What to look for when hiring a pet sitter
Word of mouth from someone you know and trust is always the best! Your friend has already worked with her pet sitter and already knows and trusts her. But what if you don’t know anyone who has used a pet sitter? There are thousands of pet sitting companies on line. How do you know which one you can trust?
1. Find an affiliation that provides a network of professional pet sitters in your area. Like Az Pet Professionals! A group that already knows and trusts the pet sitters in their network!
2. Set up a “Meet and Greet”. If your pet sitter arrives late without explanation or doesn’t arrive at all, that’s your first and final red flag! Move on……. (of course things come up. If this happens then your pet sitter should call you in advance to let you know of the change and see if you are able to reschedule).
3. If your dog/s don’t like her/him…… you probably should not either.
4. Review your potential pet sitter’s website before arranging the Meet and Greet. Read the tone of the website. Read their profile. Do they appear to be doing this for the money or the love of animals? Are they associated with other pet outlets instead of just their website? For instance, do they have a Face book Page that you can follow and interact with her? How about Twitter? If they don’t, that is not necessarily a bad thing….. Some people are just not internet or social media savvy, but it sure is fun if you can keep tabs with them and see what they are up to! An engaging pet sitter is always a plus!
5. Make sure they are Insured! Not just bonded! Insurance means they’ve taken the extra step in being responsible with not only themselves, but with your home's safety and your pet's safety.
6. At your Meet and Greet introduction, do they show you their credentials? Business license, Tax License, Insurance Binder, any other certificates they may have that are essential to them?
7. Do they have any outstanding credentials that could be beneficial for your pets? Including could be…. Other animal experience such as having worked in the veterinary field, a boarding facility, a grooming shop, a training facility, an animal shelter or rescue and most importantly….. Certified in Pet CPR and First Aid!
I don’t know about you but I’d feel much safer knowing my pet sitter was certified in Pet CPR and First Aid and would know what to do in case of an emergency with my pets!
8. The potential pet sitter should of course love animals! This will show in her presentation. If she or he is comfy enough to sit on the floor and play with Fifi then this may very well be your gal or guy!
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