- Are you bonded and insured?
You will need to make certain that the person you hire to watch your dog is bonded and insured. Since pet sitting is a completely unregulated field, you will only want to hire someone who is insured so you are not held liable if they are injured while in your home or something else happens. If the person you interview is bonded and insured, it is a fair to assume that they are a professional and take the work they do seriously. Always look for proof of both these things so you know for a fact they have the proper credentials to provide you with these services.
- What are your qualifications?
The qualifications of the person you hire for pet sitting services will be very important, so you will have to find out what they are before making a final decision. Look for candidates with lots of experience, especially in training. Ideally you will want to hire someone who has some type of degree or certificate related to animals.
- What services are included in the price?
You will definitely want to know what you are getting for the money you spend, so you will have to make a point of asking each person you interview which services are included in the price you pay. You should also take into consideration what you will need your pet sitter to do. Most likely you will need the person you hire to at least walk and feed your dog while you are gone. You should ask each person you meet with if they also do grooming and whether or not they will play with them. Not all pet sitters offer the same specific services, so you will have to ask this question before making a final decision on someone in particular. In the end you will be glad you got all of this information.