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Sunday, August 15, 2010

How to Communicate With Your Pet Sitter

A job advertisement for a pet sitter should clearly outline your expectations as a pet owner. Along with that, include such information as the type and breed of animal(s), job description and how much you are willing to pay for pet sitting services. But once you have met your pet sitter and interviewed them, what is the best way to communicate your needs to your new pet sitter?

Provide a Daily Schedule

An effective way to communicate your needs to your pet sitter is to set down all your expectations in writing. Include a detailed daily schedule that includes when you would like your pet sitter to arrive, how often you want them to come by your house to see the animals, their daily duties and also where all of the pet's supplies are kept.
Pets' Routine

Pet owners take their pet's routine for granted, but they must ensure that they provide as much information as possible so that their pet sitter feels comfortable with what is expected of them, even if the information seems trivial. For example, mention that Fido loves to have his ears tickled before he will settle down for the night. At what time do you expect your pet sitter to take Scruffy for a walk? When does your dog need to be brought back indoors? Is he allowed treats? If so, under what circumstances can he receive treats?
Emergency Phone Numbers

No one wants to think or plan for the worst, but accidents and emergencies can occur during your absence, which is why you will need to provide emergency phone numbers (including the vet's phone number) in case the unthinkable happens and your cat is run over or your dog is injured by another dog during his daily walk. Emergency phone numbers can give you peace of mind and prepare your pet sitter in case of an accident or emergency.

Experienced pet sitters will come prepared with a list of questions to ask pet owners during the job interview. However, it is your primary responsibility as a pet owner to provide as much detailed information as possible and to communicate openly and honestly with your pet sitter from the very time of your first meeting, so that they know of your expectations, prohibitions and other information. Advance preparation on your part will ensure pet sitters perform their job properly.

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