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Person in Brown Cable Knife Sweater Holding White and Black PuppyChoosing The Right Qualified Pet Sitter for Your Dog

While leaving your pet for a weekend or more away is not an ideal situation it seems to be inevitable that it may happen.  Whether it’s a vacation, a work trip, or a family emergency, you cannot always be there with your pooch or take him with you. The good news is that you can find a pet sitter to take care of your four-legged friend while you’re away.  Are you anxious about who will be there to look after your pet while you’re gone? Don’t fret. Here are a few tips on how to find the best pet sitter to take care of your pets with as much care as you always give them.

Community

Looking to your community is always a good first step. Local pet sitting services and even esteemed veterinarian offices can offer a bevy of services and information about reliable pet sitters. They will be able to provide you with references and recommendations about the most sought out pet sitters for your pooch.  In addition, your community works best on word of mouth recommendations, and you will be able to access real advice rather than tips read out of a book.

De-briefing

You will need to make sure that you ask pertinent questions. Do not be shy about what you ask your potential pet sitter. After all, he or she will be responsible for your furry family member.  You will want them to be as dedicated and diligent as you always are. Having a list prepared of your expectations is not only reasonable, but necessary. Medications, an established routine, and a treat schedule need to be communicated so that your pet sitter can provide the best care possible. If the potential candidate has any issues with meeting these requirements it would be wise to look elsewhere.

Qualifications

As with any job application, you’ll want to make sure that your pet sitter is qualified.  This can be determined by references, word of mouth recommendations, sites like Yelp.com and the like.  Any professional and personal tributes can inform you of whether the person you’ve designated for taking care of your pet is qualified or even just trustworthy.

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Approval

The last, but most important step is not only getting your approval, but getting the approval of your pets that you will be entrusting to someone else’s care. You will want to have an initial meeting while you are present to see how your pet-sitter gets along with your fur-babies. They will need to be comfortable with the person you choose and vice-versa.

Now that you have the best guidelines for picking a pet sitter, it’s time to get started looking for your perfect match. Leaving your pet behind for a day or longer can be unnerving, but it doesn’t have to be. Finding the right pet sitter may take some time, but it’s worth it in the long run. Your pet’s safety and well-being is the most important thing after all.  Click here for more guidelines and to see how to keep your pooch safe while you’re away.  You will rest easy knowing your pup is in the best care!