Pet Sitting 101— Get the Facts!

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Going on vacation? How about a day or two? Leaving your Pet behind is hard. Get the facts on finding the perfect sitter for you and your pet.
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How do you select a Pet Sitter

One of the first things to do when finding a sitter is finding someone who can balance out being calm and being balanced. You also want someone who is sensitive and geniunely affectionate.
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Location

Should the pet stay with the sitter, or should it stay in house. Most likely, to keep the pet’s routine as normal as possible, the sitter will stay at the home.
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List it !

Treat your pet as if were your own child. Leave a checklist for your sitter of things your pet needs daily. If it’s medication that needs to be at a certain time, list it. Walks? List it. Keep your pet as comfortable as possible.
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Keep Calm

If you enjoy your time away, your pet should too. Sometimes, things go wrong, but it’s important for you and your sitter to remain as calm as possible. You don’t want your pet to react to any anxiety or stress.
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A Cool Sitter Is A Senstitive Sitter

A sitter should be aware of the needs of your pet and act on it. If your cat doesn’t want to play anymore, then that’s fine. They should never use physical punishment and they should use affection.
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Experience Counts

It’s important that the new sitter has a lot of experience. If you have a large dog, your sitter needs to know how to care for it. Same if it were a teacup pom. If your pet has special needs or has medication, they have to know what to do.
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Expectations

Make sure that if you leave your pet with a sitter, there are some expectations.If the dog has a routine, make sure that the sitter keeps to it as close as possible.
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Be consistent!

When you’re away, your pet will attempt to play. So your sitter has to rules just as consistent as you were still at home. If Fluffy isn’t supposed to be on the couch when you’re home, she’s not allowed when you’re away.
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Having a Connection

Before your new sitter starts, set up a meet and greet with your pet. Watch how your pet warms up to them, see if the sitter makes them uncomfortable and if they handle them correctly. If they don’t, they aren’t the one for you.
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They Must Love Animals

Ultimately one of the things when finding a pet sitter is that they need to love animals. They have to show an geniune interest and affection. Don’t hesitate to ask them questions.
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