When it comes care for your beloved pet while you are out of town or working long hours there are many options. If you’re looking for a pet sitter or dog walker how do you choose? What’s the “REAL” difference between a Professional Pet Sitter, a hobbyist or the kid next door?
Being a professional pet sitter for over 14 years, I hear it all the time, “You are so lucky! You get to play with animals everyday.” Yes, I am lucky! I spend my days, and many nights, doing what I love but it takes a lot of time, energy, planning and work! 12-14 hour days 365-days a year. That’s right 365-days a year. Holidays, weekends, birthdays, early mornings, late evenings, winter, spring, summer, fall. The personal sacrifice is great but I wouldn’t want to do anything else. Hobby sitters come and go. Not because they don’t love animals, but because they realize that it takes a lot more then love to be a Pet Sitter.
Professional Pet Sitters
A Professional Pet Sitter is a dedicated business owner as well as an educated, responsible pet care provider. When choosing the right pet sitting or dog walking company for your pets consider the following:
- Is the pet sitter providing a legally binding Service Agreement? This should outline the care to be provided, when it will occur and at what cost. As well as Policies and Procedures for payment, cancellations, house keys, home safety and more. This will protect both the client and the Professional Pet Sitter.
- Is the pet sitter Bonded and Insured? A hobby sitter will most likely not be bonded and insured. Why does that matter? What happens if Fido runs out the front door while the sitter is entering the house and is injured by a car, another dog, or passer-by? Or Fluffy urinates on the bed after being locked in a bedroom with no litter box?
- Does the pet care provider have a plan of action if an emergency should occur with your pet, home, or themselves?
- A Professional Pet Sitter will be trained in pet first aid and CPR.
- A Professional Pet Sitter will educate themselves in animal behavior and health.
- A Professional Pet Sitter will have policies in place to maintain the safety of your pets, your home, the public and themselves.
- Is caring for your pets and home their primary objective and concern or are they obligated to a full time job and pet sitting is just a way to make some extra money?
Whether your search for the perfect pet sitter takes to the internet, your local groomer or veterinarian use due diligence in checking on their qualifications and business practices. The non-professional will be cheaper but often “cost” more in the end.
Once you have chosen a Professional Pet Sitter to care for your pets you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your time away knowing that they are being well cared for by a reliable, competent person.