If you asked builders into your home, you’d do more than just get a few quotes, wouldn’t you? You’d want references and testimonials, to see qualifications and insurances as well as getting a ‘feel’ for the company and making sure they’re singing from the same hymn sheet. So imagine asking someone to actually live in your home and take care of your bellowed pets all while you’re not actually home… you’re going to need some pretty robust checks carried out for that.
It’s a trust thing
You need to be absolutely, totally, 100% sure that you can trust your house and dog sitter. They’re looking after EVERYTHING so you need to be confident that they’re going to do it all right for you – not just for safety and security, but also for the happiness and wellbeing of your beloved dog and for your peace of mind while you’re away. What should you be looking for when booking a house sitter?
- Start by asking for recommendations – ask colleagues, friends and family, at the dog training club and at the vets. Personal recommendations are worth their weight in gold.
- Ensure sitters have seven-day contact ability including email and mobile phone. They may not always be able to answer immediately but be wary of someone who doesn’t return your call at this early stage.
- Meet all prospective sitters in person and with your dog. Observe their interactions and ascertain that your pet is happy around the sitter.
- Ask about experience, qualifications, accreditations, skills such as first aid, and insurance and see certification – they should be happy to show you.
- Check what back-up they have – if they’re unable to complete the assignment, what will happen?
- Insist on an enhanced DBS check.
Instructions to leave your dog sitter
Once you’ve carefully chosen your sitter and are ready to book, do YOUR best to make certain that everything goes well for you, your sitter and your dog:
- 1. Give your sitter instructions as to house rules, walking, playing, feeding, cleaning, etc.
- Provide comprehensive information about preferences and personality as well as any medical and behavioural needs.
- Leave all veterinary and other emergency contact information where the sitter can see it easily.
- Make sure everything your sitter will need to care for your dog is to hand.
These few simple – but vital – guidelines should guarantee that everything should go smoothly for everyone. Shame we can’t say the same for the building work…