As a Dog Host with Can Do Canines, we have your sitting needs covered when you’re away on vacation, but finding a reliable and trustworthy pet sitter for your personal dogs can be a daunting task. Below are several factors to consider as you search for a sitter that is the right fit for your furry friend.
Determine if the sitter has prior experience handling dogs and if they are comfortable with your dog's breed and size. Some sitters may specialize in certain breeds or sizes, and it's crucial to ensure they have the necessary skills to care for your pet. You can ask them about their experience and if they have any certifications or training in pet care.
References and Reviews
Ask for references and check their background and reviews before hiring them. Sites like Rover.com and Care.com often have ratings and reviews for the sitters. This can give you an idea of their reliability, professionalism, and how well they have cared for other pets in the past. You can also check if they are insured and bonded, which can provide you with peace of mind in case of any accidents.
Availability, Rates, and Specialty Services
Discuss the sitter's availability and rates, and ensure the sitter’s routine and personality match your dog's well. You can ask about their availability during weekends, holidays, and emergencies. You can also inquire about their rates and if they offer any additional services such as dog walking, feeding, or administering medication. It's essential to ensure that the sitter is a good match with your dog's disposition and energy level, as this can affect their comfort and well-being.
A trial period is a good idea before committing to a long-term arrangement to ensure that your pet is comfortable with the sitter. You can have the sitter come over for a short visit to meet your dog and observe how they interact. You can also ask the sitter to take care of your dog for a few hours or a day to see how they handle any unexpected situations.
We hope you feel more confident as you search for a loving, reliable, and knowledgeable person to watch your beloved dogs. By taking the time to research, ask questions, and observe, you can find a sitter who will provide your pet with the love and attention they deserve.
Here's a checklist of items you can ask a potential pet sitter:
- Do you have prior experience handling dogs, and are you comfortable with my dog's breed and size?
- Can you provide references and reviews from past clients?
- Are you insured and bonded?
- What are your availability and rates?
- Do you offer any additional services such as dog walking, feeding, or administering medication?
- How would you handle any unexpected situations that may arise while I'm away?
- Can we have a trial period before committing to a long-term arrangement to ensure that my pet is comfortable with you?
- Are there any special requirements or instructions that you need to know about my dog?
- Can you provide updates and photos of my pet while I'm away?
- What is your policy for cancellations or emergencies?