Four Things to Consider in Hiring Pet Sitting Service

For us travellers, the world is our oyster. We want to travel to different lands that satiate our thirst for new discoveries. But if you’re a fur parent like me, travelling can also be an overwhelming decision. To arrange care for your pets if you’re away brings an uneasy feeling. I know you’re one with me in saying that your pet is already family to you. You eat with them, play with them, and cuddle with them until you’ll fall asleep. You have also treated them in times of their sickness. It’s no wonder that you wanna have high standards for pet sitters; not only you want them to provide basic necessities like water and food, but also, you want them to be your pet’s companion and playmate when you’re away.

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Fill your standards with these four things you need to consider in pet sitting service.

1. Sitter’s commitment

As a pet owner, I strongly feel that your sitter should have a high sense of commitment to attending your pet. Identify a schedule when can your candidate visit you and your pet. A three-day test is beneficial for you. In this test, you can check her/his arrival habits. Does s/he come on time? Is s/he well groomed? Does s/he come prepared for the job? If s/he remains consistent for this period, you got a good candidate. Most likely, s/he is a good candidate to be considered for the job.

2. Trainings and qualifications

Do an interview. Ask your candidates about pet-sitting experience, and more importantly, trainings and qualifications. What were the pets that s/he took care of? Did s/he undergo special training in attending pets? It’s implied that having trainings and qualifications can equip you with necessary knowledge; that knowledge is needed to attend the job that we need to do. Us pet owners should have the assurance that our sitter knows what to do. Hence, interviewing is an important step to verify attendance to training. It’s in this process that you can check whether the candidate is capable of handling special needs of your pets, and moreover, behavioral issues.

3. Communication with your sitter

The candidate should be proactive in communicating with you during your travel. How will s/he give updates when you’re away? Will this be done through daily texts? Or daily pictures? A good sitter makes a daily record of your pet’s moods, activities, and eating habits. Moreover, s/he should relay them all to you as part of your monitoring.

4. Fees and services

It’s no-brainer that both of you, pet owner and sitter, should agree first on services. All details shall be written on an agreement form. What will be the coverage of your sitter’s responsibility? What are her/his visiting hours? Will her/his service include home accommodation? Will s/he include walking services? grooming? In case of a delay in your arrival, is s/he willing to continue her/his sitting services? Once all details are identified, this will be your time now to calculate compensation. Identify a rate that best pays her/his work.

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