6 Effective Tips to Find the Right Person!
As much as we love our lovely companions, there are places we need to attend which our pets are not able to accompany us to. During these times most people opt in for pet sitters and boarding kennels while others leave enough food and water out until they are back.
I have never been able to get myself to do the second option as I am just too concerned about my beautiful dog and cats. Boarding kennels are all too far away from where I live so I always end up needing a pet sitter.
Choose a Pet Sitter
Choosing the right pet sitter is a real challenge, I tell you. If do not have any family members or neighbors who are experienced with pets, you are going to need someone with experience. I really do not recommend forcing anyone without experience into pet sitting because things might escalate, and they might not know what to do.
What should be considered while choosing a pet sitter?
Of course, there are apps available like PetSitter and Rover but when it comes to pet sitting 5-star reviews are not everything in the world. A person might have flawless reviews but your experience with him may turn out to be a nightmare.
The internet is flooded with stories of how sitters with bad reviews were not like how they were presenting themselves so do not just hire anyone. In order to take a measure against this, I really suggest you hold job interviews with your potential sitters. Yes, that is right, a job interview. After all they will be looking after the most precious things in your life and you need to be sure that they are the right fit.
In this article, we will take a dive into what you should ask and consider in these interviews.
Make sure you are dealing with a professional
Most pet sitters do this job as a side gig. While they cost a lot less, they may forget about your instructions and other important details that you hold dear.
If you want the best possible care for your pets, it is really important to hire a professional, do not hesitate to ask your candidates if they are doing this professionally if they do not mention it themselves.
Ask for references
Not all 5-star reviews are references, and they may be easily faked. So ask for references and also consider contacting these references to ask them about their experience with the said sitter.
Pet owners tend to be sensitive on matters such as this and the feedback they would give directly to you would be the most honest feedback you can find anywhere. It is quite important to not rush things and take your time with this process, picking other owners’ brains actually helps a lot and fastens the process.
Make sure they are not just good with pets
Well yes, we are looking for someone to take care of our pets, but we also need someone that we can have a conversation with. The person you will be dealing should be able to listen and follow your instructions.
To verify if they are good listeners you can revert back to step 2 and ask their references if they were able to perform certain tasks that they were instructed to do. And also ask them what those instructions they were because giving a urgently needled medicine to a pet and taking it out for a walk is not the same thing.
Make sure they are punctual
The best way to test this is to check whether they arrive late or not for the first meeting. Someone who is not that punctual will not be able to perform time bounded tasks.
If your pet needs a certain type of medicine at a certain time, you are going to need someone who can do this in time. Apart from being in time, you will need someone who CAN actually do this, so make sure to ask them if they have any experience with similar situations as some pets can be quite aggressive during this process.
Do not be shy about asking questions such as “My dog needs pills, how would you give them to him?” and analyze if their ways work for you.
Make sure they know what they are getting into
Before shaking hands on any kind of deals, you should make sure that they know what type of pet they will be dealing with. If you have different pets such as dogs and cats in the same house, you are going to need someone who is okay with taking care of both.
If the sitter is great with dogs but can “tolerate” cats, well you just cannot trust him/her with your cats.
Pay attention to their interests
Finally, if they happen to be more interested with their surroundings, a.k.a. your house, instead of being focused on your pets, it may be a bad sign.
Also check if they are more interested in you or your pets. A mixture of this is ideal, as someone who loves their job will not be able to stop themselves from petting and analyzing your cuties!
Hope this small guide was helpful in your search in How to Choose a Pet Sitter.