A dog sitter or dog walker will provide a valuable service to you and your pet. It is important to have a sitter who will be responsible, reliable, flexible, and honest. A good dog sitter is someone who you can trust to take care of your dog while you are away. A good sitter will make sure that your dog gets the best care possible by checking on the dog’s water bowl, changing the dog’s litter box, cleaning the dog’s ears and feet, and making sure the dog is exercised.
There are many types of dog sitters available, but it is wise to choose a sitter who is recommended by your vet or who has experience and the proper training. A sitter may have some experience with dogs but that does not necessarily mean that they will be able to properly care for your dog’s special needs. A sitter must also be properly trained for your dog. Before you begin working with a sitter, you must select one who is a member of the Association of Pet Sitters International (APSI).
Dog sitting involves more than just walking the dog and feeding it. A sitter will need to be responsible and provide all the services outlined above. If your dog needs special care, a sitter will need to know how to provide this care. Dogs with specific medical conditions, such as diabetes, or dogs who have a history of seizures need extra care and supervision. A sitter must also understand basic care for the dog. They will need to understand that dogs need water, clean housing, exercise, and socialization. It is wise to interview several sitters before deciding which one is best for your needs.
It is important to ask sitters if they have previous experience with pets. Sitters who have not had dog sitters work with should be more flexible in their hours. You should also ask sitters for references. If a sitter does not have references, they may want you to pay in advance. A good sitter will not want to take your money for something that has not been completed, so be sure to look over the sitter’s references and check out their references as well.
It is wise to have a sitter’s credentials readily available, and be sure to ask about them. A sitter will also need to know that they will not receive instructions from you. It is important that you are clear about your expectations. Ask sitters if they will give your dog a bath, do the dog’s nails, take care of the dog’s grooming, provide treats for the dog, and do other basic pet care. Some sitters are more experienced in these areas and some are not. Choose a sitter who is prepared to meet these expectations and also provides a price quote with their proposals.
It is wise to meet the sitter’s home before giving them the opportunity to work with you and your dog. Visit the sitter’s home to see if it is well kept and comfortable. You will need to be comfortable with the sitter to properly work together. You should also discuss the sitter’s availability with your dog sitter so you do not miss appointments. Dog sitting can be a full-time job for the person who takes on the responsibility. That is why it is essential to choose a dog sitter that will be flexible with their schedule and schedule a meeting before you begin work.