Benefits of a Pet Sitter to your Pets
· Unlike humans, pets prefer to have their life the same each day. They like to do things habitually. Hiring a pet sitter means allowing your pet to stay in your home. The sight, smell and sounds will be all familiar to your special pal unlike in boarding facilities.
· When at the pet sitter's home, your pet's diet and routine will continue which is very important. There are animals placed in boarding facilities that get too stressed that they do not have the appetite to eat. There are also facilities that do not regularly give the needed exercise.
· The possibility of your pet getting exposed to stressful situations and diseases will be minimized when a sitter takes care of him. The chances of your special buddy acquiring germs and disease are higher if he is in boarding facility with other animals not familiar to him.
· The hassles of traveling from your home to the kennel will be eliminated. There are times that constant travelling can be very stressful to your pet.
· Professional pet sitters can provide animals with the utmost care that you can rely on. Attention, love, mental stimulation, playtime and occasional treats are given to your pet, regardless of his breed. There are boarding facilities which do not accept certain breeds of animals.
Choosing a Pet Sitter
Choosing the right pet sitting expert can be a tough job. You need to look for someone who knows everything about petting such as the diet and grooming of the animals, and most of all, how can he get the animal to warm up to him.
Entrusting your cute puppy or kitty to someone you know you can rely on while you are gone can give you a feeling of security that your pet is in good hands.
· First, find out if the person has the qualifications needed for a pet sitter. Ask for some references and make some follow ups. References are the best way to obtain some ideas on the reliability of the pet sitter.
· There are several ways where you can effectively find a reliable pet sitting expert. You can begin your search online where numerous websites offer for pet sitting services.
· Your veterinarian is also the best resource person to ask. He might be acquainted with someone in your area who knows a lot about pet sitting.
· Do not decide on the first sitter you come across with. It is best to have several options. You can arrange interview to every one of them. Find out how your pet and the sitter react with each other. An experienced one can easily get the animal's trust.
· Apart from your interview, observe the pet sitter if he asks several questions about your pet. A reliable sitter makes sure that he knows everything about your pet especially the diet and medical conditions so that he would know how to react if the situation calls for it. The one who doesn't ask questions isn't actually concern with your pet's well-being.
Taming a Shy and Scared Pet
Older pets like cats and dogs tend to be scared and aloof of their new people around them. They usually hide and looked terrified every time you approach. It is not actually unusual for animals to be scared of other people and new environment especially when they were not properly socialized when they were still very young. If you are a pet sitter, patience is really something you need to put into the pet.
· A reliable pet sitter knows how to make a shy and scared animal trust him. Learn the "language" of the pet so it would be easier for you to gain his trust.
· Never look at the animal's eye directly when he is not yet accustomed to your presence. It sometimes sends an aggressive message to the animal that might start a fight.
· From time to time, sit near the pet to let him know that you are of the same level; that you are not a threat.
· Talk to your special pal in the nicest way possible. Once the animal gets accustom to your company, start petting him, initially for few seconds, and longer on the following days.
Owners of older animals usually place their pets in boarding facilities or kennel. In some ways, it could be an advantage to the older pets since they are able to see other animals. The can also be fed and groomed properly. Owners of pet centers are aware of the needs of older pets unlike new and younger pets; they can be easily tamed since they are already accustomed to different people and animals.