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Top 10 Things to Look for in a Pet Sitting or Dog Walking Company

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc., Dog Walking, Pet Sitting and Pet Care in NH

Ten things you need to know to keep you and your pets Safe

when looking for a Reliable Pet Sitting or Dog Walking Company

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Since the economy has been a challenge starting in 2008, many pet sitting companies have gone out of business and left their clients searching for pet care when the need came. On the other hand, many people who had lost their job, thinking pet sitting was an easy way to make money, started offering pet sitting. These are known as Hobby Pet Sitters or Short Term Sitters. They just pet sit until they find something full time or they are doing it as a fun thing, not a serious business. BEWARE and check them out. I have listed the top 10 here, if you would like the FULL list of 30, Click on this link – What to look for in a pet sitter/pet sitting company to keep you and your pets safe.

 

  • I have heard many horror stories – one client told me she thought the sitter was not coming to let her dog out while she was at work. So she changed the locks. After two days, she called the sitter to see how things were and the sitter said everything was fine!!! How could they be fine, she could not get in to walk the dog with no keys.
  • I had another person tell me they went away for a week and came home to find the payment gone but none of the food cans were opened for their cats, the food and water bowls were empty and the litter box full !! Cats were okay, thank God, they tore open the box of dry food and had the toilet for water.
  • Another told me they had a person coming who was charging half of our prices but this person fell and injured their back on their property. This sitter had NO insurance and now the client’s home insurance is paying out a nice hefty sum.
  • Another pet sitting company used ICs (Independent Contractors), the client (who called me and told me what she went through) went on a cruise leaving her small, very scared, terrier mix to be cared for. The sitter was an independent contractor, so the company that the client hired to do the pet sitting, couldn’t tell her what or how to do the job. An IC is a company all by themselves. They are suppose to have their own insurance and be able to do the job. The sitter was in her 30’s and seemed nice but the sitter decided to have a dinner party in the client’s home!! She invited 15 people, used the client’s china (putting in through the dishwasher where the client found it). used all the client’s candles (never replaced) and kept the dog in the basement (the dog NEVER went in the basement). The client was horrified. I told this person that she really needs to tell the company. She replied, that she was too upset and she does not like to make waves.

I hate hearing these stories because then these poor people think ALL pet sitters are bad. It makes it harder for good pet sitting companies. Please, check out the people who will be caring for your most beloved animals.

Website -this shows a professional company that has put a lot of thought into their business.

Be careful of businesses with only a Facebook page.  These pages can be made one day and gone the next .

Also see the link at the end for a full 30 things to look for to help keep you and your pet SAFE.

Here are 10 things to look for in a pet sitting company

  • First and foremost Is this company legal in every way?

In NH there are certain things that need to be done at the state and federal level, to run a business. DBA’s and sole proprietors must apply for a federal ID number.

I know we are talking pet sitting , where sitters come to the pet’s home but I want to mention here about boarding in someone’s home, be VERY careful to check state and town ordinances.  I have heard too many stories where people’s pets were confiscated because a person had too many pets in their home and did not have the proper permits or permissions.

 

  • Is the business trade name registered as a legal business in NH?

You can call the state department and ask if the business name is registered or you can ask to see the certificate of registration. All businesses are required to register their trade name, to legally do business in the state of NH.  Logos can also be registered as a trademark/servicemark as well.

 

  • Is the business Insured & Bonded

Any person or business coming onto your property to do anything such as plowing, roofing, landscaping, housekeeping, pool maintenance, etc., should carry their own liability insurance, so that if they get hurt or they damage something it is not claimed against your homeowners insurance which may or may not cover the incident (leaving you to pay if they get hurt). You can ask to see a certificate of liability insurance.

Bonding insurance is basically an insurance stating that a company employee is not going to steal anything from you and if they do, the insurance covers any loss and then you and the company can prosecute the thief to the fullest extent of the law. You can ask to see a certificate of bonding insurance.

 

  • Does this business have a website of its own?

Having a website for the pet sitting business that you will be using is a big sign that this company is professional.  Creating a website shows that this person is serious about their company.  It shows that they have put alot of thought into their business and have put it in writing for you.  Look for lengthy personal history of the owner, history of the company and articles written by the company.  Articles will show that this company learns and grows.  You want a company that believes in continuing education.

Facebook – having a facebook page for a business is great but a FB page can be created quickly and it cab be deactivated quickly.  A website shows longevity.  It is not a sure fire way to knowing if a business will be around for a long time but it does show that this person had to put in some time, money and thought.

Another thing about Facebook – it should be under a business name as a business page.  Business pages you would need to “LIKE’ them.  If it is a personal page posing under a business you would have to “FRIEND’ them.  Facebook frowns on this.  Plus do you want a business knowing your personal stuff on facebook?  It is unprofessional.

Stay away from Listing sights – this is a place that advertises a service, such as petsitting and you place your zipcode in and get a list of sitters in your area. Generally, these sitters do not have a business license, nor a website, nor much experience, etc.

 

  • Is this a full time business, offered 365 days a year?

You want to know that your pet sitting service is going to be there when you need it. Maybe you’ve made advanced reservations to go on a day trip, or business trip or vacation but what about the unexpected overtime, illness, hospitalization, car accident, or death in the family. You need to know that your pets will be cared for whenever you need them to be. One less worry in a world of worries. You want a pet sitting company that is there for you for 100% of emergencies.

Most of all WILL THIS COMPANY BE THERE FOR YOU WHEN YOU NEED PET CARE!!

 

  • How long have you been pet sitting?

This is an important question to ask, because you do not want a new company that may not know what to do in an unexpected situation or that may shut down in a few months or years. Typically most pet sitting companies that do not stay in business shut down from their first year to their fifth year. A pet sitting company, in my opinion, should be in business for at least 5 years or longer, to ensure that they have run into a snag here and there and have practices in place to ensure visits are done and have a plan for emergencies (car breaks, fly, death). Also, to ensure that they will be there when you need them. I have seen many businesses that have been around for 6 and 7 years, fold in this economy from 2008 – 2012.

Many people have told me that they had a sitter, used them for a few months or years, then they called and they never return their call, or the company is on vacation, or their phone is disconnected.

Now you have to start searching and researching a new pet sitter. You want a company that will do all the research for you – police check, training, etc., so you don’t have to. Plus, you want to know if one your sitter becomes ill, needs a vacation, needs a leave of absence, moves away – that there are back up sitters in place to take care of your pets.

Look for reviews and testimonials.  Do you see any dates on them?  If they are on the website, the person couls have placed them there.  See if you can find reviews on the Business Facebook

 

  • KNOW the Owner’s and the business history?

Complete History of owner and Business should be accessible on their website.

A pet sitting company’s website should be able to tell you who the owner is and what animal background they have. These are the people who will be guiding employees in the care of your pets. Even if the pet sitters have experience, it is the owners who must have the experience in order to allow or not allow certain things for the welfare of your pets. You should know what that experience is as well as when the business was started and how it has grown. If you cannot see this, ask questions. Why is it not available? Do they not want you to know? Are they hiding their name for a reason? This information should be readily available to you for the safety of you, your pets and everything in your home.

If you find a pet sitting company with just 1 or 2 people, YOU should be researching them, doing a police background check on them, yourself and I would advise to copy their driver’s license and license plate number if you do not have a large company checking them out.

 

  • Do you have a business phone and can I find your business phone number in the phone book yellow pages or call information under your business name?

With everyone having cell phones.  It is getting harder and harder.  However, a good business will have a landline at their office.

You should be able to find your pet sitting company in the yellow pages and by calling information. Many pet sitting companies do not have a business phone, they just use their home phone which is frowned upon by the phone company. Or, they may use their cell phone, which may not always work in many areas and it is not found in the yellow pages or in information. You can tell if other companies have a business or personal phone by calling information or the way they answer the phone, if it is a personal phone they may answer by just saying “Hello” or they have a message with the business name and then personal names, using the home phone for double duty. This is unprofessional and can be confusing. Also if you lose the phone number, you can’t call information, etc. This can be a big problem if you are on a trip, lose the phone number, something happened and you need to extend your trip. It is extremely important to be able to call information and get the phone number of your pet sitting company so that you can extend services in an emergency. This is a safety factor.

 

  • Do you have employees or independent contractors (IC) ?

The reason they should have employees is to control the high quality of our pet sitting visits. The reason many pet sitting companies do not have employees has to do with money, it’s cheaper to have ICs because they do not have to pay workmen’s compensation insurance. This added expense of Workers’ Comp. Insurance (WC), taxes and paperwork, is why many companies hire IC’s. If a company values quality of service the added expense was worth it to be able to control the how, why, where, when and what of the company. An IC is a company all by themselves. WC is not required because an IC will get a 1099 at tax-time not a W2. IC’s take care of their own taxes. So, if you hire Company #1, who then sells your reservation to their IC/Company #2, the original company #1, you hired cannot control the service that you receive from Company #2. There are specific guidelines from the IRS that explains what is an employee vs. IC. Plus, why use the pet sitting company if the IC is also a company, just deal with the IC !! Ask if they do W2s for their employees or 1099s?

Laso ask what the company goes through when hiring.  Do they have a process to ensure good quality pet sitters? Know this process  BEFORE they are allowed to pet sit for you. From interviews, to a application, to calling all employment and personal references, copy driver’s license and Social security card, background checks, etc. .  All of this should be done by your pet sitting company to ensure the safety of your pets.

Back ups, back ups, back ups

Many pet sitters will be solo.  They must have a back up.  I have heard sitters say I never get sick or nothing will happen, I have never had anything happen…….come on, things always happen that we never plan for.  That is why we all need a plan.  A pet sitter needs to know that if something ever were to happen (she could get into a car accident tonight, what will happen to the pets in her care), a responsible professional will know that she has at least THREE or more, yes, that is THREE or more people to call on in case of an emergency.  Why? Because I have had the experience on a few occasions to have to go over FOUR pet sitters deep.  We did have a pet sitter get into a car accident, her normal back up was sick with the flu, number 3 was on vacation, number 4 had a full schedule and could do no more.

 

  • Have your pet sitters had a police background history check?

We have found that many companies say they do this but do not, not sure why they would not want to protect themselves and you. Also, 1 – 2 person pet sitting companies will not do this on themselves, so I suggest you doing one on them. You may also want to copy down their license plate number on their vehicle as well. We have a VERY lengthy process of checking on all of our potential hires.  It is not easy to become an employee with us. We take the safety of the pets in our care VERY seriously.

 

BONUS – 

The pet sitting company should have an online scheduling system.  This system should be available on the pet sitter business website.  Not a listing site where that site will take a percentage.  The listing site does not have the same bells and whistles as a company because Listing sites can not tell the posting sitters what and how to do things.

For our company – Professional Pet Sitting Etc, Our scheduling systems tell our sitters when to be we here and at what times, it notifies us and the sitters if they are late, it tracks our sitters via gps and much, much more.

 

 

I hope this helps you find a great pet sitting company.

There are many of us out there that truly want our companies to be the best for you and your pets.

If you would like to learn more ideas on what to look for in a pet sitting company and how our company stacks up,  Read our entire article with the full 30 things of What to Look for in a Pet Sitting Company.

 

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About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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August Pet Care Tips from a NH Pet Care Professional

As a Pet Care Professional

in NH since 1978,

I’ve learned a few Pet Care Tips

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

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Benny helping himself to fresh Catnip!! By Professional Pet Sitting Etc./Dog Walking/Pet Care/Review

Having been in the animal field all of my life, working in animal welfare, animal rescue,

Animal Hospitals and now in the Largest NH Pet Sitting Company, I have put together a few

Pet Care Tips for every month, here is the Month of August

 

August Pet Care Tips

  • Water Safety for pets A summer outing to the lake or ocean be a lot of fun with your dog be sure to outfit your dog with a life jacket in case of emergency, make sure they have shade and plenty of fresh water. Check with ocean lifeguards for water conditions, dogs are easy targets for jellyfish. Be aware of rip tides, they can easily sweep your dog away. Running on sand is strenuous activity, if your dog is not used this kind of activity, ligaments and tendons can be injured, take fun play slow. Salt and other Ocean minerals can damage your dog’s fur, so rinse them off at the end of the day with fresh water. Not all lake or ocean beaches permit dogs, check local ordinances before heading there with your dog.
  • Hot Sand on beaches can be just as harmful to the pads of a dog’s feet as hot asphalt. I just like a child, who is having too much fun, your pet may ignore hot feet until they are burned. If you will be on the beach for a long time in the sun, check into protection for paws.
  • More water safety tips – most dogs enjoy swimming, but some can’t and some hate the water. Know your dog’s preferences And skills before trying to make them swim. Never throw your dog in the water. If you are swimming with your dog for the first time, start in very shallow water and coax them in. Swimming is hard work, so don’t let your pet overdue it and get too tired.
  • Pool Safety for dogs is the same as for children. Never leave a dog unattended around a pool. Even if a pool has a cover, pets may try to walk on the cover and can easily slip under with any small crevice and be trapped underneath.
  • Do NOT leave your pets in hot cars or sun – August can be one of our hottest months, please do not leave your pets in your car for any reason, not for a minute, not even with the windows down.  We had a tree cutter come and cut down trees in our yard one year in August.  He enjoyed bringing his dog with him.  He took him out of the front and let him go in the back of his open pickup bed.  You would think it was okay being open.  It was in the sun…..by the time the tree cutter was done, the dog had passed away…..the dog was so obedient, he never left the truck, nor wimpered, nor wined.  Please, be very careful in the hot summer sun with your beloved pets. Sometimes, the best thing for them is to leave them home.
  • More Frozen Treat ideas – fill paper cups with plain yogurt, push a treat or two in the middle and freeze. Peel paper cup off and give to your pet!
  • Freeze peeled bananas, hulled strawberries and apples (seeds removed). These are great nutritious treats that are cool in the hot weather ( great for kids, too)
  • Make your reservation Now for your September pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a puppy or dog this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work and you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.
  • If you adopt a kitten or cat this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Feline Fun Time, we can take care of the litter box and give then one on one attention while you are at work, plus you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.

 

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Tips to get the most out of your pet sitting experience

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What you can do to get the most from pet sitting,

so your pet can have the most fun

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Pet Sitting is the best alternative for pet care.  When you must leave your pets, many people call a pet sitter.  You may need just a visit to let your pets out while you are at work or you need pet care while you go on a business trip or maybe you are lucky enough to go to Hawaii for the next three weeks.

Keep in mind the easier you make things for your sitter, the more time the sitter gets to spend giving your pets one on one attention, which is what they need. Your pets miss you and need that special one on one attention that only a pet sitter can give while you are away.

Here are a few things that will help your pets have more fun with their pet sitter instead of missing you:

  • Pre-package your pet food – if your pets are on a strict diet or even if they aren’t, measure out and prepackage each meal in a ziploc so that the sitter just needs to grab, dump in the bowl and feed.  If you feed canned food, try buying single serving or some pet owners have placed pre-measured food in covered bowls in the refrigerator (never leave canned food un-refrigerated for more then two hours, canned food is a meat product and will produce harmful bacteria, for more info – Is your Canned Food Safe).  This works really well for all homemade and raw diets with their added supplements as well.  Another benefit for pre-packaging is this will ensure you will have enough food for the time you are away.  I would also advise to pre- package a few extra days, just in case.
  • Prepackage any medications and or supplements, again pre- package a few extra days, just in case.
  • Get your pets accustomed to the schedule you have reserved.  If you have made a reservation for a sitter to visit 3 times per day and your pet goes out to the bathroom 6-10 times per day,  Your pet may have accidents and feel horrible or be in discomfort.  If your pet is old/young, needs to go out often or if you have a pet that is used to you being home 24/7 or has anxiety when left alone, Maybe your pet needs to be in an easy to clean area or an area that has no hazards or maybe you need to book a sitter to stay overnight with your pet with a few visits during the day. These are possible things to consider and you may need to adjust the reservation or talk with your pet sitting company to come up with alternatives and adjustments.  You can find out if the reservation you booked is right for your pet just by doing the same routine everyday for about 2 weeks prior to you leaving.  Only let them out for those same times, no longer. Feed them at those same times, see how long it takes for you to get everything you want the sitter to do and how long it takes for your pets to eat, go to the bathroom.  That way you will know if what you booked will work, if not you can adjust to more visits, more time or need an overnight.  Keep in mind that for some pets, any change in routine will upset them and they may have accidents in the house, even if they haven’t done so in a long time, even if you booked great visits. They may stop eating or have an upset tummy. However, they will always be happier in their own home rather then anywhere else.
  • Get pets accustomed to their special area if different then normal.  If your kitty is shy and hides from people but needs medications, please get them used to being confined in a small area devoid of any hiding areas or furniture to hide under. We don’t want to risk your kitties lashing out as we try to get them from under furniture. Accustom your pet to the new area a week or two before you go away so they are not stressed by too much change all at once.
  • Make sure the keys you give us work easily and quickly.  Every second that we spend trying to get keys to work, is time taken away from your pets. We want to make sure that each pet gets as much one on one time as possible. If you have locks you don’t use, for example, some people only use the deadbolt and not the doorknob or vise versa.  Please disengage the unused locks some how so that our sitters who lock everything, don’t accidentally lock them or put tape over it so it can’t be locked.
  • Make things. Easy and uncomplicated. For example – We’ve had feeding instructions of feed a handful of dry food with a small amount of wet food, sprinkled with warm water.  Depending on one’s hand and interpretation, it could vary wildly even though it may seem simple.  We would much rather have pre-packaged food because then we know for sure you have the correct measurements.  And your pets will be on the right feeding schedule.
  • Put everything that we will need in one area. If everything we need to do our pet care visits are in one easy to find area, like the counter, we don’t have to go searching here and there.  Again, every minute we search, takes time.
  • Keep things simple. We are coming in for pet care visits that include giving fresh food and water, scooping litter boxes, for some medications and bring in mail/newspapers.  We LOVE information, the more information we have the better.  A note with pet care updates and your emergency numbers is great.    No need to leave pages and pages of notes.  All pet care should be online so sitters can read and familiarize them selves with the information before. It is recommended that you read through your online information about a week or two before you go away to make sure it is as up to date as possible.  Just leave last minute things you may have forgotten, emergency numbers, and notes that only pertain to this one time you will be away (like the lawn people will be here on Thursday).
  • Always leave numbers to reach you – Make sure that we have cell phone numbers, destination numbers and two emergency people for every time you go away. If a water heater breaks or your pet becomes ill, your emergency people will take over, if you can’t be reached. If you are on a cruise, they have ship to shore lines.  If you are camping, the campground can reach you.  There should always be a way to reach you by cell AND by a destination number.
  • Alarms, we hate them but know in today’s world, they are becoming necessary.  Make sure they are working properly and that we have step by step instructions. Each alarm is different, some you must hit 1 after the code, some are 2, some are away, , some are nothing, some key pads have to be hit softly, some hard, some give us 20 seconds, some 60 seconds. It’s a night mare. We hate them and we will probably set them off, so please be understanding. Alarms are the most stressful part of our job.
  • Make sure everything fits properly and in good working order. Collars should be on tight enough to never slip out of.  They should only be loose enough to fit 2 fingers between your pet’s neck and the collar.  We would be devastated if your pet were to get loose.  We’ve had many close calls due to ill fitted collars.  Make sure collars are not so worn they may break at some point as well as leashes that are partially chewed.
  • Train, train, train.  Train your dogs to walk nicely on leash if we are to walk them, so it is pleasant for them as well as for us. It’s much safer for everyone as well. Most pets, but especially dogs really do like to know what is expected of them and know their boundaries. Many pets given to shelters are because owners never trained them and owners got tired of their bad behavior.  Pets are only as good as their owners have taught them.  Yes, I know, sometimes its a pain to have to once again get up and get the cat off the counter (I have a chronic feline counter surfer) or to train your dog to walk nicely (because you normally have them loose in your yard but once a year you take them to a vet and they drag you all over the place) but it is good for them.  Pets should sit and wait for their food or treats and not knock anyone down, or take your hand off, or start fights with the other pets in the home.  One thing all pets should know as well is “drop it” .  Swallowing something dropped on the floor like human medication is a huge problem and its a serious problem that could be life threatening.  Training your pets creates harmony and your pets will respect you.  You will spend more time with them because  they will be more pleasant for you to bring places.  Plus you and your pet will enjoy each other for a lifetime.  Not to mention the enjoyment  between your pets and sitter when you are away (and safety).  Pick one thing at a time to work on, do it for just 10 minutes a day consistently.  In a few short weeks, you will see the change.  If you need ideas or suggestions for training, never hesitate to call.
  • Should we be aware of anything – Tell us if there is anything we should be aware of in the neighborhood, will neighbors or kids stop by, are there dogs in the neighborhood that will be loose and charge out after us on a walk, recent breaking in the the area.
  • Make sure wherever we need to go with your pets is safe – If we can have fun with them in the yard, make sure that any escape routes are securely fixed, no holes in fencing in, under or over. If we are using invisible fencing, make sure you leave instructions for us, that the batteries are good and just in case, leave leashes.  We don’t want to have your pets get loose far less then you do. If we need to walk your pets in certain areas, make sure that it is cleared of any debris, nails, etc.  If it is suppose to snow, please make sure you ask someone to clear snow and ice from the driveway, walkways, decks, stairs and wherever we are to take your pets.
  • If your pets are not feeling well, please do not leave them alone with us. They need their mom and dad when they are not feeling well. Someone should be there all the time in case of emergency and things turn worse. If they are not eating, lethargic, or not acting normally before you leave please cancel your trip, have a friend stay at your home 24/7 or have them stay at the animal hospital.  We worry about your pets.  We are not veterinarians, we may know a lot but we do not want to make a decision about your pets that you may not want plus we would feel horrible if anything happened.
  • Turn off any mechanical devices – We have seen automatic feeders malfunctioned more times then I can count, just give us old fashioned dishes. Electric litterboxes are known to burn out motors if one spec of dirt gets on the electric eye, give us a regular litterbox and a good heavy duty litter scoop ( please no slotted spoons), and please don’t leave water fountains on, they get slimy, are hard to clean and sometimes hard to refill, leave two to three large water bowls, let us know where they are and we will refill.
  • Plants and other extras – Watering plants takes away time from your pets. If we absolutely have to water plants, please bring inside plants all to one area, an area that will not be damaged if water overflows. For outside plants, set up your watering system so that the sitter can just turn the water on when they get there and off when they leave. If watering plants takes more then a couple of minutes, please add time to your visits.
  • Codes and things – If you want us to use a garage code or a code for keyless entry, these items are great but they run with batteries or are tied into your electrical system.  In case there is a power outage or battery failure, make sure that we have a back up way to enter your home, such as extra keys in the office.
  • Safety – Unplug as many electrical devices as you can (in case of power outages/surges, save money too).  If there is anything malfunctioning in your home, please unplug it.  If there is something not working right and the sitter may need to use that item (like a bad vacuum or can opener), put a note on it to not use it.  Also if you have a home where it is very dark and we need to make visits at night, please leave outside lights on.
  • Check weather– If the weather is going to be cold, please do not lower the thermostat too low that your pets will be too cold. If the weather is going to be hot, please make sure that your home is not an oven. Make sure that there is a cool place for your pets to be comfortable, have your central air on or give them access to a cool basement.  For insurance reasons, we can not turn on anything such as fans, electric heaters, fireplaces, ovens, ac, etc.  We leave your home as you leave it.
  • Please make sure we have access to water, a bathroom and a phone.  Many people turn off their water, which is fine.  Please leave enough water for us to give your pets, wash our hands as well as dishes.  Our sitters are on the road all day and must be able to use a bathroom, so please make sure we can flush toilets.  Also, many people only have cell phones, leaving homes with no communication.  While there is nothing we can do about that, it is advisable to have a land line.  As in the case of the Boston Bombings, this year, 2013, they shut down all cell service in case the bombs were being activated via cell phone.  Our sitters are on the road caring for all pets and sometimes they are in areas with no cell coverage, cell phone malfunction,  or their power is low, if there were an emergency with your pet, your home, the sitter, there is no communication possible at your home.
  • Paper Towels – Please leave enough Paper towels and plastic bags for any cleanups and dirty litter.
  • Leave us special treats to give your pets while  away – We want our time with your pets to be special.  We want them to really look forward to our time with them and not miss you too much.  In order to do this, we suggest leaving something special for our sitters to give your pets while you are away.  Choose something they really love, but only get on special occasions, it could be a special toy or even a kong stuffed with peanut butter. We’ve given cooked steak, chicken breast, turkey,  and deli meats to happy eager pets. All cut up in the fridge just waiting for the pet sitters to give to those beloved pets in our care.  Oh and don’t forget the carrots, apples and bananas, cut up haddock, can squash, and tons of catnip!!! I don’t know who enjoys these special treats more, our pet sitters giving it or the pets receiving it !

When you go away to have fun on vacation or business trip, your pets miss you. Let’s make it easy, fun and enjoyable for your pets and pet sitter so that they can have as much fun one on one attention as possible.

We want your pets to look forward to you going away and seeing our sitters, which gives us all peace of mind!

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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