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When Is It A Good Idea To Hire A Pet Sitter?

Hiring A Pet SitterPet sitters can be hired for all kinds of situations including the traditional need: holidays and vacation time. However, nowadays pet sitters aren’t just for walking your dog while you’re out of town for a few days, but you can also hire a pet sitter to be your “Personal Assistant” that can take care of puppy needs during the day while you are at work as well as run quick errands for you, light housekeeping jobs, yard work, grocery shopping and whatever else you require.

Why Hire A Pet Sitter During Vacations?

Traveling a short distance with your dog can be a positive, bonding experience for both you and your dog. I know my dog loves taking car rides with me when I run quick errands around the city, and for those quick day trips we take–she’s thrilled that she’s able to hang out with me.

However, if you aren’t able to keep puppy with you for the majority of time on your trip, there are a few things you should consider before having your dog come with you:

New Places: Will your dog be left alone in the hotel room for any length of time? This is a strange place for her and totally unknown to her. You’re not around, there are strange noises in the hallway and outside the room. The place she’s in is totally foreign to her. Will she understand why she’s in the room alone and that you’ll be back shortly? She may be nervous and anxious while she’s alone, how will she react? You may return to the hotel room to find your normally quiet and easy-going dog a shrill, barking wreck…and very displeased hotel room neighbors.

New Faces: If you’re staying with family or friends, consider how puppy will adapt with any children or animals that may live in the home. Puppy may not be happy with another dog or cat in the house or be happy about a strange baby roughly tugging his ears or tail.

Hiring a pet sitter can be a good option for your dog if you’ll be on a trip that won’t have much time for puppy or if puppy will be left alone in the above situations for any length of time. By having a pet sitter, your dog will be able to stay in her own home, with all her familiar sights, sounds and smells. Here are some tips for determining your pet sitter requirements.

A pet sitter can be arranged to come into the home to attend to the food and water needs of puppy as well as regular potty breaks. You can set the times to correspond with puppy’s regular daily schedule. You can also arrange the pet sitter to take puppy for walks and outdoor play time.

Why Hire A Regular Pet Sitter & Assistant?

Our days can be busy–full work schedules, daily commute times, running kids to sporting events, plus the daily needs such as preparing meals, housekeeping, laundry, yard work, regular errands, etc. Some days can be more packed with activities than others. Hiring a pet sitter / assistant can help ease the demands life throws at us daily.

You can hire a capable person to walk your dog, run them to vet or grooming appointments, as well as do personal chores for you such as grocery shopping, yard work, prepare meals, bring in the mail daily, do a load of laundry, and more.

The needs a pet sitter can fulfill are limitless. Specify what duties you need performed, what your experience requirements are and you can advertise or go through online services like SitterCity to find a suitable person that will be happy to help you out.