What makes a good pet sitter/dog walker?

HereSadie

Well-known member
I'm looking for a petsitter to play with my large dog on the days that I work late. Do you have any tips for finding the right person for the job?
 

Kirsten

Staff member
I am a Rover sitter (occasional). That said just screen them for experience. Also check out your local Vet Clinics and see if they recommend anyone. I’d look for things like certifications in first aid and make sure they are insured and have references.
 

Vinny

DR & CRR Founder, Consultant Lead
Staff member
This one is a hot topic in the petsitting industry. I am a member of two groups with owners of professional pet sitters that are located around the USA and Europe.

I agree with Kirsten above and believe it or not there are many pros and cons to tech companies like Rover or Wags. Another whole topic in itself. Some will say there are professionals and hobbiest. Researching and asking some good questions will weed out the hobbiest or should I say the kid next door. Many things can go wrong in the wrong hands and someone without experience.

I personally would lean towards a professional that has things like Kirsten mentions. I would even go one step further and get an idea of how they manage dogs or what they will do in certain situations.

Example: what would you do if my dog does something right?

What would you do if my dog does something wrong?

You be surprised if the answers you might get.

Any safety protocols they have in place eg...

Big topic lol for what seems like an easy question. We also board dogs and do occasional walks :)
 

Kirsten

Staff member
Yes. There are lots of things to consider. I signed up with Rover because I didn’t want to run a business again as I only do it for a few people that are old training clients. That said. I also petsit through a professional dog training friend of mine and am covered under her business should something go wrong. I also only sit for difficult dogs as one of the benefits of using me is 30 years professional experience.
 

Kirsten

Staff member
Also consider if you need your dog walker or just potty breaks and attention at your house. Dog walking off your property can be a whole different ball game than someone coming to your house and playing with your dog on your property because taking a dog off property adds a heap of extra variables the dog walker can’t control (off leash dogs, people, kids, bikes, skateboards, etc), and that’s where knowledge of handling dogs in potentially difficult situations comes into play.
 

HereSadie

Well-known member
I walk Sadie myself and enjoy it, so I'm not at all interested in a dog walker. Sadie has a doggy door that goes into our large fenced in yard. I wouldn't want someone to take her off the premises at all! Sadie doesn't run for the door in order to escape nor is she digger who tries to crawl underneath the fence. She has plenty of toys and loves playing, but she really needs company for a couple of hours more than anything else. Sadie is friendly, easy going, and up-to-date on all of her shots. Does she really need a professional instead of an adult from my neighborhood that can get here easily?
 

Kirsten

Staff member
You’ve assessed your situation very well! Now all you have to do is choose which option best fits you and Sadie!
 

DenverDogLover82

Active member
I think it's totally up to you whether you hire a professional or just get someone from your neighborhood to come play with Sadie. Do you have someone you can trust in your area with your house key? Unless I knew the person really well, I'd be wary of giving my key to anyone.

When I was growing up, my sister and I cat-sat for a neighbor we didn't know too well. But things were different back then. It seems like we have to be so much more cautious these days, in my opinion.

Please let us all know what you decide to do!
 

Romasia1

New member
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The best dog ramp is the one that has sufficient traction to ensure that your dog doesn’t slip when the ramp is in use. There are several other features expected from a typical ramp for the dog, for instance, the best dog ramp for pickup truck should have raised sides for better security, while the best dog ramps for older dogs are expected to have lower elevations to ensure that the dog is not stressed when walking over the ramp. The following products are considered to be some of the best options you should consider right now
Nice ramp.
 
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