What to look for in an overnight Pet Sitter

Your pets are our family. If you live in Hudson County, have a furry family member, and are going to be away, your pet deserves the best overnight care. Here are some tips on what to look for in an overnight pet sitter.  While not all pet-sitting services are alike, you will want to find what fits for you and your dog. This means working with their schedule, behavior, and needs so your pooch gets the best care possible. Let’s look at some factors that are important to consider when looking into overnight pet care.

1. Great References & Reviews

When doing your research, you want to read their reviews online or even find some references to validate their professionalism. References are a perfect way to get to know a pet sitter and how they conduct themselves with all breeds. If you can read reviews or testimonials left by previous clients, it will give you some insight into how they provide services and care for your pet. Most pet sitters or pet-care companies should have references available upon request. These references will deliver insight into how your prospective pet sitter has worked with clients in the past and what you can expect from them when they come to care for your pet.

2. Level of Service

Not all businesses come with top-tier service, so you don’t want to get stuck with one that has low-quality service. If there are any negative reviews or testimonials, be sure to eliminate that pet-sitting company or professional from your list. Stick with well-vetted professionals and pet-sitting companies, ones that are well-known within your community or town.

A pet sitter should have some level of animal training, meaning they are well-equipped to handle even the toughest of pets and situations. Why is this important? You don’t want just anyone taking care of your pet. You want qualified professionals with some years of experience under their belt. Companies that have qualified professionals will be able to provide higher quality services.


3. Backup/Emergency Plan

When it comes to anything in life, there are always moments where things go wrong or communication can be misinterpreted. For this, you need an alternative plan that still covers everything you originally needed. If the pet sitter who was originally set to look after your pooch has an emergency, another professional will need to take their place—and an organized company should have other professionals on call for the job.

If your pet is in need of emergency care or medical attention, a pet sitter should have ties to an animal clinic or veterinary service where your pet can be properly cared for. If you have a specific vet or emergency center in mind, just in case something were to occur, leave that information with the sitter.


4. Do An Overnight Trial

For pets that are skittish or have a skeptical disposition, having someone unknown entering the home can be a bit frightening. In order to get your pet better acquainted with the sitter, ask for an overnight trial to see how your pet will react to the sitter. Not only is this important for your pet, but it’s a test of your trust in the professional coming to care for your pet. If you don’t like how things are done or how your pet was treated, you can then find a different sitter.

Overnight trials are a great test-run for when you actually need someone to come in and care for your pet. You want to be able to trust that your pet is getting the best possible care and attention in your absence.


Do Your Research

Pet’s are much more than animals. They are family members that deserve to be treated with the best care and should only be exposed to friendly and caring people held in the highest regard. Do your research and find trusted professionals in your area.

We hope we have been helpful.  If you live in Hudson County and are in need of an overnight pet sitter, please feel free to contact us through our online form or email us at bark@trustytail.com. We’d love to help out.

Trusty Tails Pet Care offers various guides and resources for raising pets. If it is your first time hiring a pet sitter, adopting a puppy, or you have other questions about dog walkers, check out our online resources!

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