The programme highlighted that since 2013, 5,000 dogs have been reported stolen in England and Wales, however, dog theft campaigner, Debbie Matthews suggested the figure could be much higher.
These long sits are usually when a property is going through probate, renovations, construction work and/or changes of ownership, just like in John’s situation, they want to make sure the property stays safe and secure, and squatters don't move in.
Press Release - Homesitters give people peace of mind their home is secure and pets well looked after when they jet off on holiday
It’s crucial that people are careful who they invite into their home and always use a reputable company to find a home and pet sitter.
Homesitters Limited is featured on Katzenworld, in a story titled "Caring for cats on medication."
Keeping busy in retirement can also be key to keeping happy and healthy. According to Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, working longer could improve the health of people in their 50s, 60s and 70s.
I am not doing home sitting for financial gain – it’s more of a pastime and it pays quite modestly, but there are some good benefits.
Our homesitters are prepared for all eventualities and no homesit is ever the same. Some though are more unusual than others and can involve looking after unfamiliar animals or doing something unexpected – such as working at a hedgehog sanctuary!
Being left alone can have a negative effect on dogs. 40% of the survey respondents admitted their pet has shown signs of distress including barking, whimpering and destroying furniture when they have been left on their own.
I love the variety the role offers. I have stayed in lots of different types of homes including farmhouses in the Surrey and Sussex countryside, multi-million pound homes in London, as well as average semi-detached homes.
All puppies need some basic training and attending puppy training classes is something owners should consider. It helps their dog socialise, learn commands like come, sit and stay, and for them, it’s a chance to meet other local dog owners.