Do you own turtles, hampsters, ferrets or even a tortoise? these special animals need special heat and appropriate misting. Puppies need around the clock care and to be taken out every hour. Will the kennel do that for you? How about an older or sick dog that will need very special care with a slower walk or medication injections?
If you need a professional pet sitter specializes in animal care to give the best care possible for your pet while you are away, this guide will give you some tips to help your pets to have total attention day and night.
Whether you are away for the holidays, on a business trip, or on Vacation, I want you to have a wonderful time and not have to worry about who will be caring for your pet while you are away with these tips.
Shortcut To Useful Tips
- 1 What services do Pet Sitters provide?
- 2 What if I want a Pet Sitter to stay at my house overnight?
- 3 Will my Sitter have tons of dogs in her home when I arrive?
- 4 Is it a good idea to meet my Sitter before dropping my pet?
- 5 Should my pet sitter own pets?
- 6 Should I ask for references from the pet sitter?
- 7 What are some red flags to look for in a sitter?
- 8 How will I know my pet is being cared for properly?
- 9 Checklist for a pet sitter when you are away
- 10 What to remind my pet sitter during Christmas vacation?
- 11 Summer is almost here! What is the most thing I dread you ask?
- 12 When to walk the dog during summer?
- 13 What are the best dog Potty Training Tips for my pet sitter(and me)?
- 14 How to stop my cat from urinating in different areas of my home?
- 15 What type of dog breed should I get?
- 16 How do choose a kitten to adopt?
What services do Pet Sitters provide?
All Pet Sitters offer different services. This can include providing care in a pet sitter’s home/office or yours for almost any animal. Some pet sitter also offers potty Training. You want to find a pet sitter who takes it more than boarding. He/she should play, love, and care for your pets like he/she would do with his/her own pets so the love and attention never stops; Which is not provided in a boarding facility.
Please Note, some pet sitters do not accept aggressive breeds such as all Pit breeds, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino, Wolf Hybrid, Chow Chow, American Bulldog,Tosa, Presa Canario, American Stafford Bull Terrier (mastiff for large amounts of drool). Make sure to communicate with the pet sitter before any decision.
For cats, dogs, exotics, reptiles, and small mammals, standard visits can include feeding and watering your pet and playtime. Also includes cleaning the litter box, securing your home, collecting your mail, alternating lights, and watering house plants.
You should consider In-home personal care for older dogs who may need timley medicine or puppies who need around the clock care.
Extra pay services can include
- add a shampoo
- add a walk
- add a flea bath
For horses, cows & livestock, the pet sitter can feed and water your pet. Other needs can be added for additional fees such as cleaning a horse stall and exercise.
What if I want a Pet Sitter to stay at my house overnight?
Some Pet Sitters will offer this service so it’s always good to call and ask for exactly what you need.
Will my Sitter have tons of dogs in her home when I arrive?
Again, every sitter is different. Most pet sitters have a 4-5 dog max limit so to give the best care possible which also promotes less stress on the pet.
Is it a good idea to meet my Sitter before dropping my pet?
Yes!, you should always meet your sitter in person. You wouldn’t leave your child with someone you didn’t meet, would you? You should feel comfortable with the pet sitter and his/her home. The pet sitter will want to meet your pet so he/she can check its personality, aggression level fears etc.
Should my pet sitter own pets?
This is strictly up to you, and your pet. It can be helpful if the pet sitter has owned a lot of pets and is very experienced with many animals including horses, dogs, cats, farm animals, exotics – and esp your pet type. You should understand whether your pet is shy or very sociable with other pets around.
Should I ask for references from the pet sitter?
Yes! most definitely you should ask for references and if they cannot provide them I suggest you look elsewhere. A professional sitter will gladly give you information and not hide things.
What are some red flags to look for in a sitter?
I personally think if they have a full-time job that is not pet sitting I would be worried. Who is watching your pet while they work? Who is letting your pet outside when they work? Will they be outside all day? Do they live in an apartment? Will your dog have the right amount of exercise? Is their home large enough to accommodate a few pets? Does the pet sitter crate dogs, or do it unless they urinate or become aggressive?
What is the hygiene of the home? Is the backyard pure dirt? Does it smell like dog poo when you walk in the door? Is the pet sitter’s home big enough for your large pet? Is there a huge dog park nearby? A responsible pet sitter properly will disinfect daily 🙂
Experience is a must! please make sure your sitter has the experience required for all breeds and the animals being cared for.
How will I know my pet is being cared for properly?
This is why a meet/greet is a necessity! Make sure you have a good feeling before leaving your pet! Ask the pet sitter to send video/picture text daily of all of your pets on their pet progress. Only you know when something doesn’t feel quite right so use your own judgment. I pray you will find the best sitter possible for you and your pet!
Checklist for a pet sitter when you are away
You have probably never given much thought to just how much time and effort you put into your pet’s good health and happiness. We have!
When you are gone, many things have to be done on a daily basis to make certain your pets are safe, secure, comfortable, and happy. Here is a 26 point checklist for pet sitter every time he/she visits with your pets.
- Sanitizing to reduce illness & disease
- Releasing your security system
- Bringing in the newspaper
- Bringing in the mail
- Giving each pet clean, freshwater
- Giving each pet the proper amount of food
- Making sure each pet eats their food
- Checking each pet’s condition
- Administering medication if needed
- Checking on the welfare of shy or reclusive pets
- Restoring the supplies in the proper places
- Giving treats (if they are allowed)
- Cleaning up any “accidents” or messes that may occur
- Poop-scoop the yard
- Watering the Plants
- Having playtime with each pet
- Cleaning the litter boxes
- Maintaining a comfort level in the home that you set
- Checking all internal and external doors and windows
- Monitoring the condition of the home
- Ensuring the house fence perimeter is secure
- Changing the lighting arrangement
- Making sure pets are in their proper placeMaking notes for the owners
- Re-locking the house
- Restoring the security system
You do most of these things automatically when you are home. But isn’t it comforting to know that someone is going to go through a Checklist each day and do them for you while you’re away?
Bonus pet tips:
What to remind my pet sitter during Christmas vacation?
Did you know that poinsettias are very toxic to animals? Yes! So please be sure you and your sitter are very careful with harmful plants this Christmas and let’s keep our pets safe!
Summer is almost here! What is the most thing I dread you ask?
Thats right, fleas! These pesky creatures can cause extreme damage. Please use a monthly flea treatment this year and go the extra mile and treat your yard too. This will make for a happy pet! Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
When to walk the dog during summer?
High summer means warm sunny days filled with ice cream, long walks, and summer holidays.
But, let’s paws for a minute. Would you go out in this heat, walking on the road in your bare feet? No…? Then think about your pet who has to do exactly that.
We recommend NOT walking your dog during the hottest part of the day, giving the road a chance to cool down by walking either early morning or late evening. By each event, do touch the road with your bare hand to make sure it is cool enough. If it burns you, it will most certainly burn your dog.
Another option is to get your dog use to wearing booties or shoes! Happy summer!
What are the best dog Potty Training Tips for my pet sitter(and me)?
The first rule of thumb in potty training your dog is to BE CONSISTENT! There are many good ways to potty train a dog but that is the worst thing you can do is take it outside every hour then the next day leaves the dog inside all day and wonders what’s wrong. Your puppy doesn’t understand your schedule so you have to set boundaries for your dog. So, be consistent.
My personal tactics are taking your dog outside every hour and placing your pet in the grass. Wait for it to potty and give lots of praise! Then remove the pet from outside so it can relate that outside means potty time, not playtime. it can be hard at first but if you are consistent, it will pay off! After your dog is fully potty trained then you can allow your pet playtime outside. Getting up in the middle of the night is part of that consistency. If you have further questions please email me I am always happy to help a parent in need! good luck!
How to stop my cat from urinating in different areas of my home?
This does happen with cats fairly often. If you have a new spouse being introduced to the family this is a big problem when a cat thinks they rule the home. If your cat is urinating in different areas of your home then my advice is find out what has changed in your home. Is there a new spouse, child, or pet in the home? Have you had lots of visitors or moved into a new home? All these things can stress a cat out and cause them to let you know they are not happy with you or this new situation. Cats do not like change and when that happens they are not happy. Spend extra time with your cat especially if there is a new person in the home. Allow this new person to spend time with the cat, so they can see the new person is not a threat. good luck!
What type of dog breed should I get?
Picking a new family dog is always exciting and fun! However, please, please know what type of breed you are getting BEFORE you purchase/adopt this new dog. I see it time and time again. This little great Dane puppy is soooo cute!! 5 months later when it is over a hundred pounds and the dog can clearly jump over the fence you send it to the pound and it is looking for a new home and you are upset and feel terrible.
How to avoid this devastating choice is by doing your research BEFORE you get a new dog. There are tons and tons of information online and in book stores. Visiting breeders is a great way to see what the breed is like. A few things you should ask yourself beforehand is this: How much time do I have to spend with this dog?
How much money do I have to afford grooming for this new dog? How much will this dog shed? Will this new dog do well with my children? Please do research on which dog is best for you and your family so we won’t have dogs abandoned in pounds.
How do choose a kitten to adopt?
It can be hard to resist kittens when you decide to host a cat in the family.
They are playful, players. You also have the chance to raise them as you see fit from the beginning. At the same time, they require a lot of attention and you have to be vigilant, especially if they are naughty!
Are you prepared to invest the time and energy needed to meet a kitten’s needs?
If you want to host a kitten, you will have to take this into consideration.
A kitten that avoids the group and never wants to approach you is more likely to grow up shy and not like to be touched. Having a kitten that repeatedly bites and claws your hands can mean that it will play brutally as you grow up.
When choosing a kitten, check that it is apparently healthy. His eyes must be bright and clear, his ears clean, his claws smooth and his coat shiny and thick (depending on the breed) without signs of fleas. If you buy a kitten from a breeder, he may have already had a veterinarian examine him to make sure he is in good health. If not, ask him if you can take him for a health check before making a definite commitment to bring him home. If you already have at least one cat, acquiring a kitten can create fewer social conflicts than another adult cat.
If you do not have a cat now but want to have more in the future, taking one or two kittens means that they will grow together and therefore they should get along! For more information, read our guide on how to introduce your cat to other pets in the home.
Do you have a horse that needs daily exercise?
A Chameleon that needs daily misting?
How about a rare Gouldian Finch?
A professional pet sitter can care for your horses or even ride for you, nurse a breeding Gouldian Finch back to health after being egg bound, hand-fed bearded dragons and iguana’s, and more…
I believe every animal deserves the best care possible. Animals are God’s creations, not properties, not objects, but the best of His awesome creations. We shall cherish every creature the Lord has made.
Animals are God’s precious gifts and we should treat them with the utmost respect. Ask questions, If I have not given you the right answer I will find the answer for you. I wish you all the luck to find the best pet sitter who will make sure your pet has the least amount of stress possible.