Questions to ask a pet sitter

Some dogs can’t manage the anxiety and noise of a busy kennel, and some aren’t welcome because of aggression. pals and family members probably don’t want to deal with your animals while you’re away either.

Trusting your dogs with a professional pet sitter is typically the best option.

I worked at a kennel for seven years, and owned a pet dog walking and pet sitting service for eight. If you choose to hire a professional pet sitter, don’t hire just anyone. Ask the ideal questions first and consider a lot more than one option. Remember, any individual can become a pet sitter. You don’t need a degree or a license in a lot of areas.

Questions to ask a professional pet sitter:

1. What do your rates include?

You can find a lot of of the pricing information on the pet sitter’s web site, but you want to know what those prices cover. If the rates are based on time, find out what each check out includes.

How much time will the pet sitter actually spend with your dog? Are walks included? Playtime? Asseio? giving medication? will she pick up the poop in your yard? how about scoop the litter box?

2. What is not included?

Figure out what services cost extra.

Maybe it’s worth it to pay a lot more and have the pet sitter stay longer during each visit. maybe you want your lab mix to choose a run instead of a walk. maybe your fish need to be fed once over the weekend. maybe your rottweiler needs his ears cleaned. You could potentially be charged extra for all of these.

3. will you supply references?

I’m shocked how few people ask me for references. It’s a absolutely affordable request to expect a pet sitter to supply references when you will be giving her a crucial to your home.

When you call a reference, ask him if he’s ever had any issues with the sitter and how his pet dog likes her. Ask him if she’s ever gone out of her way to do something special for his dog.

4. What happens if my pet gets sick?

Any experienced pet sitter has dealt with at least some kind of minor emergency such as a sick pet. You must both be on the same page for what will happen if your pet dog requires medical attention, especially if you have a senior pet, a puppy that eats everything in sight or a pet dog with an illness. You want to know which vet your pet dog will be taken to and if you will be notified first. You could also ask if the pet sitter has taken an animal first-aid class.

5. Do you care for cats and other animals?

If you have other animals besides your dog, make sure the pet sitter is comfortable taking care of those animals. Some pet sitters will not care for hamsters, birds, horses and other animals. a lot of will care for cats.

6. Are you the only person who will interact with my dog?

Some pet-sitting services have several employees. If that’s the case, you still want the same person to check on your pet dog whenever so there is consistency. and you must absolutely meet the person who will be taking care of your pets.

7. What is the price for a second or third dog?

Don’t assume that pet sitting for your second or third pet dog is complimentary or discounted. often they are, often they aren’t. three labs are a lot a lot more work than one.

8. who is responsible if a pet dog bites someone?

I have my clients sign a form saying they are responsible for any damage their pet dog causes on or off their home while in my care. undoubtedly if a pet dog is very aggressive, I’m not going to take care of it anyway. but lots of dogs need a pet sitter because they are pet dog aggressive and can’t be left at a kennel. As long as your pet dog is friendly around people, a lot of pet sitters will agree to take care of your dog.

A good pet sitter will have a plan of action for what happens if a pet dog bites and someone requires medical attention because of it. You could ask if the pet sitter has insurance or not, and that will give you an idea of how seriously she takes her business.

9. Can I call to see how my pet dog is doing?

The answer must always be yes. The pet sitter may not be able to answer her phone in any way times because she has other animals to take care of. but she must supply a cell phone number and email address.

10. will my pet dog be around any other clients’ dogs?

Don’t assume your pet dog will be walked alone. maybe you are ok with this, and maybe you aren’t. but do ask.

11. will the pet dog be taken off my property?

You probably want your pet dog to choose a walk and get all the attention he can get. but maybe you are anxious he will get away, and you’d rather have the pet sitter play with him in your fenced yard. Either way, you want to know what the pet sitter will be docom seu cão de estimação para que você possa dar instruções adequadas e descrever como seu cão de estimação geralmente age em uma caminhada ou no quintal.

12. Quando você está disponível?

Alguns assistentes de animais de estimação não funcionam fins de semana. Alguns não funcionam férias. Outros fazem check -out entre certas horas, como das 6h às 22h. Alguns estão disponíveis de qualquer maneira todos os dias do ano. Certifique -se de que o horário da babá funcionará com você e a programação do seu cão. Caso contrário, pergunte se ela pode fazer exceções para você, mas não espere.

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