There are some different pet care options for the dog whether you want to leave them at home while you go for a vacation or have to leave them at their current job. You could simply take them with you, let them stay at a friend’s or relative’s house, or hire a pet sitter who can come in and look after them while you are away. If you plan on having the dog stay at home then you can always get a dog house where the dog can stay when you are not there. These dog houses are normally designed to be very attractive so that you get to enjoy them at all times. The inside of the house is usually big enough for the dog to roam around in.
The first thing that you need to do before you choose any option is find out what kind of reputation the pet sitting service has in your area. You could ask around, read some reviews about the services, and call some of the people who have used their services to ask them questions. The advantage of this approach is that you get to know first hand how professional the pet sitters are and if they have any complaints lodged against them in the past. This written proof will help you make an informed decision when choosing how to take care of your pets.
Next you need to decide how much you are willing to pay for professional pet sitting. The cheapest option is to hire someone from the Yellow Pages to come in and tend to your dogs. You could also get a list of some local people who you can use to get a sitter, but be careful about which one you choose as some of them may also have criminal backgrounds. If you are concerned about someone being dangerous then you could ask your local law enforcement agency for their advice.
If you are comfortable with the idea of hiring a pet sitter from an outside source then you should have no problem finding one to provide for you. Some of the services may even let you set up an account and have a credit card registered under your name so that you can collect the money when the pet is due for a visit. The important thing when hiring a pet sitter from an outside source is to make sure that you check their references carefully. You should not hire someone who has only been in the business for a couple of months. Hire someone who has been in the business for several years, preferably at least five years. A long term relationship with your sitter will mean that he or she will know your pet very well and be able to anticipate your needs very well.
Once you have chosen a reliable sitter you will need to arrange a meeting between him or her and your dogs. There are many different routes by which you can do this – you could meet him at home or the office, you could meet him in a park if he lives locally or you could meet him at his place of business. Most pet sitters prefer the latter because it means they don’t have to make any special arrangements for you. They also tend to get to know their clients really well because they spend so much time with them. It will be easier for him or her to give you a comprehensive report on how well your pets are adjusting to their new surroundings.
When you choose to hire a pet sitter from within your own family, there are a number of things that you will need to keep in mind. First of all, make sure that the person you choose is honest and responsible. Check out some of his or her previous jobs and, if possible, ask the previous owners about the type of pets they had and the manner in which they were treated. Make sure that everyone in the household is aware of the rules regarding pets, particularly when children are involved. If you feel that the pet sitter being offered to you is not well qualified to care for your pets, politely tell him or her to find another family member or come back another time.