Simply the Pets
How to find the right Puppy Sitter for you!
- Need some help with the newest addition to your family?
- Worried or concerned about finding the best one to suit you?
- How do you know who is going to be reliable, honest and trustworthy with your home and puppy?
Here are some handy tips to help you to find the right Puppy Sitter for you!
One of the best ways to find a reliable pet care service is to get a recommendation from someone who already uses the company and is happy to vouch for the standard of their service. Always be wary of recommendations that come from third parties i.e. vets, groomers. This isn't to say that all third party recommendations are bad, but you want to know if they have actually looked in to how the company practises and have heard positive comments from actual clients or are they working in partnership with this company to help mutually boost their businesses?
Does the company display client testimonials on their website? Simply the Pets is very proud of the positive comments we get from our clients and we display these on our Testimonials page for all prospective new clients to see. By seeing a large number of testimonials you will be able to see if there is consistency in the level of service they provide. There is also very little chance of these reviews being mocked up in order to try and show the company being more reputable than it is.
Always ensure the company you choose is fully insured for: third party pubic liability, care custody and control of your pet and loss of key cover. Also, ask what the sitter does with your keys when they have them; what do they use to identify your keys (we only ever use a tag with your pets name on. No addresses or phone numbers are ever included); where are they kept when their not working. These are all questions they should be happy to answer.
Ask the company what a normal day is like for them. What is their usual routine? Their answer should be quick without much thought. This will give you an excellent indication of how a usual day looks like for them and how they fit in their scheduled services.
Most Pet Service companies offer a variety of services including dog walking and puppy care. For those that offer dog walking their busiest and most requested time is around midday. Therefore most companies standard group walk times are around 11am and 1pm. With walks usually lasting a full hour, plus collections and drop offs either side, dog walkers are usually out from 10am and 3pm.
As you can see it is unlikely for a small Pet Services company to be able to offer a lunchtime puppy service and yet this is what most of our clients need - a visit to break up their pups day! You may find companies who will say they are able to perform your requested service at a time chosen by you however it is unlikely that once the service gets up and running that this will actually be the case for the reason stated above. If you're at work all day, how will you know what time they are really coming in?
At Simply the Pets our puppy care service is conducted by one of our team who are not conducting group walks as per the times stated above. This means your pup gets a break in the middle of the day. We also offer a twice daily puppy care service at a discounted rate which means that your pup will be visited once mid-morning and again mid-afternoon.
We all love puppies - who doesn't? It's one of the most fun parts about being a Pet Sitter however it's worth considering how much experience the puppy sitter has.
Are they knowledgable about your puppies breed? Are they aware of any common health issues - will they be able to spot if your pup is unwell? Are they able to provide positive enforcement training to your pup? How will they contribute to your puppies development to help ensure they grow into a well socialised, happy dog?
Puppy visits are more than just a visit to cuddle and feed your puppy and so these factors are very important when finding the right puppy sitter for you. Included as part of our puppy care service we begin your puppies basic training and early socialisation along with the usual tasks we will do during our visits.
As the age old saying goes - you get what you pay for. You may find a puppy sitter offering cheap visits. These sitters are fine as long as the dog is easy to handle, you wouldn't like some help with basic training or if you are not looking for a truly reliable service, however if they encounter unexpected problems, will they have the experience, resources and knowledge to handle it?
The security and safety of our clients homes and pets is of the upmost priority to us. Sign written vehicles and uniforms serve no purpose to our clients and are only of benefit to the company they are advertising. It is for this reason we do not have sign-written vehicles or wear uniforms.
Finally and most importantly...
Meet the sitter before making any decision
Make sure you have an interview with all potential pet service providers. Transparency, friendliness, and willingness to spend time answering your questions are good signs; nevertheless, the proof is in the meeting. Go with your gut and trust your instincts. If someone doesn't feel like the right 'fit' for you, ask yourself why.