Finding the right pet sitter is important but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Like everything else these days, you can easily go online and find a pet sitter.
Rover.com has been matching pet owners with pet sitters since 2011 with an online network of thousands of sitters.
While you can find a sitter in a matter of minutes, it takes a little investigation to choose the right person. Here are 4 tips to help you search for your match.
1. Start Early
While Rover makes the search for a pet sitter quick and easy, you’ll want to ensure you have time to get to know your sitter before you leave them alone with your pets. If you’re looking for a pet sitter who will take care of your pets long term, you’ll need to take the time upfront to ensure they’re the right fit.
2. Know What You Want
What kind of pet care service do you need and how frequently? Perhaps you’d like someone to walk your dog a few times a week when you’re working late. If you’re preparing for a vacation, are you looking for someone to board your pets or to stay at your house to care for them? Think about the kind of pet owner you are and who would best fill your shoes. Do you need someone who will stick to your training commands? Do you need someone who is energetic and can give your puppy a rigorous playtime?
3. Know What Your Pet Needs
You know your pet’s needs better than anyone else, so who would be the best fit? If you’ve got a senior dog or a pet with special needs, you may want to find someone with this kind of experience. If your pets are laid back and like their space, choose someone who can honour this need.
4. Schedule a First Date
Before you book a pet sitter, schedule a first date with your pets. Give your sitter and pets time to get acquainted so they’re comfortable. This is also a good time to discuss what you’re looking for and what your pets need. Be clear about your expectations. Your sitter will be better prepared to do their job if they have time to learn the ropes. When you’ve found your match, celebrate them! A happy pet sitter makes for happy pets.
Have you used a pet sitter before? Or what about a dog Day Care? What qualities are you searching for in a pet sitter?
*Disclosure: This is a collaborative post
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