5 Tips for Finding a Dog Sitter

Finding a dog sitter can be tricky. Your dog is a member of the family and you want someone to take care of him of her the same way you do while  you’re at work or away on vacation. So how do you find a good, trustworthy dog sitter? Here are five tips.

1. Ask Friends and Family

Start by asking friends and family that live nearby for recommendations. Who better to suggest a sitter than those closest to you and the people you trust? Another good resource is your neighbors as they’re more likely to know of a local sitter.

2. Check Out Google

The internet is a wonderful thing as we all know, so just bring up Google and type in “dog sitter” and your city name and see what pops up. You can find dog sitter websites, ratings, prices, and, if you see a dog sitter you’re interested in, you can call or fill out a contact form to get in touch quickly.

3. Interview, Interview, Interview

Deciding who’s going to take care of your dog is a serious decision, so don’t rush through the interview process and hire the first person you talk to even if you do think they’re perfect. Interview a few different sitters and take detailed notes before making a decision.

4. Watch Their Interactions

During their interview, watch how your potential sitter interacts with your pooch. Does your dog seem to like this person? Does the person seem to like your dog? Do you get a general good vibe between the two?

5. Try a Test Run

Maybe you’re torn between two sitters. Maybe you’re just not sure if the sitter you picked is ‘the one’. If that’s the case, ask for a test run. Have the dog sitter visit your dog one day while you’re not home and see what happens. If everything goes well, perfect. If something seems off, try another sitter.

It may take a while, but if you follow these five steps, you’ll definitely find the best dog sitter for your pooch.

3 replies
  1. Pet Care Software
    Pet Care Software says:

    Your dog will be the best judge of character in this situation. You can do all the interviewing, Googling, and reference checking you want, but if your dog isn’t excited to be around the potential sitter you should move along. It’s a relationship after all!

  2. Feedfond
    Feedfond says:

    Good to read. The information in this article has truly been helpful for me. I have been following your blog for a long time. In our busy life schedule sometimes staying with our pets is difficult and that is why we need a dog sitter. Finding a good dog sitter is the challenge, lots of things to be concerned about. After going through your blog for me has now made it easy for me to find a trustworthy dog sitter. During the interview, it is very important to find out, the potential interaction between dogs and dogs sitter, we need to focus on it. I think dog owners will be benefited greatly if they try out your suggestions. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!


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