Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Pet Sitter?
What is daily/daytime dog walking?
What is vacation pet sitting service?
How long is a visit?
For a dog visit it is up to a 30 minute visits each time we come in.
For a cat visit we start with 20 minute visits and guage it on the cat and if we are stressing it out. WE tend to sit on the couch and talk to the cat and take side peeks at it and then settle the home and leave.
For farm animals there is a minimum of 1 hour visits, whether they are once or twice a day.
How many times a day should my pet sitter visit during a vacation?
For cats we recommend a minimum of once a day.
For dogs with access to the backyard we recommend twice a day.
For dogs with no outside access we recommend two to three if they are not on medications or special timing schedules.
Can a pet sitter stay at my home all day or overnight?
Can my pets stay at the pet sitter's home instead of my home?
How much does pet sitting cost?
Honestly this can get pricey and you do not want to deal with the fact that your looking for theowest price to care for your pet and home. Please take into consideration that you are allowing a professional, hopefully is licensed and insured, to come into your home, look through your cabinets (because the can opener wasn’t left out, LOL) going bedroom to bedroom looking for the wayward cat or dog.
But I digress, pricing for pet sitters may start at $12 a visit and go up to $65+ a visit.
This pricing is based on knowledge, (we are Pet Firtst Aid/CPR trained), experience (in for over 28 years) and may have employees we need to pay on top of business expenses.
Do I meet the sitter before service?
Should my pet sitter be insured?
Should my pet sitter be bonded?
Is it safe to have a 'stranger' in my home?
Tips and More
From Professional Pet Sitters LLC
Tips when hiring a pet sitter
- The pet sitter should be insured for liability, including care, custody, and control of the pet.
- The sitter should provide contact information for references upon request. Do be sure to contact the references.
- Check with vets, groomers, pet stores, and other area pet businesses to learn more about the reputation of your chosen pet sitting business.
- Be sure that the sitter provides a copy of the legal terms of your contract, including cancellation policy and other terms.
- Be sure that you fully understand the pricing of your service. Ask what services are included with the rate quoted.
Other factors to consider
- What kind of pet education and/or certification does the sitter have?
- Does the sitter know pet first aid?
- Did the sitter ask many questions during the consultation, and did he write down all of the answers carefully?
- Is the sitter a member of professional organizations, such as pet sitting associations, humane organizations, or other pet care groups?
- Does the sitter have a backup plan in case of a personal emergency?
- Is the sitter a full time sitter, or do they have limited availability due to another job or school?
- Does the sitter have the proper licensing for their area (in some areas a business license or kennel license for boarding may or may not be required).
- Does the sitter talk positively about other sitters in the area, and seem informed about the industry and other pet care providers?
Final questions to discuss with pet sitter
- Will you have the same sitter serving your home the entire time you are away?
- Will the sitter be allowed to bring anyone with them to the sits?
- Does the sitter ever bring children to visits?
- How often will the sitter leave a note for you logging how the trip is going?
- Do the sitter’s available time periods fit your pet needs?
- How will your key be stored or returned?
- Has the sitter cared for your type of pet in the past?
- Does the sitter accept multiple payment methods (cash, check, money order, etc)
Book your consultation
Consultation to discuss you and your dog’s needs. We will help you make the correct choice that will benefit you, your dog and your family.