Reining Cats and Dogs
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Raleigh, NC
919-870-6712
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Choosing the Right Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

Choosing the right pet sitter to care for your animals while your away can be a very difficult decision.
Reining Cats and Dogs Pet Sitting is pleased to provide pet owners with a series of questions to ask
potential pet sitters to help in the pet sitter interview process. We encourage you to take some time early
in the selection process to determine the pet sitter best suited for your situation. We recommend, whether
you choose Reining Cats and Dogs Pet Sitting or not, that you choose a professional pet sitting company
that is licensed, bonded, insured, and pet first aid certified so that you and your pets do not have to worry
during the time you are away from each other.

Questions to ask a potential pet sitter.

Does the pet sitter keep regular office hours?
  • A professional pet sitter should have a schedule of office hours. A larger business may have
    additional personnel to answer phone calls or e-mails, but many pet sitters are sole proprietors who
    use answering machines to field inquiries.

If you left a message inquiring about services, how soon was it returned?
  • A dependable company will return all calls within 24 hours.

How much notice does the pet sitter need in order to schedule your request for a pet sitter?
  • A lot of pet sitters request at least two weeks notice, but may be able to accommodate an occasional
    short-notice assignment. Sometimes there is an additional charge for short-notice assignments.

Does the pet sitter have established fees for pet care they can quote over the phone and/or in
company literature?
  • A professional pet sitter should have a published list of fees that cover the most common pet-care
    requests. Fees for special services may be worked out on a case-by-case basis. Beware of pet
    sitters who don't have a published fee list. Some pet sitters will adjust their prices based on your
    demographic.

Is the pet sitter bonded and insured?
  • This is a must. Ask for proof of coverage.

Does the pet sitter meet with you and your pet(s) in advance?
Is there a charge for this in-home meeting?
  • Initial interviews allow the pet sitter to meet with you in your home, interact with your pets and
    discuss services and business policies. These visits are highly recommended for both pet owner
    and pet sitter. Some pet sitters offer this service at no charge, while others charge a nominal fee for
    their time and travel expenses.

How much experience does the pet sitter have in caring for your particular type of pet?
  • Experience in caring for special needs pets or unusual types of pets is helpful if that is what you
    need. Most pet sitters are animal lovers, but not all have long term experience or education in
    animal care. The owner of Reining Cats and Dogs Pet Sitting has a 4 year degree in Equestrian
    Studies as well as over 20 years of experience caring for animals.

Does the pet sitter use a service contract that spells out services performed and fees for
doing so?
  • A well-written contract outlines the details associated with each service the pet sitter will provide.
    The contract includes all fees along with the expected amount of time that will be spent with your pet
    (s). This ensures that both you and your pet sitter have agreed on and understand the level of
    service being provided in your absence.

How much time does the pet sitter spend in your home to care for your pet(s)?
  • The average in-home visit to care for one pet is 30 minutes, but additional time may be required if
    you request special services such as dog walking, playtime, etc.,  or have a multiple pet household.

Does the pet sitter have a Web site?
  • Many pet sitters have web sites to communicate with current and potential clients. It is an excellent
    way to provide information to pet owners and to offer the option of e-mail communication between
    owners and pet sitters.

What does the pet sitter do if medical care is needed for your pet?
  • Arrangements should be made with your veterinarian and/or local emergency veterinary clinic to
    allow the pet sitter to seek medical attention for your pet while you are away.

During the in-home interview, does the pet sitter exhibit a positive attitude and seem
comfortable and competent in caring for your pet(s)?
  • A positive attitude goes hand in hand with experience when it comes to in-home pet care. As a
    result, you can feel at ease and look forward to the in-home pet-care a professional pet sitter
    provides.

How will the pet sitter confirm your safe return home for the care of your pet(s)?
  • Your pet sitter should call to confirm that you have returned home at the expected time or ask that
    you call to confirm your return.

Will the pet sitter provide you with an evaluation or rating form of their services?
  • A service rating form is the hallmark of a professional pet sitter who wants to ensure client
    satisfaction.

What are the payment terms?
  • Some pet sitters require payment in full for first time customers while others require a deposit upon
    reservation and balance paid at the end of the assignment. There is no industry standard for
    payment terms, so be sure you understand in advance the terms of the pet sitting business you
    utilize.


When you engage the services of a professional Raleigh pet sitter, use this list of questions to
help evaluate the pet sitter. This ensures that you can leave your beloved pets with the peace
of mind knowing that they will be well cared for. That’s a win-win-win situation for you, your pets
and your pet sitter.
"We are extremely pleased with the
excellent pet sitting service you
provided. Most important, of course, was
the (very obvious) loving care you gave
our beloved retired racers. And with all
the extras, it gave us complete peace of
mind to fully enjoy our vacation. Thank
you so much."
 Pat S.  Raleigh, NC

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