For many, many families across the country, a pet– whether it’s a dog, cat, fish, rodent, reptile or ferret– is a beloved member of the family. Because of that, families search long and hard for a worthy pet sitter to care for their pets while they’re away. Here are some guidelines that will make that task a little easier.
Your pet sitter should be a genuine animal lover. This is an essential trait. You need to meet with a potential pet sitter before they stay with your pets to ensure that they all get along with and understand each other.
Your sitter should be professional, they should take their job seriously, and have procedures in place to handle all kinds of tricky situations. They should be trained in pet care and certified in animal first aid and CPR.
They should be bonded and insured. This is especially important because they will have access to your home while you are away.
Your sitter needs to be extremely reliable. Ask for references that confirm that the sitter shows up at the appointed times and carries out the duties as agreed upon. You will also want to make sure there are back-up sitters available just in case your sitter is for some reason unable to carry out their duties.
Your pet sitter must also have great communication skills. She should provide you with lots of information about how she will be caring for your pets, and should also ask you lots of questions about their specific needs and habits. The ideal pet sitter will have a means of updating you while you are away, and will give you a thorough report about how things went upon your return.
Follow these recommendations to find a first rate pet sitter, and you and your pets will have a great experience. Learn more about BellyRub’s exceptional pet care services in Portland OR.