If you have ever hired a nanny, a maid, or an assistant, then you know that finding the right candidate means asking the right questions. This process is exactly the same when it comes to finding a good dog sitter!
You love your dog more than the world and so too should your pet sitter. This is why it is so important to screen individuals and companies thoroughly before hiring. You want to make sure that you find someone you are comfortable with, someone your dog is comfortable with, and someone who respects their position in your family.
So today we are going to take a look at 10 questions that you should be asking your future dog sitter. These questions will help you to find a caring yet professional individual who you trust in your home with your four legged children.
10 Questions You Should Ask Your Future Dog Sitter
How much experience do you have dog sitting?
More experience does not necessarily mean a better pet sitter, but less experience can sometimes mean a worse one!
Are you insured and bonded?
An insured and bonded dog sitter is the only type of sitter to hire! An uninsured, unbonded pet sitter will not offer you the financial protection of an insured and bonded sitter in the event of an accident.
Can you provide references to previous clients?
References are a great way to get an unbiased opinion on a potential dog sitter and the services they offer.
Are you certified to perform pet CPR and first aid?
Any dog sitter worth their salt should be certified in CPR and first aid for pets. This ensures that your dog sitter is capable of the proper life-saving treatment when needed!
What would you do if my dog needed medical care while under your supervision?
It’s a simple enough question and any quality dog sitter would seek immediate medical treatment in an emergency and know what to do in a less than emergent situation. For example, with a dog that develops diarrhea, they would only need to call and check in with you or offer an anti-diarrheal. If, however, a dog breaks its leg or vomits blood, they should seek immediate emergency medical care!
On average, how much time do you spend with my dog during your visit and what do you do during that time?
The answer to this question is generally up to you. Keep in mind, the more time your dog sitter spends with your dog, the better!
Are you equipped to handle special needs dogs?
If you have a dog with special needs then this question is a must. You may have a dog that needs injected medications, diaper changes, or even just a regular bedtime routine, it is important that your sitter knows how to complete these tasks.
Should my dog go missing while under your care, what protocol would you follow?
Dogs will sometimes slip out of open doors or slide out of their collars while on a walk. Your pet sitter needs to know what to do if this happens while your dog is in their care. They should launch an immediate search for your dog, call you to notify you of the situation, and notify the appropriate resources to keep an eye out for your dog.
Do you offer overnight services?
If you are looking for true in-home care with someone who can stay overnight with your dog, then this is an important question to ask. Not everyone needs or offers this type of service, though, so don’t be surprised if the answer is no.
Can you provide proof of a clear criminal history through a background check?
Inviting someone into your home is an open invitation into your life. When you open the door like this, you need to be sure that the person you are inviting in has not committed a criminal offense in the past.
What Else Should You Know?
There are many more questions that you can ask of your dog sitter, but you should also be familiar with questions you cannot ask under law. It is important for the comfort of your potential dog sitter and in order to abide by the law that you avoid the following questions:
- Are you a U.S. citizen?
- What is your nationality?
- How long have you lived here? (in reference to country)
- What religion do you practice?
- How old are you?
- What is your birthdate?
- Are you married?
- Do you have children or plan to have children?
- What is your gender?
- Do you smoke/drink/take drugs?
- Do you have any disabilities, handicaps, or mental conditions?
- How far is your commute?
- Have you ever been arrested?
- Do you live close by?