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There are certain things that you expect from your pet sitter. You love your pets and you would understandably want someone who would take care of them and love them as well and as much as you do to be in charge of them while you’re away.What should you look for in a pet sitter?
How can you find a good pet sitter?
- Flexibility – Your sitter should be able to step in and take charge at whatever time, especially if you have hectic work hours.
- Calmness – Animals don’t always behave and act in accordance with what you want. That’s why it’s important that you have a pet sitter who stays calm under pressure.
- Sensitivity – Good pet sitters are sensitive to the needs of your pet. They recognize what needs to be done and does it.
- Trustworthy – It’s very important that you trust your pet sitter since you’ll be handing them the spare keys to your house.
- Experience – If you hire a pet sitter that has experience, chances are that he or she has already seen most of the common complication when it comes to taking care of a pet. They will always have a solution and won’t be surprised by every little thing that goes wrong.
- Consistency – Make sure you hire a sitter who will also enforce the rules that you have taught your pet. If your sitter uses a different method of discipline, it could end up confusing your pets.
- Reliability – Can you rely on your pet sitter to make your life easier without messing anything up? It’s very important for you to be able to rely on your pet sitter so you can go ahead and make plans without having to worry about the care and safety of your pet.
- Insurance – Always check whether the sitter has an insurance and a license. This just shows that he or she is professional and very serious about the job.
- Love for animals – Make sure that the sitter is in the industry because she genuinely loves animals and not just because of the income.
- Whether they can connect with your pet – Just like how you wouldn’t hire a babysitter without having them meet your baby first, you shouldn’t hire a pet sitter without having them meet your pets first. Watch how well they get along with your pets and whether they can form a connection.
- Ask your vet.
- Ask your friends and neighbors to suggest good pet sitters.
- Make a questionnaire so you can screen potential pet sitters.
- Ask the pet sitter for references to other clients that they’ve worked for.
- Always go for a certified pet sitter.
- Make sure you double-check the contract.
- Always inquire about their emergency procedures.
No matter how good their qualifications, give them a trial day or week with your pet to see whether your pet is comfortable with them before you hire them.