Pet Sitting 101




cropped-6bd702cd-d928-4665-baf3-44bce6b223921.jpegWhy at home pet sitting is the way to go. 

No matter the kind of travel you are doing (daily, work, or pleasure), it is no secret that finding the right care for your dog is difficult. There are many options out there when it comes to pet care, there is no question about that.  However, with so many options how do you know which service is the right service for you?

First, let’s talk about the types of pet care that are available. When looking at the big picture there is at home pet care and drop off pet care; these both provide unique services. Drop off pet care is a service in which you take your pet to a location and drop him/her off.  These locations offer anything from private rooms, to grooming, boarding and group sitting. The positive is that they get to mingle and make new friends.  However, the upside to at home pet care severely out ways those of drop off services.

When hiring an at home pet caregiver you and your pet get a personalized service.  Most importantly your pet gets to stay in a familiar comfortable environment.  On top of that, the options of which service you may want and need are endless. There are some services that offer overnight (certain ones even collect your mail for you and take out the trash), others offer 1 or 2 daily visits, hiking, dog park visits, and anything in-between.  Additionally, if you have an elderly pet or a pet who has medical needs, being in their environment is what is best for them.  The point is that you can find the right service that fits your pet’s needs.

Now let’s address what many of you may be asking, “How can I trust someone I don’t know in my home?”. Well there are some steps you should follow before choosing a pet sitter/walker/caregiver. Let’s start off with finding out if they are certified, insured, and bonded. These are 3 major components that we highly suggest you take into consideration when deciding on a pet sitter.

What do these things mean? When a sitter is certified it means they read on the proper material and passed a test on the safety and care of a pet.  Insured means that once your pet is in their care, any non-pre-existing injuries are coved under their insurance. Bonded is very similar to being insured, but its holds the company to a moral standard such as protecting your property from things such as theft. The Business of The Carolina’s is the main company that offers this for pet professionals.  In-addition you want a sitter who is part of organizations such as Pet Sitters International (PSI), The Humane Society, or Professional United Pet Sitters (PUPS).  Being apart of these organizations help to show their dedication and passion for animals; meaning your pets will be in the best care.

Other steps to take when deciding on an at home pet sitter is to check out their reviews. Do they have a website or blog?  Are they on Yelp or Google?  If they are local, are there others who endorse them? Lastly, does your pet professional offer a service such as a “meet and greet”?  This is huge!  An at home pet sitter should absolutely offer such a service. A meet and greet allows for you to meet the person and get a feel, make sure you are comfortable with them. Most importantly to make sure your pet is comfortable and trust them. At Pass the Pup, we offer a free 30-minute meet and greet.  In this meet and greet, the dog sitter gets to know the pet (Do they like belly rubs? Which commands work best for the pet? etc.…), the pet gets to know the sitter (Do I trust this human?), and the owner gets to know their sitter personally (Do I feel comfortable with this person).

In conclusion, at home pet services are the way to go. You get a piece of mind that your dog is getting one-on-one attention and most importantly your pet gets personalized care and comfortability. Now, head on over to to get your personalized pet service today!

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