As a pet owner, you understand the importance of having a trustworthy and capable caretaker for your pet while you’re away from home. But how do you go about finding the perfect fit for your family’s needs? Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your choices and make choosing the right pet sitter an easier process. 

Decide What Your Pet Needs

First, you’ll need to determine exactly what type of care your cat or dog needs and to what extent. Do you have high energy pets that need a couple of long walks each day? Or perhaps you have a senior pet that needs to be given medications. Or do you have a puppy that needs more frequent potty breaks? If you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time, you’ll want someone who can reliably come to check on your pets at least several times a day. If you’re just at work for the day, then a short potty break and/or a walk should probably suffice. Regardless, it may help to write down exactly what you would like for your pet to have so that your potential sitter can know what they can or can’t accommodate.

Using Referrals For Choosing The Right Pet Sitter

Do you have friends or family with pets? They could potentially be a great resource for a reliable and trustworthy pet sitter. Reach out neighborhood groups or check out your local independent pet supply store to see if there are any postings for pet care services. And, of course, you can check online to see if any local pet care businesses have reviews or testimonials. This will give you a good idea of what level of care you can expect for your pets. 

Check Their Credentials

Additionally, there are also independent organizations that post information about local pet care providers, offering details such as experience, CPR certification, background checks, and other credentials. However, if you’re looking into local pet care companies, be sure to check that they have insurance and have done the appropriate background checks on their employees. Similar to independent pet sitters, local businesses should also train their team members in pet CPR. And keep an eye out for accreditation with organizations such as the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. 

Pay Attention To First Impressions

Once you have decided to meet with an individual or company, ask for the details of their contract. This will inform you of rates, services included, and what additional charges may come up (i.e. fees for last-minute bookings). You can also learn about what happens in inclement weather and how security and logistics will work. Some companies make a copy of your key, while others use lockboxes for you to keep a spare in. Any reputable caretaker or pet sitting business should offer a meet and greet. This offers both you and your pet a chance to see how everyone gets along and ask any additional questions. Plus, it helps to put a face to the name of the person who will be caring for your pet while you’re away from home. 

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