How we choose our dog sitters
We have an extensive network of mature, caring employees who are meticulously vetted and personally interviewed. They are selected not only for their integrity and reliability but also for their domestic and pet care skills.
Dog sitters, particularly, need aptitude, skill and a genuine warmth. Ultimately, looking after somebody’s dog is not an occupation for the inexperienced.
Most of our employees choose to become homesitters because they have been dog owners and welcome another opportunity to care for animals. We specifically solicit applications from people who have proven dog skills.
At interview, we explore our homesitters’ dog ownership in depth: how recently they owned dogs and for how long; the breeds; the exercise they were used to giving; any experience of administering medication (including injections); any special skills (some of our homesitters have bred, shown, judged or professionally handled dogs).
Our interviewers then assess the homesitters’ capabilities and suitability as dog sitters. Attitude to dogs is the key criterion – we need dog lovers; homesitters who are appropriate to stand in as surrogate owners in our clients’ absence.
Matching you and your dog to the right dog carer
When you book with us, our administrator(s) will take details of your dog’s breed, age, temperament, state of health, any medication, sleeping arrangements, diet, exercise and grooming routine.
She/he will discuss your preferences in a dog sitter e.g. male/female/couple, with own car, happy to have dogs upstairs or on the bed. All homesitters are non-smokers, without accompanying pets.
We then individually match you to the nearest of our employees whose abilities, experience and attitudes most aptly suit your requirements.
We contact you with details of the dog sitter and put you in touch with him/her. Usually there will be an opportunity for a preliminary meeting long before the assignment, and you will see how your dog reacts to the homesitter.
Phone 01296 630 730 to request more details on our pet sitting service.