Bringing your pets to every road trip or holiday travel can be a difficult choice to make sometimes. And other times they are all so excited to also be on that road trip with you.
For those times they can’t hang out with you, one thing is sure - you will need them well taken care of. Whether you are sending them over to a dog hotel, finding a friend to look after them or hiring a pet sitter, they deserve the same love, care and attention you provide when around.
In this article, we will provide 8 tips on finding the right pet sitter for your dog(s) while you’re enjoying the holidays or going for that business trip.
Tip 1: Ask Friends and Family
One of the best ways to find a pet sitter is through word-of-mouth. If you have friends or family who has recently hired a pet sitter, ask them for recommendations. They will be able to provide first-hand information about their experience with the pet sitter and whether or not they would hire them again.
Tip 2: Ask Pet Sitters for References
If your friends or family members did not recommend anyone, you can always ask the pet sitter themselves to provide references of past clients that are willing to vouch for their services. Pet owners who have hired a particular pet sitter in the past are likely to be happy with the services provided and more than willing to share their positive experiences.
Tip 3: Search Online Pet Sitting Services
If you do not have any friends or family members who can recommend a pet sitter, there are plenty of online pet sitting services that can help connect you with qualified professionals in your area. These online directories will provide you with information about the services offered, client testimonials or reviews and past clients’ contact details.
Tip 4: Interview Pet Sitters Before Hiring Them
When contacting potential pet sitters, always ask them about their experience with pets. Find out more about the services they have provided for pet owners in the past and how long they have been offering their professional services. Pet sitters that are passionate about animals will likely be happy to share their experience with you, so take advantage of this opportunity to learn as much as possible before hiring them.
Tip 5: Always Request Pet Sitters for References
Once you have selected a few potential candidates, get in touch with their past clients and ask them about their experience. Pet owners who are more than happy to recommend pet sitters that they enjoyed working with will likely be more than willing to share their positive feedback.
Tip 6: Meet Pet Sitters In Person
If you are able to, always try and meet your pet sitter in person before hiring them. This will give you a chance to get to know them better and see if they would be a good fit for your pets. Trust is key when it comes to leaving your furry family members in someone else’s care.
Tip 7: Pet Sitters Should Have Experience With Dogs
Pet sitters should have experience with dogs, prior to offering their services for other pets such as cats or birds. So make sure you ask about previous experiences and their comfort level when it comes to handling different breeds of dogs while they are your pet’s home away from home.
Tip 8: Pet Sitters Should Be Insured
Last but certainly not least, make sure that the pet sitter you hire is insured to provide these services. Pet owners should never assume this is covered under their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, as they will most likely only cover damage to the property and stolen items. Pet sitters with insurance can provide peace of mind knowing that your furry family members are covered in case something were to happen while they are under their care.
Finally, finding the right pet sitter for your dog(s) can seem like a daunting task, but with these ten tips, you will be able to find someone who is qualified and passionate about providing top-notch services for your furry family members. Pet sitters provide an invaluable service for pet owners and should be chosen carefully in order to ensure the safety and well-being of your beloved pets. By following these simple tips, you can be sure that you are making the best decision for your furry family members.