While you may enjoy taking your pet with you when you travel, there are times when it is not possible and you will need a pet sitter. These tips will help you locate someone who will keep your animal companion happy, healthy, and safe while you are away.
Know what you need.
Make a list of things you’d like your pet sitter to do. Do you just need someone to come in a couple times a day to check on your pet or would you like your dog walked daily? Does your pet need medication? Do you also want your pet sitter to provide house sitting services like watering your plants, taking in your mail, or turning lights on and off? Once you know what you need, you’ll be better able to find a good fit.
Ask around for recommendations.
Your vet may have a list of pet sitters that they know and trust, and some vet techs also provide pet sitting services. You can contact friends and family to get recommendations for a pet sitter. The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) certifies pet sitters. You can search for a qualified pet sitter at their website, petsitters.org.
Spend time with your pet sitter before you leave town.
Give your pet and your pet sitter time to get to know each other. You should have your pet sitter come to your home to get familiar with the environment. You can explain feeding routines, point out where your pet’s bed and toys are, and can show your sitter how to administer any medication your pet may need. You’ll also be able to see if your pet and your sitter are compatible.
Leave important information with your sitter.
Make a list of all of your pet’s routines and needs. Also write down contact information for you and your veterinarian. If you have family in town, leave their contact information. You may want to give your neighbors the contact information for your pet sitter, so that he or she can be contacted in the event of an emergency at your home.
Encourage a lasting relationship.
Once you’ve found the perfect pet sitter, be sure to foster that relationship into the future. A good pet sitter is worth keeping! Discuss what fair payment means to both of you. If your pet sitter goes above and beyond, be sure to acknowledge that with a bonus or a small gift. And if your sitter is looking for more work, be sure to recommend him or her to friends and family.
At Bridgeway Apartments, we love sharing lifestyle-enhancing tips with our residents. We hope you find these tips on finding the perfect pet sitter helpful.