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Advantages of Hiring a Pet Sitter

By Penney Hoppe

Benefits of a Pet Sitter to your Pets

· Unlike humans, pets prefer to have their life the same each day. They like to do things habitually. Hiring a pet sitter means allowing your pet to stay in your home. The sight, smell and sounds will be all familiar to your special pal unlike in boarding facilities.

· When at the pet sitter’s home, your pet’s diet and routine will continue which is very important. There are animals placed in boarding facilities that get too stressed that they do not have the appetite to eat. There are also facilities that do not regularly give the needed exercise.

· The possibility of your pet getting exposed to stressful situations and diseases will be minimized when a sitter takes care of him. The chances of your special buddy acquiring germs and disease are higher if he is in boarding facility with other animals not familiar to him.

· The hassles of traveling from your home to the kennel will be eliminated. There are times that constant travelling can be very stressful to your pet.

· Professional pet sitters can provide animals with the utmost care that you can rely on. Attention, love, mental stimulation, playtime and occasional treats are given to your pet, regardless of his breed. There are boarding facilities which do not accept certain breeds of animals.

Choosing a Pet Sitter

Choosing the right pet sitting expert can be a tough job. You need to look for someone who knows everything about petting such as the diet and grooming of the animals, and most of all, how can he get the animal to warm up to him.

Entrusting your cute puppy or kitty to someone you know you can rely on while you are gone can give you a feeling of security that your pet is in good hands.

· First, find out if the person has the qualifications needed for a pet sitter. Ask for some references and make some follow ups. References are the best way to obtain some ideas on the reliability of the pet sitter.

· There are several ways where you can effectively find a reliable pet sitting expert. You can begin your search online where numerous websites offer for pet sitting services.

· Your veterinarian is also the best resource person to ask. He might be acquainted with someone in your area who knows a lot about pet sitting.

· Do not decide on the first sitter you come across with. It is best to have several options. You can arrange interview to every one of them. Find out how your pet and the sitter react with each other. An experienced one can easily get the animal’s trust.

· Apart from your interview, observe the pet sitter if he asks several questions about your pet. A reliable sitter makes sure that he knows everything about your pet especially the diet and medical conditions so that he would know how to react if the situation calls for it. The one who doesn’t ask questions isn’t actually concern with your pet’s well-being.

Taming a Shy and Scared Pet

Older pets like cats and dogs tend to be scared and aloof of their new people around them. They usually hide and looked terrified every time you approach. It is not actually unusual for animals to be scared of other people and new environment especially when they were not properly socialized when they were still very young. If you are a pet sitter, patience is really something you need to put into the pet.

· A reliable pet sitter knows how to make a shy and scared animal trust him. Learn the “language” of the pet so it would be easier for you to gain his trust.

· Never look at the animal’s eye directly when he is not yet accustomed to your presence. It sometimes sends an aggressive message to the animal that might start a fight.

· From time to time, sit near the pet to let him know that you are of the same level; that you are not a threat.

· Talk to your special pal in the nicest way possible. Once the animal gets accustom to your company, start petting him, initially for few seconds, and longer on the following days.

Owners of older animals usually place their pets in boarding facilities or kennel. In some ways, it could be an advantage to the older pets since they are able to see other animals. The can also be fed and groomed properly. Owners of pet centers are aware of the needs of older pets unlike new and younger pets; they can be easily tamed since they are already accustomed to different people and animals.

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Aug 10, 2012 | 0 | Dog Boarding, Dog sitting

Choosing a Boarding Kennel For Your Pet

By Beverly Frank

If you’re planning on going out of town for a while, choosing your pet’s home away from home while you’re gone is one of the most important decisions you will have to make for them. Choosing a boarding kennel is one way to have your dog taken care of while you’re gone. However, with that in mind there are several different things to consider in leaving your dog in the care of someone you don’t know well. Choosing the right kennel takes some research and time.

Advantages and disadvantages to using a boarding kennel

You wouldn’t leave your child in the care of someone who was neglectful, cruel, and irresponsible would you? Of course not, so why should your pet be any different? They are part of the family now and finding the right accommodations while you’re away is important. There are advantages and disadvantages to using a kennel. Here are a few to consider:


· It can make your trip less stressful especially if you have a long car ride or plane ride ahead of you.
· Putting your pet in an overnight kennel gives them a comfortable place to stay where they are welcome (unlike most hotels).
· They will probably receive more attention at a kennel than left behind while you are traveling and sight seeing.
· If they happen to have a health or medical problem there is qualified staff to attend to it immediately.


· Some pets act up when they are placed in a strange and unfamiliar environment
· Staying with so many other pets puts them at a risk for being exposed to other health problems.
· Finding a kennel that accepts more than just cats and dogs.

Now that you know some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a boarding kennel, let’s talk about how to choose the right one. Here are some tips and things to look for in your search for the right boarding kennel:

Tip #1: Take a tour of the facility

Once you have found a list of boarding kennels to choose from you will want to take a tour of the facility. Call ahead of time to ask if they give tours or not; this will be a good indicator of whether or not you send your pet there. A good overnight kennel will let you see all of their facilities and everything they have to offer. Things to look for in the facility are how it smells, cleanliness, knowledgeable and caring staff members, sizes of indoor and outdoor run and exercise area, litter boxes, etc.

Tip #2: Will the boarding kennel let you bring your own food?

This is something you will want to ask before you drop your pet off. If they allow it, make sure there is no fee for doing so; some will allow it without any extra fees.

Tip #3: Ask about giving medications and monitoring health

Some pets take certain medications every day so it’s important to ask and make sure that the facility will offer this option. Some facilities will charge and extra fee and others will do it for free. Monitoring your pet’s health is also important, especially if you’re going to be gone for a long time. Make sure staff members are friendly and attentive and are aware of what’s going on around them.

Tip #4: Paying for services

Make sure you have everything in writing before you leave. You don’t want to come back and have a bunch of extra fees to pay that you didn’t know were part of the service.

Choosing a boarding kennel for your pet is simple; choosing the right boarding kennel for your pet is a little more difficult and will take some time on your part in researching and finding the best facility for your pets needs.

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Dec 14, 2009 | 0 | Dog Boarding