What to Ask to Trust a Pet Sitter

What to Ask to Trust a Pet Sitter

Jordan Walker has always been passionate for animals. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise about the animal kingdom through pet-related blogs. Currently, he leads the content team of Coops and Cages. And now, Jordan will be sharing us some tips on things we should ask to a pet sitter before hiring them.

Employing a pet sitter can be a very scary experience because you will have to trust a stranger to look after your pets while you are gone. Just like the selection process an employer does when finding an employee, a pet owner must also be very keen to details so as to choose the best candidate for the job.

If you are a pet owner looking for a pet sitter, these questions might be of great help before you make the hire:

  1. Do you have a business card?
  2. If you’re about to talk with a professional pet sitter, then you can expect them to have a business card with them anywhere they go. This should contain all contact information you might possibly need, especially when you need to check on your pets while you are away to ensure the safety of your furry friends.

  3. Do you listen to instructions?

  4. While some professional pet sitters require the owners to complete a questionnaire before arriving, others will just take note of specific instructions. If this is the case, then make sure they jot down any essential information given to them, including the animal’s habits, needs, and grooming.

  5. How do you interact with pets upon introduction?
  6. Most of the time, professional pet sitters interact with pets and greet them upon meeting. If this isn’t the case, then it is best that you look for other information about them.

    Sometimes, if your pet is too bashful, the tendency is that he will tend to shy away and just sit at the corner and observe the actions of the sitter. When this happens, a professional pet sitter must have a better plan on how to get your pet’s trust.

  7. Do you have other emergency contacts?

  8. In times of emergency such as a dog getting a cold, the pet sitters must always have contact information of the veterinarian. But in the event that the pet’s vet isn’t available, the sitter should have a local contact.

    If at the end of the day, you have hired the right pet sitter, by the time you get back, your pet should be very happy to see you. This is because when they receive the right amount of food and care, they would also return the favor. Hence, a good pet sitter should bring out the best of your pet, even if you are away from home.

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Author: Jordan Walker:
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can reach him via Google+ or Twitter

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DOTT: The Smart Dog Tag

DOTT The Smart Dog Tag

DOTT: The Smart Dog Tag was created by a group of pet lovers to provide an affordable and active solution to help you locate your pets if they ever get lost. It uses Bluetooth® Smart technology paired with the DOTT mobile app to provide a community of people who can help you find your lost pets.

We think this is a fabulous idea, and are happy to help spread the word about the Kickstarter project. To learn more and to become a backer, click here. It’s more than just a tracker, you can also set a virtual leash for your dog, and you can help other dog owners locate their lost pets too. DOTT is a community of dog lovers, as well as a neat piece of technology for your pet!

You can also connect with DOTT on their social media channels:
DOTT Facebook
DOTT Twitter
DOTT Instagram

Be sure to check out the DOTT Kickstarter project to learn more about the product, and to see what great rewards are being offered to backers.

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Top 5 Tips to Address Separation Anxiety in Pets during Back-to-School Season By Purina veterinarian Dr. Kurt Venator

This post is sponsored by Purina. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Purina Back to School program, but 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.

Back to school can be an exciting and stressful time both for people and pets. You might notice your pet feeling anxious as the routine in the household changes. As always, check with your veterinarian whenever you notice changes in your pet’s behavior to rule out any physical issues. If you find your pet is feeling anxious, the following five tips can help.

Back to school tips for pets

Top 5 Tips to Address Separation Anxiety in Pets during Back-to-School Season By Dr. Kurt Venator

Now that the kids are heading back to school, pets may start to feel lonely or experience separation anxiety. Below, are five tips that pet owners can do to help address separation anxiety in their pets:

  • Get your pet into a routine. Pets love routine because it makes them feel secure. During the summer, kids are always around to make things entertaining and exciting for their pets. When they suddenly disappear, some cats and dogs will feel sad and confused while others may experience real separation anxiety. Thus, it’s important that pet owners help get their pet acclimated to the change by replacing the old schedule with a new one, such as allocating time to play with them after work or keeping a consistent schedule when coming and going from the house.
  • Burn off some energy. Some pets deal with separation anxiety by becoming destructive (e.g. howling, chewing on objects or other parts of the house). A great way to keep your dog from doing this is by taking them on a walk in the morning before you leave the house to help burn off some of that extra energy. For cats, consider playing with them at night as well – whether it’s making them chase a feather wand or play with a ball.
  • Create an interactive environment: Back-to-school season is a great time to buy your pet a new, interactive toy to play with. This will help mentally stimulate them and keep them occupied during the day when the kids are away at school. For dogs, chew toys are a way for them to relieve their anxiety, frustration and boredom. For cats, creating a play area where they can be entertained even when you’re not home, can help ease the separation anxiety. This can include having things like scratching posts or cat furniture in your home.
  • Turn up the tunes and start with baby steps. Try leaving some soothing music on at your home while everyone is out of the house. The music will help drown out distracting noises that your dog may mistakenly associate with the kids coming home. Some animal shelters have even found that playing calming music helps the pets in their facilities relax. Additionally, get your pets comfortable with noises that may indicate your departure. For example, jingle your car keys occasionally and practice opening and closing the door to get them accustomed to noises that could increase anxiety.
  • Spend time with your pet. It’s important to remember that while you may have had a long day, your pet may have been sitting at home feeling lonely waiting for you to come home. Spending some quality time with your pet at the end of the day is critical to helping keep them active and mentally sharp. It may be tough to fit into a busy work schedule, but be sure to build some interactive time – whether it’s a walk or cuddle session – to show your pets you care.

For more information, please visit www.petcentric.com.

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Born Free USA’s “Pets Go Wild for Wildlife” Photo Contest

Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced its “Pets Go Wild for Wildlife” photo contest, seeking photos of furry family members acting “wild”: running like a cheetah, swimming like an orca, leaping like a gazelle, pouncing like a fox… or just going “wild” in general.


According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “We work to keep wildlife in the wild – but all of us at Born Free also love our dogs and cats and know that our supporters and the public do too. We thought this would be a fun, creative way to celebrate all animals and share their antics with terrific photos.  Also, by noticing and capturing the moments your dog or cat acts ‘wild,’ we hope you will consider the connection between domestic animals and wild animals. Your cat and the big cats in the jungle. Your dog and the majestic wolf.  They are not all that different, and they all deserve our compassion.”

Entrants can submit as many photos as they would like. The contest is open to dogs and cats only. The three photos with the most votes receive prizes. First place prize is the winner’s choice between an iPad or an Apple Watch. Prizes will also be awarded for the top voted dog, top voted cat, most “promotes” through the contest site, and Born Free USA staff favorite. An entrant can only win for one category.  The fee to enter is $10 per photo entry and $1 per vote to participate in the contest.  Each contribution helps Born Free USA raise needed funds to continue life-saving work for wildlife around the globe.   Contest DEADLINE is September 25, 2015 at 12 Noon ET.

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation”—the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org; www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

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