Be Cautious of “Pseudo Pet Sitters”

If you’re a pet owner looking for a pet sitter, it’s like deciding what toilet paper to buy. Okay, seriously, there are so many options on the internet of those who call themselves pet sitters. Retirees, to college students home on break, to your neighborhood teenager.

Who Will Care For My Pets?

I see pet owners asking on Facebook, on Nextdoor, even at a Yoga class if they know of a pet sitter who can watch their pets. There are so many options out there for people who call themselves pet sitters. How do you choose? You want to feel safe and secure about who will be coming into your home to take care of your pets. At 2 Paws Up Inc Pet Sitting and Dog Walking we offer this advice to pet owners: be cautious of the “pseudo pet sitters.”

Pet Sitter Is A Loose Term

Pet owners and news outlets use the term “pet sitter” carelessly, referring to anyone from a family member, to a friend, to a college student, to a retiree, to the neighborhood teenager. Can anyone walk a dog? The answer is yes. However, even for pet owners committed to using professional pet sitters instead of friends and or family, this can be confusing.

Trustworthy Pet Sitter

How do you find someone who is trustworthy? You will want to look for a pet sitter that has not only been trained on the company’s way of doing the “job.” You should also look to see who is educated in animal behavior. Look for pet sitters who know the proper techniques on how to handle a dog if they come across an unleashed dog.  A pet sitter who knows the signs of aggression, and how to best control the situation. A pet sitter who knows the proper way to walk a dog on a leash.

An Independent Contractors Role

Remember a company who hires independent contractors (subcontractor) cannot train or personally educate their pet sitters. They can only instruct them to ask the pet owners on how to care for their pets. The independent contractor’s role is that they have to be held accountable to the company to carry out the job as instructed by the pet owner and the company that has contracted them to perform the job. If a mistake is made or the pet sitter is hurt in your home while caring for your pets, who has to pay?

Influx of Pet-Care Directories

With the influx of pet-care directory sites popping up the last couple of years and news stories touting pet sitting as an easy way to earn extra cash. More and more people are deciding to cash in on the growing need for pet care. Just because you’ve seen a pet sitter on an online directory or even on a nationally publicized site doesn’t ensure they are a legitimate, qualified, pet sitting business.

Take A Closer Look At Who Will Care For Your Pets

It is crucial for pet owners to take a closer look to ensure they are hiring a legitimate, knowledgeable, and trustworthy pet sitter. At 2 Paws Up Inc  Pet Sitting and Dog Walking we take the time to meet with you and your pets. We hire employees giving us the opportunity not only to train but to educate our employees. We perform criminal background checks, carry liability insurance, bonding, and workman’s compensation to ensure the safety of our pet sitters and the safety of our clients and their homes.

If you would like more information about pet care, please email us barbie@2pawsupinc.com or Request A Quote or leave us a message 770-695-3096 Extension 0. We would love to learn more about your pets, and how we can help you.



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