Here's what to expect and know when seeking someone to watch after your pets.
Dog walkers usually provide daily walks for groups of dogs.
- Confirm how many dogs will be on the leash with yours. The smaller a group, the better.
- Verify that all the dogs will be of approximately the same size (you don't want your Chihuahua trying to keep up with a pack of Great Danes).
- Confirm whether your dog walker is knowledgeable in dog behavior and can diffuse any problems between dogs quickly and easily.
- Some pet sitters offer house calls during which they check on your pet(s), freshen water bowls, refill food bowls, provide potty breaks and give your pets attention. Most pet sitters who offer this service will stay with your pet for about 20 to 30 minutes per visit.
When you're away for an extended period of time, pet sitters may be an alternative to taking your pet to a kennel.
- Talk to a pet sitter about what the best arrangement might be for you and your pet. They may opt to visit several times throughout the day.
- Some pet sitters even offer to stay in your home overnight while you're away.
- Ask for referrals