One of the biggest challenges we face as dog parents is how to choose a pet sitter. Who will we entrust our four legged family member to? We all know we settle for nothing but the best. Knowing your pet is properly taken care of will give you ease of mind, and less stress when travelling.
The first question we are faced with is usually pet sitter vs. doggie day care. Today we are going to tackle pet sitters.
Pet sitters are good option for households with more than one pet, or with a dog that feels most comfortable at home. (Plus they water your plants, bonus!)
There are some sites that provide this service and some even vet their sitters (such as Pet Sitters International,Pet Sitters Network, Pet Pop, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters), but even so we always like to ask our potential pet sitters some important questions:
- Is the pet sitter insured and bonded?
- Does the pet sitter provide client references? (aim for at least 3)
- Will the pet sitter use a pet-sitting services agreement or contract?
- Is the pet sitter a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS) and/or has he or she participated in pet-care training, such as pet first aid?
- How do you ensure your dog does not go missing in your care?
- Do you have a plan in the event that your dog does go missing?
- Is there a backup person that can provide care for your dog?
- Why do you like being a pet sitter?
- Will you also play with my dog, or just come for walks?
- How many other pets are you currently sitting for?
What other questions do you ask? Tell us about your experiences or and advice you have in the comments below!