You no longer have to call in favors from your family members or beg the most responsible neighbor kid to take care of your pets while you’re gone. Rover.com makes finding a qualified pet sitter not just convenient; it’s entirely stress-free. While there are thousands of approved pet sitters in the Rover network, you still need to pick someone who is a match for your furry friends. Consider these tips when looking for the right pet sitter:
1. Take your time. In other words, don’t wait until the last minute to find a pet sitter. What kind of pet sitter are you looking for? Someone with a flexible schedule? Great with senior dogs? Patient with puppies who are potty training? Take the time to read through the Rover pet sitter profiles, message potential sitters and ask questions, and schedule time to meet. If you’re clear on what you’re looking for in a pet sitter, you’ll have an easier time narrowing your choices.
2. Ask your dog. Once you’ve narrowed down to your 2-3 favorite pet sitters, schedule a meet and greet so your pets have the opportunity to see who they like. Don’t expect that your first choice will also be your dog’s favorite too. Ultimately, your pets have to get along with their pet sitter. If they’re not happy, no one will be happy. Keep in mind, your dog may take time to adjust to new people and new smells, so don’t assume the first visit with a new pet sitter will tell you everything.
3. Ask for what you want. When you meet with potential pet sitters, share about the kind of pet owner you are and what you’re looking for in a pet sitter. Share the rules of the house with the pet sitter. Are the dogs allowed on the couch? If not, what do you do if your dog breaks the rules? Train new pet sitters to use your training commands and follow the routine that you’ve set for your pets.
4. Pay a fair rate. If you’ve put the time into finding the right pet sitter, you’ll want to create a mutually beneficial relationship that lasts. To have a loyal pet sitter who loves working with you, pay them what they’re worth. Every Rover.com profile posts the rates that a pet sitter requests. Don’t expect to pay less. When you’ve found an awesome pet sitter, make sure they know it!
5. Check-in regularly. As your pet sitter and pets develop a relationship, check-in to makes sure it’s working. Find out if your pet sitter is enjoying their work with you and your pets or if there are any issues to work out. Create the time and space where both of you can share what’s working and problem solve whatever may not be working as well.
Finding the right pet sitter doesn’t have to be rocket science, but you and your pets will be more satisfied if you’ve done the work to choose the best person for the job!
Written by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.