Not all Pet Sitters or Dog Walkers are created equal, nor are they all professional. Some only have experience caring for their own pets and not experience caring for a variety of breeds, temperaments, on a professional level. When hiring a Professional Pet Sitter, it is important to make sure you have chosen the right person, who is highly qualified, can provide appropriate credentials and making sure they have the experience to care for your beloved furry family member and your house as well as emergency procedures in place.
If work or travel will keep you away from your pets, you've likely considered various pet-care options, from asking for help from a family member or friend to securing the services of a professional pet sitter. For pet owners who want the best care for their pets and who want the peace of mind that comes from using an educated, responsible pet-care provider, professional pet sitters are a great choice! At Pet Sitters International (PSI), we are committed to providing pet owners with the information you need to select the best possible pet-care option for your pets. In addition to offering pet owners free access to PSI's Official Pet Sitter Locator, we also want to ensure you have the information you need to choose a professional pet sitter that is right for you and your pets.
“Pet sitting” is defined as “the act of caring for a pet in its own home while the owner is away.” Dog walking is also a form of pet sitting since it involves coming to the pet’s home to provide exercise and companionship.
As the definition above indicates, pet sitters care for your pets in your home. Pet owners often use pet sitters when they go on a vacation, travel for business or are working long hours.
Pet sitters often offer more than one pet-sitting visit per day, and some pet sitters offer overnight stays as well.
During the pet-sitting visits, pet sitters perform a variety of tasks, including:
Pet sitters also often bring in mail or newspapers and alternate blinds and lights to give the home a “lived-in look” if the owners are away. Pet sitters may also perform other tasks as requested by the pet owners.
More and more pet owners are using the services of Professional Pet Sitters to take advantage of the benefits in-home pet care provides:
• Pets are happier and experience less stress at home.
• Diet and exercise routines are uninterrupted.
• Travel trauma for both owner and pet is eliminated.
• Pet's exposure to illness is minimized.
• Untrained or unwilling friends/family/neighbors need not be called.
• In-home professional pet care provides added peace of mind.
As the pet-care industry grows, it is important that pet owners are more prudent than ever when selecting a pet sitter.
As more and more online pet-sitter directories become available, it is important to research any site you are considering using to find a pet sitter and pay special attention to the service providers listed.
Consider these questions:
Pet Sitters International (PSI) provides pet owners with access to the largest online directory of professional pet sitters free-of-charge. PSI pet sitters have access to the most comprehensive pet-care and business resources in the pet-sitting industry.
Benefits for the Pet Pawrent
Just as some people are “dog people” and others are “cat” or “bird” people, there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to finding the right pet sitter to meet the specific needs of you and your pet. The Pet-Sitting industry has grown in recent years. This has provided pet owners with many options for choosing a Professional Pet Sitter, whether you are looking for cat care, dog sitting, exotic bird care, pet fish care or anything else in the way of in-home pet-care services. With more pet-sitting options and numerous online pet-sitter directories, you will need to be more prudent in your search for reliable pet care. Practice due diligence to ensure that you are using the services of a true professional pet sitter. Finding a pet sitter to provide the right pet-care services requires an investment of time—time to do phone interviews, conduct an in-your-home meeting and thoroughly check references on those you’re considering hiring.
Print out this handy Pet Sitter Interview Checklist that will provide you with all the questions you need to ask to ensure you are getting the right pet sitter for your pets.
PSI has offered its members a complete pet-sitter insurance and bonding protection program since 1995. All active PSI members are able to purchase comprehensive coverage designed specifically for pet sitters. It is extremely important for you, as a pet-sitting client, to be aware of the primary differences in insurance policies when it comes to protecting your pets and property. Confirming that a pet sitter's insurance policy includes care, custody or control coverage is extremely important.
When you engage the services of a pet sitter or dog walker who has obtained appropriate certified credentials, you are gaining access to someone with the in-depth knowledge and skills necessary for providing superior in-home pet care.
When you see the CPPS logo, you can rest assured your pet sitter has successfully passed rigorous testing on companion animal care and business practices.
Remember, it may take a little time up front to determine the pet-sitting services best suited for your situation. Once you’ve made this match, we hope you’ll agree with the hundreds of thousands of pet owners who say,
“My pet sitter is worth her (or his) weight in gold!”