7 Tips For Finding Dog Sitters
Original article written by JESSICA BOOTH
Whenever you go on a trip, dogs and pets, in general, cannot be left alone in your home to fend for themselves — they need to be looked after. You don’t want to leave your dog with just anyone, you want to make sure your dog is being taken care of by a good dog sitter — someone who will treat them right and make them happy.
You’ll want to find someone reliable who is good with animals, has experience dog sitting, has good references, and gets along with your pup. That can be a lot easier said than done!
So, how do you find the best dog sitter out there?
1. Ask Around
Try asking friends and family members who own dogs for their recommendations — chances are they have had to have someone watch their dog at some point. Ask who they use, and they may end up giving you a really great name. Getting a recommendation from someone you know means you trust them and they’re more likely to be really honest with you. And if you’re on any sort of Facebook group ask there as well.
2. Ask Your Vet
Most probably your veterinarian knows or even works with someone who pet sits. Give them a call and see if they have any recommendations — it’s worth a shot.
3. Look At A Reputable Website
There are plenty of dog sitting websites you can check out that was created exactly for this purpose. Make sure to pick a reputable site that also includes customer reviews. This includes sites like Rover.com, Care.com, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, and Pet Sitters International.
4. Meet With Them First
Once you’ve found a potential match, don’t just hire them immediately — meet them first so you can go over some details and questions. It’s definitely not an unreasonable request, and if they refuse, that could be a big red flag.
5. Ask For References
Upon meeting this person, one of the first things you should ask for is references. Getting real references is a great way to judge a dog sitter. Even if reviews are included on the website you found them on (if that was the case), you should ask. A great dog sitter will have some to show you.
6. Have Your Dog Meet Them
Your dog’s approval actually matters just as much as yours. If your dog doesn’t like or get along with this person, how could the arrangement possibly work out? Bring your dog to your little interview with the potential sitter so that you can see how they jive and get along.
7. Ask The Important Questions
Don’t forget to come with a list of questions. Include their plans if an emergency pops up, what their experience is, why they became a dog sitter, if they have any professional training, what their daily routine is, and if they have any criminal background. You should obviously also discuss logistics, like pay and things like that. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot!