Why Hire a Pet Sitter?
Simple, because you need one sometimes. We have an elderly dog that doesn’t do well in some settings. We found a great sitter, recommended by other Dane lovers. She’s great, Buddy loves her, and she doesn’t charge an arm and a leg.
We LOVE to travel with the dogs, when we can. However, it’s not always so easy. Sometimes pet friendly places are difficult to find, or afford. Sometimes things happen on short notices and you just don’t have time to plan ahead.
My best advice for finding a reliable and trustworthy pet sitter? Ask your friends and neighbors. You won’t get a better recommendation that from someone who has first-hand knowledge of a service provider.
What Do I Ask a Potential Pet Sitter?
You want to know about experience, location, fees, and other pertinent info. I created a printable just for this purpose. Nothing too fancy, just something to help you ask the right questions when you interview potential pet sitters. Click the preview below to view and print the pdf version of the file.
I Found a Pet Sitter – Now What?
You want to make sure they meet the pet(s) before the day they will be caring for them. At least 2 meetings are recommended. The first should be brief and the animal just allowed to say hello, sniff around and that is that. The 2nd visit there can be more interaction and some play time. If your pet sitter will agree, you can have them sit with the animal for an hour or so while you run an errand or go grab a coffee. This will ease the animal(s) into an extended stay with their new friend.
When the day arrives, that you leave your fur kids(s) alone with the sitter, there will need to be info exchanged. Feeding rules, treat allowances, medications needed, where you are staying, etc. We have that covered as well! Here’s another great FREE printable for you. Just click the preview below to view and print the full sized file.
I hope that you find these pet sitter printables helpful. Please share this post with your pet loving family and friends who might need to hire a pet sitter.