Pet Services

What to Look for in a Dog Sitter

As much as we love our pets, we can’t always take them with us. Travel — whether for business or for pleasure — takes us away from our homes, and therefore our pets. Our pet still requires care and attention while we’re away, however.

To make sure their dogs are safe and sound while they’re away, many people have turned to a dog sitter while they’re on vacation or away from home. You have lots of options with this — you can ask one of your friends to take care of your furry friend for you, or consult a professional dog sitting company like Walk!ATX.

With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to figure out which one to go with. Read this blog to learn more about what you should look for when looking for a dog sitter.

Communication

The last thing you want is a dog sitter who does not communicate with you about your dog’s wellbeing. While you may be on vacation, we know that you’re likely missing and worried about your pet — as any good dog sitter should be. Don’t hesitate to ask if any potential dog sitter would be willing to communicate with you frequently about how your dog is doing. If you want, you could ask your pet sitter to send you pictures after each of their visits to your pet for extra security. Any hesitancy from a dog sitter about doing this is an immediate red flag.

Ask Around

You’re not the only dog owner who travels. You likely know many individuals who have reached out to dog sitters whenever they needed one. Try asking friends what services they used. You might just find your new dog sitter. Or, they may tell you which services to pass up on, which can save you a lot of money and perhaps some heartache.

Resumé

Knowing your dog sitter’s related experience is crucial. The more that he or she has dealt with dogs in the past, the more likely your experience with them will go smoothly. Don’t be shy about asking for their resumé or to ask about their experience. You don’t want to trust just anybody with your dog.

Of course, any potential hire’s resumé does not have to be completely pet-related. Check to see if they have any prior work experience that required them to work one on one with customers or maybe even kids. This experience can directly translate into a pet-sitting job.

Workload

While you want your dog sitter to have a wealth of experience, you don’t want them to be completely overloaded with other dog sitting jobs. Too much of a heavy schedule will mean that they won’t be able to give your pet the attention and care that they deserve. For this reason, you may want to consider going with a pet sitting company rather than one individual person, as the company is able to hire workers to share a workload.

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