Petsitting -- Getting Started
1. Think about what you should expect of your petsitter.
Knowing what to look for when choosing a petsitter can be confusing. You want to be sure that your sitter has commercial liability insurance (to cover accidents and negligence) and the protection that a dishonesty bond (to give you peace of mind about theft by a petsitter or employees) provides. You want a sitter who meets with you beforehand and takes plenty of notes on your pets and household. What special household services does she offer (like garbage set out and plant watering). Does she have a vet authorization form that spells out what would happen in an emergency situation? Is she comfortable giving medication? What about injections? Has she been vet-trained to give sub-Q fluids? What will happen if the sitter has car trouble or becomes ill? Does she have a backup? Will she provide dog walking, dog training, and play time? Is there a written service contract that clearly spells out services and fees? How does she make sure you have returned home? Does she have a Safe Key program? Are credit card payments accepted? How easy is it to schedule services in the future?
2. After considering all of these things, call me!
3. Meet me at a free Initial Consultation.
This meeting at your home is held mainly to make sure that you and your pets are comfortable with me and so that I can answer any questions you might have. Of course, if you don’t feel that I’m the best match for your family, you are under no obligation to go any further after this meeting. I want you to find the perfect sitter for your pets!
4. Outline the Services You Will Require.
When you’ve made your decision, we can get you set up for service. We will fill out paperwork on your pets, your household, and the details of the sit (dates and prices). Everything will be clearly spelled out in a written service agreement, so there will be no doubt about what services you’re wanting and how and when they are to be performed. You will receive copies of all forms for your records.
Finally, you will provide me with working house keys. Note: For greater ease in future scheduling, you have the option of leaving your keys on file with me. Keys left in my possession are kept secured and separate from paperwork with client indentifiers.
5. During the Sit, Enjoy the Frequent Updates I Provide... and
Have a Worry-Free Trip!
Of course you can phone me at any time to get updates on your pets. I always leave daily notes and “report cards” detailing how your pets were doing each day (mood, activity levels, anything different in behavior, etc.), and I’m happy to email you updates complete with cute photos, if you would like to find out how they are and don’t want to wait to get home to read the notes. You’ll let me know how you want to be updated when we fill out the paperwork at your consultation. I want you to have peace of mind while you’re away!
I can also take a digital photo of your pet for my online “pet gallery” and have it available for you to download or send it to you in an email. These are fun to have.... for instance, how about using this photo as your computer desktop background?
6. Enjoy Ease of Scheduling for Later Service
I keep all of your information in my files, so future scheduling is easy! Just phone or email me with the dates you have in mind and let me know if you want anything changed in pet or household care. I’ll make sure to update your file, get you scheduled for service, and will mail or email confirmation of service dates/times for your records.
You are the most important part of your pet's care plan. You know your pet better than anyone, and I pride myself on working with you to create a care plan to fit your pet's lifestyle.
To learn more about how I can help you have a worry-free trip, phone me today at 903-593-4853 and ask about a pet care plan just for you!