What are the benefits of using a pet sitter?

There are numerous benefits for having a pet sitter care for your animals.

Benefits to your pets include:

  • Staying at home in his/her safe, secure environment
  • Being surrounded by familiar sights, smells and sounds
  • Following his/her regular diet and exercise routine
  • Having play time
  • Receiving love and personal attention
  • Maintaining medical treatment, when required
  • Having someone responsible in case of an emergency
  • Eliminating the trauma of travel or an unfamiliar environment
  • Helping to ensure good health (no exposure to other animals' illness or parasites)

Benefits to you include:

  • Knowing that your pet is in caring, loving hands
  • Having the confidence that the pet sitter can deal with other issues - such as grooming, vet visits
  • Eliminating the trauma of having to transport and leave your pet
  • Not having to impose on family, friends or neighbours
  • Feeling your home is more secure with someone going in and out several times a day.

 

Ok, but how does that compare to a kennel/cattery?

Whilst some animals are fine in kennels and catteries, there are many animals unsuited to these environments due to their temperament or needs. By keeping your animals in their own environment, you are reducing the stress and anxiety of unfamiliar surroundings. Though some animals don't mind boarding, most find it stressful. In addition, their normal feeding, playing/walking and sleeping routines are maintained the same. Kennels and catteries, by their very natures, are unable to do this. Often they charge extra to give your animals their usual food, rather than the standard kennel/cattery food. Changes in feed can lead to upset stomachs, exacerbated by the stress of a new environment. The exercise routines often only include being let out for a short period of time each day in a group yard, with no individual attention given. This is particularly no good if your pets don't get on with other animals.

In addition to the benefits to your pets, your house is taken care of, and seen to be taken care of.

 

Do I get to meet you before you start looking after my pets?

Of course. I will come to you for no obligation chat and to meet your pets. This will provide me with important information regarding your pet, their routines, health, likes and dislikes, and behaviours. This is also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions or raise any concerns you have.

 

Will you use other people to care for our pets?

All animals are personally minded and walked by me, so your pets always get the same friendly and experienced minder. If for some reason I am unable to look after your pets due to an emergency, I will call you and discuss the options.

 

Do you walk my dogs with other dogs?

To give your dogs my utmost attention, I do not do 'pack' walks. I only walk one 'family' of dogs at a time. If you have more than two dogs, I'll do a trial run and if I'm not comfortable walking them all at once, I'll do several walks at a reduced rate to ensure that your dogs are safe in my care.

 

Where do you take the dogs for a walk?

I follow your usual routes when walking your dogs, to keep consistency and reduce stress.

 

Do you still walk dogs in when it is hot or raining?

For health and safety reasons I do not walk when the temperature gets much over 30°C. Walking in these conditions increases the risk of heat stress or heat stroke, and is dangerous is general for animals, especially puppies and elderly dogs - just as it is for humans. If I am scheduled to walk your dogs on a day like this, I'll phone to either move it to early morning or evening when it is cooler, or to a different day.

I am happy to walk your dogs in the rain, if your dogs are happy to. Some dogs don't like the rain and are miserable when forced out into it. If that is the case, I'll call to reschedule. Otherwise, I am happy to walk as normal.

However I cannot walk if there is a thunderstorm or extreme wind (branches coming down) for safety reasons. In these conditions I can either spend the time playing with your dogs so they still get some exercise and attention, or reschedule for another day.

 

I usually let my dog off-leash, can you do this?

For safety and legal reasons, I am unable to do off-lead walking. Whilst your dog may stay and return to you, they may not do so with someone from outside the family unit. I can let your dogs off-lead in a local dog park, provided that your dogs are friendly and social.