The rewarding and enjoyable experience of having and caring for a pet is satisfying, but there might come a time when you would have to leave your pet alone and in someone else’s care. Before you leave, you must make sure that your pet is well cared for in your absence, and hire a pet sitter or a dog walker can be a great way to ensure that your pet continues receiving love and affection while you are away.
It is important that you learn more about the person which is about to take care of your pet. The search for a potential pet sitter or a dog walker starts online, newspapers or through word of mouth. However, to let people come to you, post an ad online, talk to your friends about hiring a pet sitter, give an ad in the newspaper to narrow down the search.
Once you start getting potential pet sitters, it is important that you verify their credentials. To inquire about this, you need to ask them if they have first aid training. Ask them about their license or which company they are associated with or groups.
Once you have decided on your pet sitter, you need to specify your needs and any special needs your pet might have that the pet sitter should be aware of. Also, make sure that they consistently work the schedule you need. For example, list down for them, the day you will need their service and the exact timings. It is important that you communicate this directly to the pet sitter to avoid any ambiguity by letting them know the length of time you would want your pet to be walked.
While you are passing down instructions, make sure that the pet sitter is taking notes of the specific needs that you indicate. This is a sign of a good pet sitter, someone who pays attention to what you say and tries to execute your instructions as you instructed. You know your dog best, and if the pet sitter follows your instructions properly, then a calamity can be avoided.
Always sign a contract to seal the deal. Many pet sitters have contracts that are also legally binding that can help resolve any issues. If your pet sitter does not have a contract, then make sure you have a contract prepared and made sure the terms are agreeable.