How to Prepare for a Pet Sitter

It’s inevitable, you’re going to go out of town and you might not be able to take your pets. Pet sitters are the best option for dogs and cats that thrive when they’re in a familiar environment. After finding a trustworthy sitter, there are few things you need to do to ensure they have a great time with your pets.

Prepare Your Home
Your pet sitter should stay at your home to not only keep your pet company, but also to make sure your house is safe and cared for. You should make sure everything your sitter will need is laid out and easily accessible. This can include pet food, medication, collars and leashes, as well as their favorite toys. That way, they don’t have to worry about putting things back where they go, leaving you confused upon your routine.

Other things to leave out for guests are clean sheets, towels and toiletries to make their stay as comfortable as possible.

Detailed Instructions
This is one instance where being over-detailed is never a bad thing. If you’re traveling, you might have spotty cell coverage and won’t be reachable at all times. Make sure your sitter is well prepared to handle every situation that could arise.

We suggest writing out step by step instructions. Everything from how much food to give your pets and at exactly what time in the day to best walking routes in your neighborhood. This will help you relax while you’re out of town, and help your sitter ensure they are taking great care of your pets.

Leave Contact Information
Last, but definitely not least. A contact sheet should be left in plain sight for your sitter in case of emergency. You should include the following names, addresses and phone numbers of the following people:
Vet office
Next door neighbor
Emergency contact

Your pets are your life, don’t leave them unattended while you’re out of town. Hire a sitter and get all the help you need! If you have any questions about dog sitters or our boarding options, reach out to our office today.