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Find the Right Pet Sitter for You and Your Pets

What You Should Know Before Hiring a Pet Sitter


Just as some people are “dog people” and others are “cat” or “bird” people, there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to finding the right pet sitter to meet the specific needs of you and your pet.


The pet-sitting industry has grown in recent years. This has provided pet owners with many options for choosing a professional pet sitter, whether you are looking for cat care, dog sitting, exotic bird care, pet fish care or anything else in the way of in-home pet-care services.


With more pet-sitting options and numerous online pet-sitter directories, you will need to be more prudent in your search for reliable pet care. Practice due diligence to ensure that you are using the services of a true professional pet sitter.

Finding a pet sitter to provide the right pet-care services requires an investment of time—time to do phone interviews, conduct an in-your-home meeting and thoroughly check references on those you’re considering hiring.


Choosing the right pet sitter checklist



Print out this handy Pet Sitter Interview Checklist that will provide you with all the questions you need to ask to ensure you are getting the right pet sitter for your pets.

 What you need to know about pet sitter insurance and bonding




PSI has offered its members a complete pet-sitter insurance and bonding protection program since 1995. All active U.S. and Canadian PSI members are able to purchase comprehensive coverage designed specifically for pet sitters. It is extremely important for you, as a pet-sitting client, to be aware of the primary differences in insurance policies when it comes to protecting your pets and property. Confirming that a pet sitter's insurance policy includes care, custody and control coverage is extremely important.


Learn more about what you should know about pet-sitter insurance and bonding before hiring a professional pet sitter.


Pet sitter background verification   

Professional pet sitters understand your need for peace of mind, especially when trusting someone you do not know with keys to your home and access to your beloved pets for the first time. Many professional pet sitters will offer verification of clean criminal history before you ask.


Here are some points you need to know to have an informed and easy discussion about your pet sitter's background verification.



When you engage the services of a pet sitter who has completed the PSI Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting Program, you are gaining access to someone with the in-depth knowledge and skills necessary for providing superior in-home pet care.


When you see the CPPS logo, you can rest assured your pet sitter has been rigorously tested--and passed all tests--on companion animal care and business practices.


Learn more about what using a graduate of the Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting Program means for you and your pets.


Finding the perfect pet sitter may take time.

Remember, it may take a little time up front to determine the pet-sitting services best suited for your situation. Once you’ve made this match, we hope you’ll agree with the multitudes of other pet owners who say, “My pet sitter is worth her (or his) weight in gold!”