How to Be a Good Pet Sitter

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 18th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Pets are often stuck at home while their owners are off on vacation. Pet sitters care for pets while their owners are away. Let's look at some tips for how to be a good pet sitter.

Know Your Pet

Pet sitters serve as stand-ins for the pet's regular owners when the owners are out of town and on vacation. They make sure the pet is cared for and doesn't get too lonely. Here are some helpful hints on how to be a good pet sitter.

Step one is to get to know the pet you will take care of before the owners leave town. Be sure to visit the pet at least once before the trip. That way, you won't be a stranger to him or her.
Be sure you know where everything is before the owner leaves. Know where the pet food is kept, how much you should give them per day and how often you should visit. Keep in mind that you may have to give the pet medicine or shots every day. If so, practice giving the medicine or treatment under the guidance of the pet owner.
Be sure that the owner leaves you his or her emergency contact number along with the name and number of the pet's veterinarian.

Be Careful With Dogs

Dogs can pose a special challenge to pet sitters. If the dog isn't familiar with you, he or she may bark and may not allow you into the house. There's a danger the dog could bite you.
To avoid this problem, visit the dog several times before the owner leaves. If you come often enough, the dog should begin to recognize you and accept you.

Negotiate Fees Up Front

Don't be afraid to talk about getting paid for your pet sitting. You will be performing a service, and you should be fairly compensated.
Be sure to negotiate the fee before the trip. Pet owners have been known to leave on trips without paying the pet sitter and may "forget" to pay them once they return home.
A standard fee for pet sitters is ten dollars per day. However, if the pet requires special needs such as getting shots or several visits per day, you may want to increase that fee.

Spend Time With the Pets

A good pet sitter doesn't just rush in once a day, pour food in the bowl and run
out five minutes later. Keep in mind that the pets are alone and may be lonely. You will be their only source of companionship and affection. So give them some time and attention.
Be sure to visit at least once a day - preferable twice a day. Try to stay a minimum of a half hour or an hour or two if you can.
Pet sitting is a great time to get caught up on homework, paperwork, or reading. You'll get some much needed peace and quiet while a grateful animal cuddles on your lap.


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I enjoy exercising, pets, and volunteering as well as writing about these topics and others.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Jul 2013 (#)

great tips these Connie..many thanks...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
18th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carolina. It's been fun pet sitting these two kitties this week. Their real parents get home Saturday so I will have to say goodbye - at least for now.

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author avatar Retired
19th Jul 2013 (#)

Great tips for pet sitting!

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author avatar Carol
19th Jul 2013 (#)

This is lovely Connie, I can tell you care about animals

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author avatar Mike Robbers
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Great tips and advice, Connie.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Very good, thanks Connie...

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author avatar spgreaney
29th Jul 2013 (#)

Thankfully my family member do the job for free. :)

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author avatar Connie McKinney
29th Jul 2013 (#)

You are lucky, spgreaney. It can be hard to find a good pet sitter. I love doing it and helping people out.

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