Four Questions to Ask a Pet Sitter Before You Book

With spring vacation just a few weeks away, and summer not far behind, many of us are booking vacation travel. As pet lovers, an important question we need to answer is "what will I do with the family dog or cat while I'm away." 

Many of us choose pet sitting because we know our pets are most comfortable in their normal home environment and are much less likely to be exposed to dog flu or other contagious disease. Regular pet sitting visits provide the added advantage of home security. When there is a car in the driveway and newspapers or mail is being taken indoors each day, it looks like someone is home.

It's important, though, to keep in mind that not all pet sitters are created equal. Look for a professional who has training in animal behavior, pet first aid and CPR. Here are four questions to ask anyone you are considering hiring for your pets' care:

  • What's your training? The neighbor kid may love animals, but probably doesn't have the necessary training to deal with behavior issues that may arise. 
  • Are you first aid and CPR certified? What if there's a health emergency? Will your sitter be able to recognize the problem and address it before it's too late?
  • Do you have professional backup? What happens if the sitter can't make it? Does he or she have a support system of people qualified to care for pets? If not, who - if anyone - will be coming in to your home?
  • Are you reachable by phone 24/7? It's important to know when you can reach the sitter if your plans change or you have a concern about your pet. You don't want your call to roll into voicemail and sit unanswered for hours.
It's wise to book as early as possible, ideally as soon as travel plans are confirmed because quality pet sitters book up quickly for holidays and vacations. You can learn more about Canine Company's team of professional pet sitters here or by calling 800-818-3647.