Planning on getting a new pet sitter but not sure what you should look for? Hiring someone to take care of your four-legged family members is not something to undertake lightly. You need to make sure that the person you hire is responsible, caring, trustworthy, and gets along well with your pet. Here are 10 things to look for when you hire a pet sitter.
10 Things to Look for in a Pet Sitter
Whether you’re looking for a pet sitter to care for your fur-kid during your vacation or on a regular basis, finding the right person can be challenging.
It’s important to think about the most important traits you’d want in a pet sitter, before hiring one. Knowing what you want makes the hiring process easier because you aren’t playing a guessing game.
Here are 10 traits a good pet sitter should have.
Especially when your work schedule is subject to change, it’s advantageous to have a pet sitter who is flexible and can step in on short notice.
A pet sitter must remain patient when your pet doesn’t behave as expected, and stay calm so your pet doesn’t feel and react to the anxiety.
A good pet sitter recognizes the needs of your pet and responds to them. Look for someone who handles your pet affectionately and never uses physical punishment or force, like dragging on your dog’s leash during a walk.
To get an idea of whether a caregiver may be trustworthy, check references from previous employers and run a background check before hiring.
Especially when your pet is high maintenance or challenging in terms of care, hire a pet sitter who has a lot of experience. Does your pet have a medical condition or need special treatment? Look for a caregiver with a background in this area.
You’ve probably worked hard to teach your pet the rules of the house. The person you hire must be firm and consistent — even if your pet gives him the begging puppy-dog-eyes!
It’s important that you can rely on your caregiver and schedule your plans confidently. Set clear agreements between you and your pet sitter about rules and scheduling. If the sitter is running late (as happens to everyone occasionally), what is the protocol for letting you know?
Having a license and insurance shows that this person is professional and serious about his/her business. Insurance protects you and the sitter should something unexpected happen to your pets.
9. Genuine Love for Animals
Ask about pets they’ve owned or cared for in the past — a person who loves animals will be eager to tell you stories of their own pets.
10. Connection to Your Pet
Set up a meet-and-greet (this can be part of your interview or separate) with the candidate and your pet. Observing the pet sitter with your pet is a great way to tell if the person really has the experience and comfort with animals that they claim to have.
Have you ever hired a pet sitter to take care of your furry friends? What are some of the things you look for?