If you’re a responsible pet owner, you’ve likely heard about dog walkers and pet sitters. But if you had to hire one today do you know how to choose them, what to ask and what to look out for?
Whether you are traveling and need a stay-in pet sitter, or just need a dog walker or a friendly face to check on your pet while you’re at work, this article may help you.
Our pets rely on us for their overall health and well-being. Choosing the right pet sitter requires research and discernment to ensure that our furry friends receive optimal care.
We’ve laid out all the facts here so you can learn the differences between a dog walker and pet sitter, what situations they serve best and when you need one. You’ll also find tips on choosing a great pet sitter or dog walker as well as the pertinent information you’ll need to provide them with to make sure your pup is well cared for.
What Is a Dog Walker?
A dog walker is a person you hire to come into your home and take your dog for a walk.
Some dog walkers even offer options to provide on-leash training.
Since the dog walker is entering your home, they also can be asked to fill up your dog’s food or water bowls and give your dog medication.
Their main job, however, is walking your dog and ensuring your pup gets the amount of exercise he needs.
What Is a Pet Sitter?
A pet sitter is different from a dog walker in that they come into your home for individualized play with your dogs. You’re more likely to need a pet sitter when you’re traveling.
They will feed your dog, give him medication, and spend time with him. While staying overnight is generally a separate service, that is something pet sitters are hired to do.
A pet sitter also can come to your home multiple times per day to care for your dog. The service is much more comprehensive.
What About Boarding?
If you are going on vacation, boarding your dog might be the right choice for you. Using a boarding facility is particularly useful for puppies and young dogs, who just aren’t suited to being alone long periods.
Boarding provides food, walks, and a safe space, without enabling them to endanger themselves or your furniture! In some cases, the facilities also offer a doggy daycare service, so your dog also has the chance to play with other pups.
For many dog owners, boarding is the automatic choice for when they go away, as they know that there will be someone on hand to provide care should their pooch need it.
Boarding kennels aren’t suitable for all dogs. If your pooch gets anxious or nervous, boarding puts them in a high-stress situation.