Pet sitting is a great way to turn a hobby into a part-time job caring for the needs of domestic animals in your community. But before you agree to take on a pet sitting job, what are some pet sitting dos and don’ts you should be aware of?
Do Clean Up All Messes
Pet owners do not want to come home and find that their dog has messed all over their brand new love seat or on the rug. Keep a close eye on the pets while they are in your care.
Any accidents that occur while the pet owners are gone are your responsibility, including cleaning up spills and mud that has been tracked in after you have returned from a walk. If the dog has rolled around in the mud during a walk, give him a bath as soon as you bring him home, so that the house stays in the same condition that the pet owners left it in.
Do Draw Up a Pet Sitting Agreement
Pet owners and pet sitters each need to know where they stand from the very beginning. The best way to ensure that there are no misunderstandings is to draw up a pet sitting agreement. This should outline the pet owners’ expectations, pet sitter responsibilities and a day-to-day schedule that the pet owners would like to see followed for their pets. The pet sitting agreement should also include the steps you are expected to follow in case of a medical emergency.
Don’t Leave Anyone Else in Charge
Pet sitters should never leave anyone else in charge of the pets unless the pet owners have specifically stated that this is acceptable. Do not ask your spouse, children or best friend to stop by to feed the cats or walk the dog while you go shopping or run other errands. Once you enter into a pet sitting agreement, you should closely abide by it, rather than shirk your responsibilities by asking others to take care of the pets.
Don’t Bring Your Pets Along
Pet sitters should never bring their pets along with them while they are working. Not only is it disrespectful to bring other pets into someone else’s home without their consent, but the pets could start fighting, or one could end up pregnant. Keep your pets at home and stay focused on the job you are being paid to do.
Pet sitters are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility. Make sure you do all you can to earn the trust of the pet owners by diligently carrying out your duties and by strictly abiding by the rules and regulations that the pet owners have set forth in the pet sitting agreement.