Not all Dog Walkers/Pet Sitters are created equal, nor are they all professional & competent. In hiring a Dog Walker/Pet Sitter, it is important to make sure you have chosen the right person to care for your beloved animal. Here are some things to consider when deciding if you want to hire the high school kid down the street or a professional to walk your dog/s or care for your pets while you are away:
A professional Dog Walker/Pet Sitter has made an investment in their clients and their business. They are dedicated to the job (i.e. not just looking to make a few dollars in between jobs).
A professional Dog Walker/Pet Sitter should be Insured, Bonded, & Pet First Aid Certified.
A professional Dog Walker/Pet Sitter is reliable and can guarantee ongoing availability for your pet.
A professional Dog Walker/Pet Sitter is caring, affectionate, & patient with your pets. They are properly trained and have extensive experience with all personalities and breeds. They understand dog behavior and body language.
A professional Dog Walker/Pet Sitter reacts well in potentially dangerous situations. I personally have had two instances where the dog I was walking was attacked by another dog, both resulting in immediate ER visits and stitches.
A professional Dog Walker/Pet Sitter can network with other Dog Walkers/Pet Sitters across the country to get ideas, ask questions, and stay informed.
A professional Dog Walker/Pet Sitter has safety measures in place to ensure that the dogs they walk cannot get away from them while outside.
A professional Dog Walker/Pet Sitter takes an active interest in the dogs they walk, & pets they sit. They are looking to bond with these animals on a long-term basis.
A professional Dog Walker/Pet Sitter is honest in communicating problems & issues with dogs & cats they care for to their owners.
A professional Dog Walker/Pet Sitter conducts themselves in a respectful & responsible manner in client’s homes.
There’s that old adage… you get what you pay for and in this case, it’s at your pet’s expense. Once you experience professional Dog Walking/Pet Sitting in your home, you'll never worry about being away from your pet again!