necessary supplies, including food, vitamins, and treats in one central location
9. Ensure the company has “backup” measures in place should your sitter have an emergency that prevents them from completing your assignment
10. Confirm that your sitter will leave you a pet report card at the completion of their assignment and that the company offers a customer satisfaction guarantee in case you are dissatisfied in any way.

The above quote comes from an in-home pet care company called Fetch! The article comes off as a bit of an advertisement and I’ve never used them before, so I’m not recommending them in any way… but the advise they offer sounds reasonable and you should be able to apply it to any in or out of home pet care service.

Safeguard Your Pet From Seasonal Alements via Earthtimes via Fetch! Pet Care

Update: I just ran into an article that goes to show why you should do your homework before picking an in-home pet sitter.  The owner/operator of a pet and house-sitting business called Pet City was arrested after the “pet’s owner returned home earlier than expected and discovered various items missing from her residence. At the time of arrest, Brooks was wearing a gold-colored ring identified by the victim as part of the missing property.

Pet Sitter Charged with Stealing From Clients Via WPTV

Forget Kennels, How To Pick A Good Pet Sitter

Advice, Boarding 2 Comments »
Posted by at 10:23 pm

Dog RelaxingIf you travel, you know it can be totally stressful figuring out what to do with your pet while you’re away (assuming you can’t always take them along for the trip). Cuppa Writing For The Soul has written up a nice little advice piece on how to pick a good pet sitter next time you leave town rather than sticking them in an impersonal kennel.

1. Make sure that the pet sitter can accommodate both your pet’s daily feeding and walking schedule during your desired vacation schedule
2) Does the sitter offer regular progress reports and telephone and email availability?
3) Meet the sitter ahead of time with your pet(s) present to establish that it’s a fit for both you and the pet(s)
4) Be clear about the schedule you would like them to keep and give clear instructions about your pet’s needs, medicines, walking, playing, feeding, cleaning, favorite toys and other habits, quirks and idiosyncrasies of your pet
5) Provide medical and behavioral history about your pet(s) as well as veterinary and other emergency contact information, and gather all necessary supplies, including food, vitamins, toys, medicine, and treats in one central location.

Have Dog Will Travel via Cuppa Writing For The Soul

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