Finding a trustworthy pet sitter to care for your dog while you are away can be difficult, especially with so many people offering home dog boarding. When you Google “Dog Sitters Near Me” you can be flooded by potential dog carers but how do you choose the right one for you? Before you start looking, make sure you know the top things a home boarder needs to effectively look after your dog.

Do they have a home boarding licence?

The most important thing to check is if they are covered by an individual Home Dog Boarding licence or an Arranging licence issued by the local council. It is a legal requirement for pet sitters to be licensed under an arranging licence or to hold an individual dog boarding licence. This includes doggy day cares and pet sitters. Businesses offering dog walking services do not necessarily need a licence unless they board dogs during the day or overnight.

If you are unsure, ask your dog sitter or the company arranging dog boarding to see their licence or ask for their licence number.

Are they insured?

Most businesses are required to have Public Liability Insurance and boarders are not exempt. Insurance for a pet business will provide specialist support if an animal under their care caused an accident, injury or damaged someone’s property. A dog minder is responsible for the safety of your dog while in their care so ensuring they have insurance is another important factor when choosing your dog’s care.

Can you meet your dog sitter before booking?

Meeting your potential dog sitter before your holiday can help ease any worry you may have leaving your beloved pooch with a stranger. It can also help with your dog’s transition to the in-home dog boarder as they will have met them before and recognise the house.

At PetStay, we think it is important to meet your dog carer before booking. We want to give you peace of mind knowing who your dog is with and where they will be staying. It’s a great way to make sure your dog and any resident dog also get on well.

Setting up a meeting before committing to a booking will not only provide assurance to you as a pawrent (doggy parent), but it will let you know if your dog will be happy and safe with this person. When visiting your carer’s home, you should always check the garden is clear of waste or hazards, and is fenced or well-secured.

Other things you can ask your dog minder on this visit are;

  • Will your dog be walked on a lead while outside the house?
  • Will your pet be the only one boarded at the house?

Finally, always trust your gut instinct! If you don’t feel comfortable with the person, or your dog seems stressed in the home then they might not be the right pet sitter for you.

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