By Doghaus University, Jun 16 2017 06:15PM
How To Avoid a Bad Dog Sitting Experience
If you are in the market for a dog sitter, you have likely happened across more than a few horror stories about some pretty bad ones. Stories about dog sitters stealing from clients or, in the worst cases, abusing the dog are common and it is important that they aren't ignored. Not only do they make sure that bad dog sitters no longer get business, but it educates those looking for a dog sitter on what to look for. If you are looking to avoid a bad dog sitting experience, you merely need to take information away from those horror stories to know what to look for because you better believe there are noticeable signs of a bad dog sitter before you even hand over the leash.
Hobbyist Versus a Professional
It is important that you make the decision between choosing a dog sitter that is a hobbyist and choosing a company that does professional dog sitting. This isn't saying that hobbyist dog sitters are bad, necessarily. There are a lot of hobbyists out there that truly love dogs and do a great job caring for them. However, choosing a hobbyist comes with more risks. There are hobbyists that don't know what to do if your dog has an emergency, your dog might not get along with their pets, and they may not provide the dedicated care that you would want.
Alternatively, professional dog sitters need certifications for both their business and their ability to care for dogs. They do this for a living and naturally they take their livelihood very seriously, so often you get better dedicated care for your dog as well. However, just like with hobbyists, there are also bad professional services as well. However, with both, you can usually tell by looking and typically their dirt isn't buried very deeply beneath the surface.
Do Your Digging
When choosing a dog sitter, take a cue from your dog and do a little digging. Some services might just be one Google search away from a number of scandals or a series of bad reviews on service websites. On the flip side, you can also dig up a series of raving reviews that praise them for their services and all the little things they do to create a great environment for your dog. You would be surprised what just a small bit of digging can uncover.
Looking for a Company's Due Diligence
There are a few little things that a dog sitter can have that shows they are dedicated to providing top quality service. This includes running background checks on their employees, having insurance that protects pets while they are sitting from accidents, and filing the necessary paperwork to obtain a license to show that they are indeed regulated by a government entity.
These small little touches should be a major influence on your choice of dog sitter as it shows that they make your dog's safety a top priority and try to prevent things from going badly.
Set Up a Meeting
You know what they say, the nose knows. Well, your dog's nose, anyway. If you want to see that your dog is well taken care of, set up a pre-sit meeting so you can watch how the dog sitter and your dog interact with each other. Make sure they are friendly and aren't too forceful with your pooch. If they can confidently answer questions while interacting with your dog, it is a pretty good sign that they can handle things.
If you are looking for a great dog sitter in the Madison area, one that is both professional and loves dogs, contact us today.