Time Tested Tips For Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter

Introduction:There are various times that a reliable substitute caregiver is preferable to putting a beloved pet in a kennel. Your companion can stay in her home environment while you're away. Older cats or dogs need special pampering. Pets with a medical condition may require regular medication. If your pet is healthy, putting them in a kennel invites invader germs from other animals.

Here are time-tested tips for hiring a professional pet sitter.

  • 01

    The Interview

    You are offering a position and as "owner" you have the right to interview potential pet sitters. Have your question list ready, but engage in idle chit-chat the first few minutes, so that you can observe the applicant. Is the person connecting with your pet? Is your pet connecting with the candidate?

    Ask how the potential sitter would handle emergencies. Find out if she can handle your pet's special needs. Most importantly, get references and check them.

  • 02

    Trust Your Intuition

    What is your gut-feeling about the person? Be mindful, not only should you trust him to nurture your dog while you are traveling - you have to trust her with your house keys. If one iota of doubt surfaces from your sub-conscious, thank him kindly and terminate the interview.

  • 03

    Work Out the Money

    If the sitter seems qualified and interested, work out the money. It's better to settle on a per visit rate than an hourly charge. After all, you're probably not interested in paying them to sit on your sofa and watch pay-per-view!

    Settle on number of visits per day. Expert sitters suggest that a dog needs a minimum of two daily visits, so that he can go outside for exercise and do his business. Cats are pretty independent, but the sitter should visit at least once per day to change water, check on food and make sure they are doing O.K.

    At the same time, don't be stingy. If your beloved animal has special needs, offer a stipend over and above the agreed-upon rate. Your pet will get better care from a happy pet sitter!

  • 04

    The Tour

    Remind the interviewee that you must check references before making a decision. But, it you think she's the"one", take her on a tour of your home. Point out pet food and medicine. Go over your written instructions and invite questions. Post your phone number, your vet's number and emergency numbers for friends/relatives by the telephone. Show the pet sitter where the numbers are located.

  • 05

    Finding Professional Pet Sitters

    Your veterinarian is a good source for finding professional pet sitters. Check local grooming establishments and pet stores. Some have bulletin boards with pet sitter ads. No doubt, the best reference is word of mouth. If you know other pet owners, start with them. Your aim is to find a competent, compassionate professional who will substitute as caregiver while you are away. Otherwise, you'd be more comfortable canceling the trip and staying at home!







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