Be honest about your pets: Be up-front about any health problems, behavioral issues, or other important factors regarding your pets. Giving your pet sitter as much information possible will enable her to give your pets the best care possible. If the pet sitter doesn't think you'll be a good fit due to these issues, it's better to know up front rather than finding out when you're 500 miles from home!
Home issues: Let your pet sitter know of any issues with your house, such as sinks that don't drain, locks that don't work, lights that are on automatic timers, etc. Also be sure he or she knows where the breaker box and water shutoff are located. These may be very important in case of a home emergency. And, if you have an alarm, be sure to clue your pet sitter in on how to use it.
Pet sitting is a very personalized service. The person you bring into your home will be caring for your much loved family members as well as your home, so it's not something to take lightly. It's important that you do some research first, and once you get to the interview stage, it's equally important that you feel comfortable with the person you hire. Look for someone who has a sense of professionalism with a personal touch, take into account your gut feeling, and watch how your pet and the pet sitter interact. By investing a little time and preparation into finding the right pet sitter, your pet will be able to stay safely in his own home while you’re away. And with that knowledge you'll sleep a little easier while you're gone.
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