The following provides answers to frequently asked questions about cat sitting, dog walking, dog sitting and pet care for Indianapolis, Carmel and Zionsville area pet owners.
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Tell me about professional certification and organizational memberships!
Certification acknowledges that a pet sitter is a serious professional who has obtained a high level of expertise through personal study.
Although all sitters within a company may not be certified, it is imperative that the Owner/Operator of a pet sitting firm be committed to continuing education, and be able to impart knowledge received from certifications, from training and from hands-on skills.
Be sure the pet sitting company you choose to care for your most valued possessions – your pets and your home – maintains current certifications for active management!
Maintaining membership in professional trade organizations such as NAPPS and PSI insures that the owner is aware of industry trends and advancements in pet care, handling and nutrition, pet first aid, business management skills, as well as labor rules, insurance and bonding capabilities
Opportunities to attend annual conferences, and to participate in NAPPS and PSI networking and volunteering are other important aspects of membership.
Contact the trade organizations to verify active memberships:
Why hire a professional pet sitter?
There are many benefits to hiring a professional pet sitter and dog walker:
(1)Your pet remains at home in a familiar and safe environment (no exposure to illnesses or parasites) and receives personal attention from a person who is following your instructions and keeping close to your pet’s regular routine.
(2) You don’t have to impose on friends, family or neighbors to work your pet into their schedule. We work for you, so your pet’s schedule becomes our schedule. It is our job to take care of your home and pet(s). And we take great pride in our work.
(3) A long day for you means a long day for your dog. Daily walks are a great way to give your pet exercise, a potty break, fresh air and sunshine, and relieve boredom. Great for new puppies and training.
(4) All staff are insured, bonded, have pet first aid training and must pass a background check. We are pet owners too, so we will value your “babies” like we value our own.
(5) When we walk your dog, we won’t be talking on a cell phone, or listening to music. All our attention is on your dog, and the surroundings. Safety and a good workout is our goal each time we take your dog out.
Will I always have the same sitter or walker?
DOG WALKERS: There will always be two people assigned to every dog walk: the primary walker and the backup walker. I schedule the backup walker a few times a month so your dog will remember them and they will remember your dog. If neither the primary nor the backup walker is available, I myself will come. WE WILL BE THERE!
PET SITTERS: Pet sitting is a very personal obligation and I am the primary care giver. I do have a back up person from my staff for each job. I also share some jobs with my staff, especially homes with multiple pets or for sits lasting 10 days or more. For example I will do two visits and my staff person will do one visit on a daily basis. Again, this is to make sure the dogs (or cats) are comfortable with the backup person and that we both know your pet’s routine. This also insures that during busy times, or last minute requests, I don’t have to tell you no because I myself am not available.