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Summer Travel Tips: Finding Fido the Perfect Pet Sitter

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Bags packed? Check. Mail stopped? Check. Fridge cleaned out? Check. Fido? Oh, no! Unless you are taking a pet friendly family vacation this summer, you are going to need to find a place to house your fluffiest family member while you are gone – whether he be cat, dog, or bird. Our friends at DogVacay gave us these five handy hints on how to find the best professional pet sitter in your town so you can sit back and relax knowing your pet is in good hands while you’re away.

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1. Interview your potential pet-sitter, and have your pet interview them too. Not only should the pet-sitter meet your expectations upon your meet and greet but they should also get the stamp of approval from Fido. The sitter’s interaction with your pet is incredibly important. Watch to see if he or she pets your dog, offers your dog water or a treat and seems warm and loving. These first reactions can be a vital sign to you as to how they will treat your pet while you are away.

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2. Ask for References. Possibly the most important piece of the pet-sitting puzzle is calling other pet owners and getting their feedback. Do your due diligence, and you’ll feel better with whatever decision you make knowing that you spoke with fellow pet owners who’ve been in your position.

3. Cover the basics. No matter how trivial you think your questions are, you deserve to know the level of expertise and enthusiasm of your pet-sitter. For example: how many pets have you cared for? What will your typical day look like when you’re caring for my pet? How many times will my dog be taken out for walks?

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4. Don’t be afraid to tell them too much. In order for your pet-sitter, your dog and you to have the best experience it’s crucial that you tell them anything and everything about your pup. Maybe it’s that he doesn’t like the mailman, or needs to take medication. Anything related to your pet’s health, dietary restrictions, personality and mannerisms are things you should tell your potential pet-sitter before leaving your dog in their care.

5. Check in with Fido. After your dog is back in your care, is your pet happy? Agitated? Angry? Relaxed? Scared? These are all things that play into your pet’s experience with the pet-sitter and will give you a peek into what their day was like. If they’re not acting themselves, it may be time to look for another pet-sitting option.

Looking to house your pet locally? Check out these great Savvy Sassy Mom approved websites for further info:

DogVacay
UrbanSitter
SitterCity
PetSit
PetSitters

Do you have any great pet sitter tips to share? We’d love to get your tried and true input!

Meet the Author | Christina Montoya Fiedler


Christina Montoya Fiedler is a Los Angeles native - born and raised. Before becoming a mom, and writing for various parenting sites so she could be home full time with her son, she was a publicist representing environmentally progressive architects and contractors - one of whom just finished building a home completely out of parts from a Boeing 747. Now that's cool!

One Comment
  • October 16, 2013

    As you say in your article, make sure you do your homework. Another question to ask is if they are bonded and insured. Be sure not to wait until the last minute to start looking for your pet sitter.

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