Considering a career as a pet sitter? Alternatively, have you given any thought to hiring a pet sitter to come to your house and care for your animals during your absence? You’ve found the correct article.
Important things to consider when becoming a pet sitter
If you're a pet owner or pet sitter, keep reading because we're about to outline all you need to know about caring for adorable animals. That way, you can face any challenge head-on (and know what to look for in a reliable pet sitter).
1. Basics of dog grooming
Did you know that dogs with longer coats may also need regular nail trims and baths, on top of regular cuts around the face? Find out what supplies should be used and if the dog should be taken to the groomer while you are pet sitting. Check to see if you have everything you need to keep the pets looking their best, as grooming is also vital for long-haired cats.
2. How much exercise is required for the pet?
Daily exercise is crucial for a dog's health. You should take your dog to a few nearby dog parks and see how it behaves while being led. Make sure the vaccines are up-to-date and that there are no issues with the dog getting along with other canines. Large dogs and working dogs, in particular, may require more than the average amount of daily exercise. Shorter walks and more personalized attention like brushing and cuddling may be all that smaller dogs need to feel content. Keep in mind that a weary dog is a contented dog.
3. What pet food to feed
One of the most important things for a pet sitter to know is what, when, and how much the pets should be fed. There is usually a good reason why pets require special diets. Before giving your dog too many bones or goodies, be sure you know the rules. Weighing the animal at the local vet and comparing it to an earlier weight can help you determine if you are giving it too much. Whether you're walking more or less, you may need to change your calorie intake to account for your increased or decreased activity levels.
4. Pet emergency care and what to do if your pet is injured or sick
Where is the closest animal hospital in case of an emergency? Do you need to find a pet ambulance or a veterinarian who does house calls? In the event of an emergency, it's important to know if the pet owners would prefer to spend $10 or $10,000 on their pet's medical care. You might also suggest that they inform her regular veterinarian of their decision. A pet sitter's knowledge of what to do in the event of an emergency is crucial.
5. What are the pet's dietary restrictions and any special care they require?
Are there any known health issues with the animals? If this is the case, you should be prepared with adequate supplies, refillable prescriptions, and knowledge of what symptoms to watch for. It's a good idea to keep a copy of immunization records, worming and flea treatment regimens on hand, just in case. In order to provide correct and consistent care for the pet, it will be helpful to have a list of all drugs and dosages.
6. How to make a cat happy
A content cat is the result of daily playtime, ideally at the same time each day when the cat is at its most active. Since every cat has its own individual preferences, it's important to find out which toys and games you enjoy the most. While some felines benefit from regular brushing, others are more introverted. This is all the data you need to know before snuggling up to someone.
8. Know what you can expect
Whether this is your first time pet sitting or you've done it a lot, you should always ask the following questions before accepting an assignment:
- How frequently should you update the owner with photos? Each and every day? Several times each day?
- How frequently should you take the dog out?
- When should I start grooming my cat?
- Is there anything unusual about your pets?
- Where can I find nearby parks?
- Where can I take my dog for a nice walk?
- Where can they find their veterinarian?
All of these are essential pieces of information to have on hand to ensure the health and well-being of the animals in your care.
9. The House Rules
The rules of the residence are something that a pet sitter should know before agreeing to a sit. That includes things like whether or not you are permitted to let the cats outside or feed the animals goodies. Inquire as to whether the dog is allowed on the sofa, whether the cats are on a diet, and whether or not barking is tolerated. In other words, when the owner is there, all home rules are in effect. Consistency and clear guidelines are essential.
10. Socializing with a pet
One of the requirements of becoming a pet sitter is learning how to establish a rapport with animals.
Each animal companion is unique in character and tastes. Some dogs will respond better to a gentle and patient trainer, while others could thrive on a game of fetch or a good belly rub. If you need anything, ask the owner, but make sure they come to you first.
11. Learn to identify and appreciate typical pet behavior
An important skill for any pet sitter to have is the ability to recognize and comprehend typical pet behaviors. It's crucial. In order to provide proper care for an animal, you must be familiar with its language, its needs, and the motivations behind its actions. So, yes. We suggest you become an expert in animal language and gestures.
With this knowledge under your belt, we have no doubt that you will soon become a pet-sitting pro. Just ask the owner as many questions as you can think of, and you'll soon feel at home with your new pet.