Have you ever wondered what separates a good pet caregiver from an exceptional one? Picking the right professional for the job can really be stressful for some pet owners, especially since it’s easy for almost anyone to call themselves a “pet sitter” and to offer themselves up on various independent websites these days.
Owners cherish their animal friends as much as any other family members – all that we desire is a pet sitter that treats them like family! So how do you pick the right person to watch Fluffy or Fido when we’re away? Finding a trustworthy pet sitter shouldn’t have to raise your blood pressure – let’s take a look at how you can find that extra-special person who will light up your pet’s life and lavish them with TLC when you can’t be there.
Training qualifications and experience definitely top the list of requirements. Any candidate to care for your pet should really be knowledgeable about pet care, health and behaviour – can you imagine asking someone who’s only cared for Chihuahuas to watch your Akita? We didn’t think so! A fantastic pet sitter will happily provide a history of their caregiving experience, as well as proof of insurance, bonding and a record check if you plan on home visits. Professionalism also plays a huge part in selecting the perfect pet sitting company. Are they polite, courteous, and on time? Do they answer questions thoughtfully and truthfully, and are they interested in your pet’s personality, likes and dislikes? A good rating with the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List can help you gain an extra level of confidence in a possible sitter, and many professionals are also affiliated with Pet Sitters International or the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.
Finally, never be afraid to trust your gut – first impressions are almost never wrong! Look for testimonials and reviews from other clients, through word of mouth or online – they’ll often point you down the right path to the best decision. Watch how a potential care provider interacts with your pet – do they get down to floor level to greet your pup, or give your shy cat some time to approach on their own? A relaxed atmosphere during the first meet and greet can be a good indicator of the right fit.
So why choose us, you ask? Here at Wagging Tails Pet Sitting and Mobile Grooming Service, we’re so excited to say that we’ve been fondly providing the best care for people’s furry family members for decades –in fact, it’s our 20th Anniversary of doing what we do best! As professionals who want only the best for our clients’ pets, we take great care in training our staff to properly care for, and handle, your best friends – from hamsters to horses, and all sizes in between. In case of emergency or medical need, each one of our staff is trained in pet CPR, and can administer medication, insulin injections or special food when needed by your pet. Here’s some of the many ‘paw’sitive comments from our clients over the years…. Jackie V. “I just wanted to say thanks and send you a big compliment on the mobile pet grooming service. Your van and groomer came to my house last Friday, and what a wonderful experience for both me and Gibson!” Victoria D. “My Wagging Tails Pet Sitter took a lot of time talking with us about what we wanted and anything we changed, she and the rest of the pet sitters were able to take care of. Wonderful! Everyone is very nice and helpful! We are thankful that Roxy has been able to be with such wonderful pet sitters.”