4 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Pet Sitter
Leaving your pet behind isn’t easy, especially if you go on a trip that could last for several days. Many people just can’t bear the thought of simply leaving their pets behind. More so if you’re living alone, there will be no family or friends that can take care of your pet during your absence. A lot of people would consider hiring a pet sitter for this. However, how exactly can you find the right pet sitter to work with? Here are the 4 things to consider before hiring a Pet Sitter.
The ability to maintain open communication is key when looking for the right pet sitter. With an open and reliable communication, you’ll be able to enjoy peace of mind knowing that your pet is properly cared of even when you’re away from home.
Fortunately, there are a lot of pet sitters who maintain open communication by recording notes of your pet’s daily activities, mood, or habits. There are also some who will take photos of your pet to keep you updated at all times.
Interest to know your pet
Ideally, you want your potential pet sitter to have a genuine interest in seeing and getting to know more about your pet. Therefore, before hiring a pet sitter, you want to ask yourself, “Is he curious about knowing my pet? Do they really feel genuine love for pets?”
At the end of the day, you have to keep in mind that it’s not just about your pet. Technically, you'll be letting your pet sitter inside your house, and you’re essentially giving them your keys.
Apart from a genuine interest to know your pet, you should also look for a pet sitter who has extensive experience when it comes to pet sitting. Ideally, you want a pet sitter who has worked with various dogs. It would be a plus if you find someone who has worked with dogs who have similar traits to your dog, like temperate, breed, energy level, etc.
Lastly, you want to consider a pet sitter who has a reasonable schedule. If your potential pet sitter is overloaded with several pet care gigs, then it’s most likely that he/she won’t be able to give 100% of care and attention to your dog. For this, you want to find out what his/her workload is like.
It would be recommended to work with a pet sitting company than a freelance pet sitter who doesn't have any backup plan. The reason is that in the event that something happens to your pet – or your sitter – then who will be the one to take care of the issue?
As pet lovers, we all know how important our pet is to us. However, during inevitable situations where we have to go somewhere far and leave our pet behind, working with a reliable pet sitter is a must. Hopefully, the tips mentioned above can help you choose the right sitter for your pet.
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Author: April Ann