If you’re thinking of hiring a professional pet sitter, you may not be sure how to proceed. You probably have questions about what your pet sitter needs to know about you, your home, and your pet. Having a pet sitter take care of your pet means adding someone to your inner circle; in fact, your pet sitter knows details about your life that you might not even share with close friends! That’s why, just like with any relationship, communication & transparency help to keep things running smoothly and easily for all involved.
To do our part, we’ve put together these tips to help make the pet sitting experience a great one. From what to look for in a pet sitter to how to prepare for a visit, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to find out more about what it’s like using a professional pet sitter.
The Benefits Of A Professional Pet Sitter
If you’re still on the fence about hiring a pet sitter, consider the benefit it will have for your pet. If you’re working long hours at the office, having someone come in to walk your dog can nip behavioral issues in the bud and keep your dog socialized & well-adjusted. But dogs aren’t the only ones who can benefit from professional pet care; cats also benefit from regular interaction & socialization with other humans!
If you’re thinking “couldn’t I just have a neighbor do it?”, you’re certainly not alone. Many people turn to friends, family, or neighbors to care for their furry family member.
But we want to caution you; there is a vast difference in the quality of care your pet will receive when you work with a pet professional vs. the teen neighbor down the street. When working with a pet professional you no longer have to worry about things like liability. Professional pet sitters are insured & bonded to keep both your pet and property safe. You also don’t have to worry about the neighborhood teenager forgetting about your pet or throwing a huge party in your home. And finally, there’s no match when it comes to level of experience. While we all hope to avoid emergencies, they do happen. We know that you want to be certain that your pet is in experienced hands when it comes to the most dire of situations.
Finding The Right Pet Sitter
How do you find the right sitter for your pet? Just loving animals isn’t enough. You want someone you know you can rely on. Having your neighbor or friend cancel at the last minute is aggravating. What if something happens to your pet? Will the person taking care of them know the actions to take? Hiring a professional like the Pet Pros from PetProGo is the best way to give yourself peace of mind when hiring a pet sitter.
Things happen, and sometimes even the most dedicated person gets sick or needs a day off. We’re all human after all! The problem is when these changes affect the care of your pet. If something unexpected happens, you won’t be left high and dry. Your Pet Pro will have arranged a replacement. In the case of PetProGo, we make sure there is a backup sitter who is familiar with your pet, so your pet won’t be startled by the change.
Professional pet sitters go through special courses and training in order to handle specific scenarios. This includes things like properly walking a dog so that your obedience training efforts don’t fly right out the window. Pet Pro training also covers things like avoiding toxic foods and plants.
While your friend or family member may love your pet (and your pet probably loves them, too), it’s unlikely that they’ve been trained on these animal-specific scenarios. Professionals know the steps to take and can minimize the chance of something unexpected happening. They will also be sure to contact you and let you know what's going on, so you won’t be kept in the dark.
It's likely that your neighbor or family friend isn't insured or bonded. Having a sitter that is insured and bonded can give you invaluable peace of mind. While insurance covers things that are incredibly unlikely to happen, it's important to us that you know that you'll be covered and taken care of.
Read here for more on the difference it makes to hire a pet professional.
Getting Ready For Your Pet Sitter
To make things easy for you and your pet sitter, there are a few things you need to make sure you do. These things take very little time on your part but will make a huge difference in the care of your pet.
Make sure you have provided all of your important information in your client profile. Is there a special way to get in your house? Make sure we know! Does your dog have a favorite park? Mention it. Medications? Definitely don’t forget that! No detail is too small. The more information a pet professional has to work with, the better.
If anything changes for your pet, make sure it’s in your pet’s profile. If they’re temporarily on medication, if they had a run-in with a neighbor, if they’ve developed an allergy, don’t forget to add a note! Things are constantly changing when it comes to our pets, so it’s important to make sure the people who are providing care are kept up to date. Questions about how to keep your profile updated? Check it out here!
Vet information can change. Make sure that all veterinary information is accurate and up-to-date.
Be sure we have a way to communicate with you. Whether you’re at work or on vacation, emergency contacts are essential. If you are not available, be sure you have emergency contacts listed in your profile.
Note where the items your Pet Pro needs are. Cleaning products, pet food, treats, and special toys should all be indicated in your profile. Choose a designated place, and let your pet professional know where they’re stored. Make sure they’re easily accessible. Pet professionals are on a schedule, and we want our time well spent with exercise & playtime, not spent searching for your cat’s special treats.
If there are any special instructions, like avoiding a specific park or leaving certain lights on, make sure your Pet Pro knows. You can easily add this to your client profile from your mobile device & app!
Remember: Good communication will go a long way in building and maintaining a great relationship with your pet sitter.
The PetProGo Difference
There’s a lot that separates us from the pack. But one of the things that makes PetProGo different from other pet sitting services is that our Pet Pros are all direct employees and not contractors. This means they are subject to continuing education and must meet our stringent company standards.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us here!