All pet owners know that feeling when they’re getting ready for a trip, so excited to be heading off to their destination, but feeling a bit guilty packing their bag with their dog’s big, sad eyes staring at them. Many pet owners feel bad about leaving their pet, in large part because they aren’t really comfortable with their current boarding solution. Well, our friends at Rover.com have just the right alternative. They help pet parents find trusted dog sitters close by, where your dog can stay in a real home – whether that’s the dog sitter’s home or your own.
We know that leaving your dog with a stranger can still be scary, so Rover wanted to share some tips and tricks for finding the perfect dog sitter for both you and your dog.
How to Find the Perfect Dog Sitter for You and Your Pup on Rover.com
Almost all dog owners will tell you that their four-legged companions are more than just a dog, they’re family too! That’s why finding the perfect dog sitter is so important. During the holidays many people are traveling and most dog owners dread having to think about what to do with their dog while they’re away. We found in a survey of over 1,000 pet parents that 80% of dog owners worry about the care of their dogs when they’re away and 66% are unhappy with their current boarding solution.
The holidays are already stressful so we wanted to help you combat these worries of leaving you dog and show you – the 70% of owners who would travel more if they had a trusted dog sitter – how to find the perfect Rover dog sitter. Below are some tips that make finding a dog sitter super easy. Who knows? This person could become your go-to for all future dog sitting!
- First you should create a free Rover profile. Next, ask yourself what your dog sitter “criteria” is. Dog owners need dog sitters who are as reliable and loving as family – especially during the holidays! It’s important to outline the qualities your ideal dog sitter should have so that they can offer your dog the personal touch your pooch is accustomed to every day. It is equally important to accurately represent your dog’s personality and be specific about his or her needs. Some questions to get you started are:
- Do you want a dog sitter that stays at your house or watches your pup at their own home?
- Is breed or size specific experience important (i.e. someone who is good with large dogs vs. small dogs)?
- Does your dog need a lot of regular exercise and activity throughout the day (like long runs)?
- Do you want a sitter who is going to be home all day with your dog or can take them to work?
- Is having a dog sitter who knows how to administer medication needed?
- Does your dog get along with other dogs?
- Research Rover dog sitters in your area via your zip code. By typing in your zip code and using your outlined criteria you will be able to narrow your choices quickly and easily. Rover has a variety of sitters on the site, like dog sitters ranging from professionals who will come to your home, large families with other dogs, or doting elderly folks who will love your pup like their grandchildren. Additionally, you can narrow it down by price and location. You can read over sitter profiles that have basic information, certifications, and client reviews – so finding a dog sitter is really just a click away!
- Set up a meet-and-greet with the dog sitters of your choice. We suggest selecting at least three dog sitters to meet in person, just so you can find the perfect one and also because sitters get busier during the holidays. Find a day that works for you and determine where you want to meet each potential dog sitter. Maybe this is at your place, at theirs, or is a casual walk in the local park – do whatever you feel is most comfortable and works with your schedule! Meeting in person will give you a good feel on how the dog sitter will interact with your dog while you’re away. Through your Rover profile, you can easily manage this process by sending messages directly from the site.
- Look ahead at your calendar and book your sitter. Take a look through your calendar and map out the dates that you are going to be traveling and can’t take your dog with you. You can even map out times that you’ll be gone long for holiday parties and just need someone during the day. Now you’re ready to book with your favorite dog sitter! It’s always best to plan in advance so you’re sure your sitter will be available, or to have a back-up.
We hope these tips help you in finding the perfect dog sitter. If you’re booking last minute and want help, Rover’s concierge team is only a phone call away and can help you find a great sitter who is available in your area.