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Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Pet Sitter

Going away is exciting but can also be nerve racking  with worry about leaving our pet behind.  It doesn’t have to be so worrisome.  One of the best options is to leave your pet home with a pet sitter.  Most pets prefer staying at home if they can’t go.  Here are the top 5 reasons to hire a pet sitter.

Top 5 reasons to hire a pet sitter

Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Pet Sitter

 

1.  Comfort of Home

Home is where your pet is most comfortable.  They know where to eat, sleep, and relax.  Your pet feels safe and secure at home.  Everything is familiar.  At home your pet does not have to experience a strange environment, other pets, or scents and sounds therefore making your absence less stressful.

2.  Convenient

Hiring a pet sitter is convenient for you.  This is especially true if you have multiple pets.  Trying to get all the pets and the necessary supplies loaded up for travel or to take to a kennel is a chore. 

3.  Less Stress

Staying at home is less stressful for your pets.  Pets like the familiarity of their routing and surroundings.  Some pets become very anxious when left in a new environment especially if you aren’t there with them.  Cats do not usually do well with boarding or kenneling.  They prefer their own home.

4.  No Imposition on Family & Friends

Although having a friend, neighbor, or family member care for your pet is much cheaper than hiring a pet sitter.  Having someone commit to visiting your pet several times while you are away can be a huge imposition.  They may also lack the knowledge and experience in knowing what to do if your pet becomes ill or injured.

5.  Peace of Mind

The  most important reason to hire a pet sitter is peace of mind knowing your pet is in good hands.  An experienced, professional pet sitter is reliable, trustworthy, and knowledgeable regarding pet care.  Going away shouldn’t be stressful for you or your pet. A pet sitter will show up, when they say they will, and will provide the utmost care and love for your pet.  They will also keep in contact with you while you are away to ease your mind.

If you are planning a trip, we recommend hiring a professional pet sitter. Having the right person care for your pet will make going away easier and more relaxing for both you and your pet.

Do you need a pet sitter?

Best in Pet Services provides professional dog walking and pet sitting.  Contact us to learn more about our services or to schedule your pet sitter or dog walker.  Our service area includes Beaver, New Brighton, Monaca, Rochester, and Beaver Falls, and some surrounding areas.

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Pet Care Option For Multiple Pet Households

If you have a house full of pets, you may wonder how to go on a trip leaving them behind.  Asking family, friends, or neighbors to stop in to take care of them is a huge imposition.  The best pet care option for multiple pet households is to hire a professional pet sitter.
Best Pet Care Option for Multiple Pet Households

Best Pet Care Option for Multiple Pet Households

 

Cost

Cost is one reason hiring a pet sitter is the best pet care option for multiple pet households.  Hiring a pet sitter will be less costly than trying to kennel or board.  Most pet sitters charge by time. Although having multiple pets may require a longer visit, it will be cheaper than paying per each pet at a kennel.

Convenience

Hiring a pet sitter will be much more convenient for you.  Pets stay at home so there is no burdensome task of trying to gather all the pet supplies and transport pets to the kennel or boarding facility. Preparing for vacation will be much easier without worrying about dropping pets off somewhere.

Comfort

All pets are more comfortable at home.    This is where their pet companions are.  This is where they sleep and eat.  They feel safe and secure at home.  Multiple pet households have each other for companionship so it’s not as lonely for them when you go away.

Familiarity

Most pets have a favorite place to rest. Each pet knows where their food dish is.  There is a routine of when to get up, eat, go outside, and go to bed.  This familiarity provides a sense of belonging and security. Everything about home is familiar to your pets, especially the scent, sounds, and other household members.

New environments can cause pets to become stressed and anxious.  They don’t know what to do or where to go, This uncertainty, therefore, may cause your pet to be uncomfortable, uneasy, or fearful.  This is especially true if pets must be separated.  Most kennels may be able to house one or two pets together but three or more is unlikely.

New sounds, scents and other unfamiliar pets can cause your pets severe anxiety.  The stress of this unfamiliar territory may also lead to appetite loss, diarrhea, or illness.

Having multiple pets shouldn’t prevent you from taking a vacation.  Call a professional pet sitter to schedule a consultation so you can arrange time away.  Having a reliable, trustworthy pet sitter will put your mind at ease.

Contact a pet sitter today so your next vacation will be relaxing and worry free.

 

 

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3 Tips for Booking a Holiday Pet Sitter

Holidays are a busy and hectic time for everyone.   Booking pet care can often be overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the season.  Use these 3 tips for booking a holiday pet sitter.

3 Tips for Booking a Holiday Pet Sitter

3 Tips for Booking a Holiday Pet Sitter

Book Early

The best advice we can give, is to book your pet care reservations as early as possible.  A professional pet sitter takes reservations months in advance for holidays and summer vacations. No amount of money offered can create extra hours in a pet sitter’s schedule so waiting until last minute may leave you without pet care.

Pet Sitters hate to tell clients they are unavailable. Professional pet sitters with an excellent reputation will quickly fill their schedule and therefore, have to say no to additional requests.

Don’t Hire a New Pet Sitter for Holidays

Don’t hire a new pet sitter for the busy holidays if pet sitting is new to you.  Learning new routines and spending time getting to know new pets takes extra time at first.  Pet sitters have a fully booked holiday schedule and this is not the best time to learn about new pets.

We recommend hiring a pet sitter before the holidays.  Try a few day visits or a weekend first.  Building a relationship between your pet sitter and pet will provide a stress free holiday.

 

Hire a Professional Pet Sitter

Hiring a professional pet sitter during the holidays will put your mind at ease knowing someone will show up when they say they will for your pets.  We receive so many calls the week of or sometimes the day before a holiday of a pet owner in a panic because their family or friend backed out at the last minute.  Although we do feel bad, there is no way to fit in last minute requests at this time of year.

When family or friends have a change of plans, they will no longer want to be committed to providing pet care.  Don’t impose on friends and family during the holidays.  They want to spend time with their loved ones too.  Working holidays is part of the job for a professional pet sitter.  They won’t bail on you for a change of plans.  

The holidays will be approaching fast.  Book your holiday pet sitter today!

Best in Pet Services provides professional dog walking and pet sitting.  Contact us to learn more about our services or to schedule your pet sitter or dog walker.  Our service area includes Beaver, New Brighton, Monaca, Rochester, and Beaver Falls, and some surrounding areas.

 

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Pet Sitter Pet Peeves

The best part of being a professional pet sitter is spending time with pets.  Taking care of pets, loving on them, and providing a valuable service for their guardians gives us great pleasure and pride.  There are however some aspects of pet sitting that are not so pleasant. These pet sitter pet peeves may cost you your pet sitter.

Pet Sitter Pet Peeves

 

Here are some pet sitter pet peeves

No cleaning supplies

Pets make messes!  Their water and food dishes need cleaned out.  Litter needs swept up.  Pet sitters want to be sure your home is in tip top condition when you return. It makes our job so much harder when there are no cleaning supplies available.  Please at least leave your pet sitter some paper towels.  Make sure the broom, dustpan, and vacuum are available.  Most importantly, leave a litter scoop if you have cats.

Not enough cat litter 

Scooping out litter boxes is not a fun chore. Not leaving a supply of extra litter is most definitely a pet sitter pet peeve. It’s really awful when clients leave only a dusting to cover the bottom of the litter box. The pee & poo cements to the box.  It takes some arm muscle to chisel that goo out. We don’t like cleaning that mess and cats certainly don’t like doing their business when there is not enough litter to cover up.

This is especially gruesome in multi kitty households when there aren’t enough litter boxes available for the cats. Make sure your cats and pet sitter are happy.  Leave an adequate supply of litter but also be sure to supply enough cat boxes.  The rule of thumb is one box per cat plus one extra.  

Non emergent calls/texts in the middle of the night

Pet sitters have long grueling schedules.  They start early, work late and spend all holidays and weekends caring for pets. We certainly encourage our pet guardians to check in on their pets while they are away.  We love receiving calls for new service bookings.  Surprisingly though we get many calls and text messages after 10 pm or before 6 am for non emergent calls. We keep the phone on for emergencies.  This is in case someone is in an accident, sudden death or illness in the family, or their return home from a trip is delayed. 

A big pet peeve of pet sitters is receiving a call at midnight asking how Fluffy is doing or to ask for a change in a reservation that is booked 2 months out. Please be respectful of your pet sitter’s down time.  They need to sleep, spend time with their family and pets.  If your pet sitter has office hours, please contact during that time. Would you want your boss contacting you at 2am for something that could be discussed while you were at work the next day?

Leaving an ill or injured pet with no warning

It is very upsetting when pet guardians fail to let us know that their pet is ill or has been injured prior to arriving for service. As professional pet sitters, we take the well-being of your pet very seriously. It is not fair to your pet to leave them hurting. Nor is this fair to the pet sitter.  A sick or injured pet requires more time and may even need emergent veterinarian care.  

Not adequately scheduling enough time with the pets

The cost to have someone care for your pets can add up. Scheduling enough time for your pet to receive the proper care and attention while you are away will result in a happy, well cared for pet.  Skimping by scheduling shorter time visits is a disservice for your pet.  

Unrealistic expectations

Unrealistic expectations are very frustrating to a pet sitter.  There are some things we have no control over.  We can’t make your dog poop within a 20 minute visit if they don’t need to.  We can’t guarantee to be at your house at exactly noon every day if there is not a medical need. If you have 10 pages of notes for the care of your pet, have multiple pets all fed different foods, at different places, 6 litter boxes, and 3 dogs that need to go out separately, we can’t make that happen in a 30 minute visit even if you are able to.  One of the most unrealistic expectations is asking us to reduce our rates to $10 a visit because the neighbor kid or person on Rover charges much less. This is most certainly one of the biggest pet sitter pet peeves.  We can’t stay in business caring for pets at discounted rates.

A professional pet sitter will reduce the stress for you and your pet while you are away.   Finding someone you trust and can rely on will make traveling much more enjoyable. Avoid these pet sitter pet peeves to keep your pet sitter coming back then next time you need to go away.

 

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How To Get Free Pet Sitting By A Professional!

We get it!  We have multiple pets, so we understand. Paying for pet care while you are away can get expensive, especially on those long trips. There is a way, however you can receive free pet sitting by a professional.  

Free Pet Sitting By A Professional

Here is how you can get free pet sitting by a professional!

Most professional pet sitters offer a referral program.  Referral programs benefit both the pet sitter and you, the pet guardian.  Word of mouth is the best form of advertising for a pet sitter. Often times the pet sitter will give an incentive to those who share their business with others.

The incentive varies among professional pet sitters. The pet sitter may offer a certain amount off the next time you schedule a visit.  This can range from $5 upwards to $25 off a future visit. Some pet sitters also offer a discount of 5-10% off next booking. This is certainly worth taking advantage of as it could result in substantial savings to you, especially if you take long vacations.

How most referral programs work is,

You spread the word about your experience with your pet sitter. Encourage friends and family to give your pet sitter a call. Share pictures and stories your pet sitter has provided while servicing your pets.

You can also share posts from your pet sitters social media pages and comment on what a fantastic job the pet sitter did with your pets. Leave positive reviews on social media about your pet sitter.

Once your referral books and pays for service, the pet sitter will notify you and apply a credit to your account. The more you refer the more credits you can accumulate.  This can result in substantial savings on your pet care bill when planning a nice long vacation.

A bonus is if  your pet sitter also gives a credit to the person you referred. You refer the pet sitter and receive a credit but your friend who booked services also receives the same credit.  This is a win for everyone.

If you aren’t sure if your pet sitter has a referral program ask. 

What’s keeping you from telling others about your fantastic pet sitter?  Don’t worry that they will get too busy to take your future reservations.  Professional pet sitters value long-time, clients who appreciate their service and tell others about them.

Now spread the word and get your free pet sitting by a professional.

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