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Professional Pet Sitter or a Hobby Sitter? Which one to choose?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a professional pet care company and the hobby sitter? The responsibility of caring for another's pets, and their homes is a HUGE one. You must be sure that the person you trust with this duty is honest, reliable, dependable, mature, organized, diligent, and conscientious. This is not an easy task, but you'll be much more likely to start a favorable, long-term partnership with a reputable and dependable individual or company if you ask yourself the following questions.

How committed is your sitter to caring for your pets?

Caring for your pets is a professional's FIRST priority! There isn't anything else that will come in the way of their care. A professional pet sitter will have taken the time to learn how to care for all types of pet personalities and will have a greater chance of keeping your pets relaxed and happy. Would you want to leave the safety and care of your pets and home in the trust of someone who would not make it their highest priority? You can certainly save some money by going that route, but you can't put a price on peace of mind.

Would your sitter know what to do in an emergency?

Professional pet sitters are trained and certified in pet first aid and CPR. They would be more likely to spot any changes in your pet's behavior and will notify you immediately. A professional will know which vet you use AND will know which emergency vets are in the area. They will also transport your pet to the vet if needed.

Would your sitter know what to do if an off-leash dog approached them while walking your dog? What if that off-leash dog is aggressive? Professionals know tips and tricks to help diffuse the situation. There's nothing scarier than having an unknown dog run up to you while walking. Make sure the person you have walking your dog knows what to do.

How does your sitter ensure the safety of your home?

A professional pet sitter knows that your home's safety is just as important as the safety of your pets. You will rest easy knowing that your house will be securely locked up after each visit. Mail and newspapers will be brought in, lights will be rotated, and trash cans will be brought out/in to give your house a lived-in look.

There are a few other things to consider when hiring a sitter:

* Does your pet sitter have a business license to work in your city/county?

* Is your pet sitter insured to cover accidents that occur while your pet is in their custody and care? Does that insurance include bonding, which protects against theft?

* Does your sitter have a backup in case of a personal emergency?

* Does your sitter have a detailed contract that details the ins and outs of working with them?

*Do you have a guarantee that the person you have coming into your home and caring for your pets doesn't have a criminal background?

* Is your sitter a member of any professional pet sitting organizations like NAPPS?

Weather or Not Dog Walkers offers all of this and more! To find out more about us visit

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