“Pet sitting” is defined as “the act of caring for a pet in its own home while the owner is away.” Dog walking is also a form of pet sitting since it involves coming to the pet’s home to provide exercise and companionship. Caring for pets in the clients’ homes is what separates pet sitters from boarders or doggie daycares.
What are the advantages of pet sitting (over other pet-care options)?
• Pets are happier and experience less stress at home in their familiar environment.
• Diet and exercise routines are uninterrupted.
• Travel trauma for both owner and pet is eliminated.
• Pet’s exposure to illness is minimized.
What does a pet sitter do?
As the definition above indicates, pet sitters care for clients’ pets in the clients’ home. Pet owners often use pet sitters when they go on a vacation, travel for business, work long hours or when they are too sick or injured to care for their pet(s).
Pet sitters often offer more than one pet-sitting visit per day and some pet sitters, including Creation’s care Pet Sitting, offer overnight stays as well.
During the pet-sitting visits, pet sitters perform a variety of tasks, including:
• Feeding the pets and changing their water bowls
• Providing exercise and play time (may include walking the dog)
• Cleaning litter boxes and cleaning up any other pet messes
• Administering pet medications, if needed
• Providing lots of TLC!
Pet sitters also often bring in mail or newspapers and alternate blinds and lights to give the home a “lived-in look” if the owners are away. Pet sitters may also perform other tasks as requested by the pet owners.
What separates a hobbyist pet sitter from a professional pet sitter?
Often times, pet owners, and even news outlets, use the term “pet sitter” carelessly, referring to anyone—from a family friend to the neighborhood teenager asked to walk a dog—as a “pet sitter.” It is important pet owners to understand that pet sitting is a professional career and professional pet sitters and dog walkers offer peace of mind that other pet-care options cannot.
With the influx of pet-care directory sites popping up in the last couple of years and news stories touting pet sitting as an easy way to earn extra cash, more and more people are deciding to cash in on the growing need for pet care. However, simply being listed on an online pet-sitter directory or even a nationally-publicized site does not automatically legitimize their pet-sitting business.
What questions should you ask when considering a pet sitter for your pet?
Individuals seeking to offer professional pet-sitting or dog-walking services should be able to answer “YES” to the following questions:
1. Does the pet sitter have the proper business license for your city or state?
2. Is the pet sitter insured and bonded?
3. Can the pet sitter provide proof of clear criminal history?
4. Does the pet sitter provide client references?
5. Will the pet sitter use a pet-sitting services agreement or contract?
6. Has the pet sitter completed PSI’s Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting and/or has he or she participated in petcare training, such as pet first aid?
7. Is the pet sitter a member of a professional and educational association, such as Pet Sitters International?
So the next time you need to go out of town, or simply need to help with the daily TLC for your pet, turn to a professional pet sitter like Creation’s Care Pet Sitting, providing professional care when you can’t be there. Contact us for a FREE consultation today!
This article was taken in large part from Pet Sitters international which produces articles like this one for professional pet sitters to share with their clients and the public at large.
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