Finding a reliable pet sitter to help care for our pets is serious business! We love our fur babies, they are part of the family, so when we’re away from home we want peace of mind in knowing that they’re receiving the best level of care possible. Avoiding the unnecessary stress of placing them in an unfamiliar setting for an extended period of time makes having an in home pet sitter an easy option. However, searching for the perfect person for this role isn’t always as easy …

When parents hire a babysitter for their children they choose carefully; it needs to be someone they can trust who will give their kids lots of love and attention. Hiring a pet sitter is much the same because pet parents desire the same level of quality care and confidence in the person that they hire

The first week of March is dedicated as Professional Pet Sitter’s Week in honor of the dedicated pet caregivers. It’s a great time to review a few important questions to help when you’re in the market for a pet sitter.

Here are a few important questions to ask during the hiring process:

  • How many years have you been pet-sitting professionally?

Certainly quality matters more than quantity, but experience provides a wealth of wisdom and is an indicator of dedication to their profession.

  • Are you able to accommodate my pet’s daily feeding, walking and playing schedule?

It is important to note the level of care you expect for your pets upfront. Being clear about your expectations of their services is an important first step as you begin this relationship. The Poof App is also a great tool to use while you’re away. The app will tell you how active or inactive your pet was in your absence.

  • How would you handle an emergency situation?

This is a great time to discuss their quick thinking skills and make sure you are comfortable with their plan of action should something go wrong. Make sure the sitter requests contact info for your Veterinarian, the nearest 24-hour vet clinic as well as your emergency contact info.

  • Do you have references?

Again, proper vetting is key! The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) offers a list of possible questions to ask a pet sitter’s references here.

  • Are you licensed, bonded or insured?

Accidents happen and it’s important to make sure that the sitter is bonded and insured to cover any unexpected costs. Also, knowing that they have taken the necessary steps to be diligent and intentional in this area of their career typically sets apart the amateurs from the professionals.

Finally, schedule a meeting before you leave so that you can watch how your sitter interacts with your pet. This also is a key component to introducing your pet to their new sitter which will help them transition to their care while you’re away!

References:

PedMD

Humane Society

Care.com

The Dodo

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