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November 16, 2013

A Pet Sitter For the Thanksgiving and the Holidays

If you have never worked with a professional pet sitter before here is some basic information that you will find helpful.

• Ask to see written proof that the pet sitter has commercial liability insurance to cover accidents and negligence and is bonded to protect against theft (by the pet sitter).
• Ask for phone numbers of other clients, who have agreed to serve as references.
• Enquire what kind of training they have received.
• Ask for a written contract that spells out the services the pet sitter agrees to perform relating to your dog such as an exercise routine as well as other services such as bringing in the mail and putting out the garbage and be clear about the fees involved.
• If it’s a live-in arrangement, specify the times you definitely want them to be with your pet.
• If it’s not a live-in arrangement, make sure the pet sitter knows where to switch on the lights if they are checking in on your pet in the evenings.
• In the case of illness, enquire if the person or organization has a back-up plan.
• Find out if the pet sitter is associated with a particular veterinary office or is willing to take your pet to your veterinarian.
• It’s important that the pet sitter understands you pet’s temperament. Not all dogs are outgoing and friendly towards strangers and your pal maybe a bit reticent at first. Be sure to spell it out.
• Make sure you point out salient features of your home such as an alarm system and where you keep the remote control for the garage door.
Before you leave
Make sure you’ve written out all instructions regarding your pet’s food, medication and general routine. Remember to pin your contract information up in a prominent place so that they can reach you at any time and give the pet sitter at least one neighbor's name and phone number. It’s also good idea to leave an additional key with someone trustworthy in case your pet-sitter gets locked out. And don’t forget to stock up with all you pal’s needs before you go.
Finally, make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing a sturdy collar with proper identification. After all, if something goes awry and your pet goes missing, proper ID will be your pal’s ticket home.

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