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Finding a Pet Sitter.

We love our pets just as much as they love us, but we can’t be with them every minute of our lives. Whether you’re out of town or at the office all day, there comes a time when you need a pet sitter. It might seem daunting to find the appropriate person to watch your animal, but it doesn’t have to be.
Need a pet sitter for your beloved pooch?

Decide what qualities you want your sitter to have.
Nobody knows your pooch better than you do, so be transparent with their needs. Are you going to need somebody who can administer medication? Do you want somebody who has experience taking care of puppies? Not everyone will mesh well with your animal, and that’s totally fine. Animals behave different with each person, so you need somebody who understands your pet’s personality.

Meet with the sitter before agreeing to let them watch your pet.
Just as you would with a babysitter, see how they interact with your dog or cat. If you have an animal who is shy, make sure they aren’t playing too rough, or if your animal is needy, observe how the sitter gives him attention.
Different pets have different needs.

Don’t try to convince the sitter to watch your pet.
Remember that comfort goes both ways. If you find a sitter you like but they aren’t sure if it’s the right fit for them, then it isn’t the right fit for you. The sitter has to remain calm under pressure and comfortable either being in your home or having your pet at theirs. Pushing them to watch your pet will not be the ideal situation for anyone.

Compare prices.
Independent pet sitters can set their own rates, so research what’s standard in your area. Some of the cheaper packages may exclude certain services that pricier ones include, like grooming, and sometimes there’s a difference in the length of time they take your pet on a walk.
Having fun? :)

These handy tips should help you find the sitter that will best suit your and your pet’s needs.

Written by Greer Grenley, community member.
Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

4 replies:

kelly reci said...

I am very much focus with my pets and It is really hard for me to pay attention with my pets since I am working. This is agood guide finding a pet sitter.

Ronnie said...

It's so difficult to find a good pet sitter who is available, fairly priced and well-recommended. Thank you for your great tips!

Unknown said...

This is such a great post on finding a pet sitter. I will definitely share this with my cousin who is planning to get a pet sitter before they travel.

Erica S ( said...

I should really look into a sitter for our dog, at least for a time. She is 3 and high energy and I can't exercise her properly because I'm recovering from a leg injury.