With Spring Break around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about finding a pet sitter.
We all know that finding a good pet sitter can be difficult. And with spring break around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about finding one. Not to worry, when using these tips, you’ll find the perfect fit for your fur baby.
Get to know the sitter with an interview!
Once you find a handful of good candidates near you, reach out to schedule a phone interview. Use these sample questions to help pick the best candidates.
- What type of pets do you usually sit for? It is a good idea to look for a sitter who has worked with your type of pet before. Someone that has experience will help put you at ease.
- Have you had any training? Basic training courses, behavior modification courses, and pet first aid all indicate a pet sitter that will be prepared no matter what.
- What services do you provide? Not all pet sitters are willing to stay overnight, take your dog to the dog park, or pick up your mail. Ask for a list of possible services and prices.
- Can you provide references? Ask for a list of references and then contact them.
Introduce your pet to their new friend.
After choosing the right pet sitter for your needs, invite them over to meet your pet(s) before you leave on your getaway. This will help ensure that everyone gets along! This also gives you the chance to show them where everything pet related is.
Preparing for the sitter.
Before you leave, you’ll want to write down everything they’ll need to know. Instructions for feeding and supplements or medication your pet needs are a must. You’ll also want to write down instructions on cleaning up, playtime, exercise and your dog’s basic daily routine. Be sure to provide contact information, phone numbers and addresses of your vet, local animal hospital, and friends or neighbors. Stock up on extra food, supplies and medications too in case for some reason you’re delayed in your return.