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So, You Need A Pet Sitter (Part 2) - What To Consider

Finding the right pet sitter is serious business. In last week's post, we talked about the guilt and anxiety that come along with not having a professional pet sitting service on your side (not to mention the risk). We understand. We've been there. Our clients have been there. We want to help.

Finding the perfect pet sitter or dog walker seems overwhelming. Especially since you don't look at your pet as a pet. You actually kind of hate the word, "pet" a little, because it doesn't seem to have enough meaning. "Love of my life", "partner in crime", "workout buddy", "therapist", "best bud", and even, "bestie" would be more appropriate.

So, where do you start? You're busy. It's not like you have the time to interview every professional pet sitter in town! That's the whole reason you need a pet sitter in the first place, right?

It goes without saying that the right professional pet sitter will have an amazing connection with you and your furbabies, but that's not all they need to have. We've put together a little list of other important things to consider. This will give you a good place to start.

Your schedule. How busy are you? How often will you need your pet sitter? Will you need them sporadically, or have you daydreamed about clearing out your spare bedroom to move them in? Do you need someone that can be available in short notice? Same day? Getting clear on this is the first step in finding the right professional pet sitter for you.

If you need someone all of the time, and they are only available some of the time, it will never work. You'll find yourself back at square one, scrambling for help, every time you need them. Stress City, no thank you.

Your privacy. This is so important, and I can't tell you how many times we meet prospective clients that haven't considered this. How will your confidential information be handled? How will your sitter maintain their schedule and notes? Do they have a secure system for your information, like your address, alarm code, and dates that you'll be out of town? Or do they carry it around in a notebook? Will your keys be stored in a ziplock baggie somewhere? How will they be tagged or labelled? Will they be left in your sitter's car? Or are there secure policies in place to protect them? 
You deserve to know exactly how your information and keys will be treated, as well as the peace of mind in knowing that keeping them safe and secure are a priority.

Their team. Who makes up their team of professional pet sitters? Do they have employees, or independent contractors (ICs)? Yes, there is a BIG difference between employees and independent contractors, that's a topic for a whole separate blog post...stay tuned.

Are they solo-sitters (I just made that a word, it means that they have no team and do it all alone), and if so, how busy are they? How do they ensure availability? Will they be able to accommodate extra time for an emergency if the need arrises? Who will be there when they can't

Do they have a large team? Will there be a new sitter visiting every day?

Or are they somewhere in between? 

How are they trained? Are they background checked? What does their experience look like?

Relationships are important, y'all. Getting to know your professional pet sitters is part of the fun! The size of your professional pet sitting service's team should be intentional, with you and your needs in mind. They should be able to accommodate your schedule and needs (including emergencies and last-minute requests), while still being small enough to foster real, meaningful relationships with you and your furbabies.

We are going to keep this conversation going. In the next few weeks, we'll write about what to expect from your professional pet sitting service, and where to find the right one, because if you do, you'll only have to go through the process once. Doesn't that sound nice? We think so. You deserve that peace of mind, and your bestie will surely thank you for it too.

Wags & Hugs,
Whoa Doggy!  

So, You Need A Pet Sitter

Whew, you made it through the holidays and that work trip that got extended last week because of the snow. Thank goodness your neighbor and friends were around to help out with Mr. Snugglesworth. You couldn't help but notice that the water bowl was empty when you got home. And that's when you started really thinking about your pet sitting arrangements..."Maybe Mr. Snugglesworth was really unusually thirsty this afternoon???... I didn't receive a phone call or text while I was away, no news is good news, right???... I wonder how long he enjoyed one-on-one interraction each day... He did have company each day, right?!?... Why is he looking at me like that?... He's totally mad at me for leaving!". And the guilt trip ensues.

Ok, ok, maybe that's a little exaggerated, but we totally understand the feeling. Before Whoa Doggy!, our pet sitting plans changed everytime we went out of town or had a long day where we needed a hand with our furry sons, Cody and Lukey. We always felt like we were burdoning our friends (even when they insisted that "they didn't mind") and we hated checking in with them while we were away, because we didn't want to insult them by appearing like we didn't trust them.

Sure, the 12 year old kid in the neighborhood walks your friend's dog from time to time, and that's all good, until the 12 year old kid forgets to visit, or forgets to feed your dog, or worse...forgets to lock the door! And what would the 12 year old kid do if he walks into your house to be greeted by a burst pipe, or another emergency that needs immediate attention?

These are all questions that we've learned the unfortunate answers to, either through the previous experiences of our clients, or our own. We truly believe that the peace of mind that comes along with having a relationship with a professional pet sitting service is invaluable. We also believe that the consistency, accountability and professionalism that a professional pet sitting service provides are non-negotiable, especially when it comes to your pets - your babies - your furry loved ones. 

Over the next few weeks, we are going to write more about what it looks like to work with a professional pet sitting service, what happens in case of emergencies, and most importantly, how to find the perfect service for you and your furry family. Because it is that important. In the meantime, take comfort in knowing that there are options - real, professional options - for you and Mr. Snugglesworth.

Wags & Hugs,
Whoa Doggy! 

Atlanta Pet Sitting

Our clients see and feel the benefits of the type of pet sitting we offer on a regular basis. Whoa Doggy! offers in-home pet sitting, which means we go to our clients’ homes to spend quality time with their pets as opposed to a boarding environment or an alternative that doesn’t involve a professional. There are many benefits of professional in-home pet sitting that offer a solid peace of mind to pet parents in Atlanta!