Our pets mean so much to us and are a part of our families. Whether you’re going on vacation or working long hours, you want to make sure your pets are taken care of while you’re gone. There are basically three options: Take them to a boarding facility, have a neighbor or friend take care of them, or hire a professional pet sitting company. Friends or neighbors might be a good option, but what if they can’t help this time or you feel guilty asking them all the time? If you’re having any of these challenges, choosing an in-home pet sitter is the best option for pet parents.
Do Your Research
Maybe you have never hired a pet sitting company and you are unsure of what to look for or what to ask. When looking for a dog sitter, you can check local listings in your area and reach out to friends and family for recommendations. Finding the right pet sitter can be difficult, which is why these questions are key to finding the right pet sitting professional:
1. How long have you been in business?
Calling All Dogs has been in business since 2004. Many of our customers and dog walkers have been with us for years. Recently, CAD has modernized their methods of communication with mobile software, while still providing the good old fashion notes to customers. With time and experience comes many happy customers, extended service times, various pricing options, a wider location range, and a dedicated team always ready to take care of your pet!
2. Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
This is an important question to ask any pet sitter coming into your home. Since pet sitting is not a heavily regulated field, individuals might take advantage or create false histories. Most one-person pet sitting businesses might not be licensed and insured. If you place your trust in a company, you need to know that all the sitters are bonded and insured.
Employing responsible and dedicated walkers is something Calling All Dogs takes very serious. We also run extensive background checks and check character references.
3. What is your backup plan? How many sitters work with you?
Hiring an individual pet sitter will likely mean they are the only person who will be available to care for your pet. Accidents happen. What if your sitter gets a flat tie, falls ill, or they simply forget? You don't want to be left without a good backup plan.
At Calling All Dogs, there will always be two or more people ready to step in if your primary walker has an accident or cannot make their appointment. Knowing that a pet sitting company has a secure backup plan is a valuable benefit to hiring a company instead of an using an individual. Our Team of dedicated sitters are enthusiastically prepared to care for your pet
4. Can you provide references?
Prior to hiring a pet sitter, you’ll want to address if they have any references from previous jobs and employers. Having good references is a strong leg up for a pet-sitting candidate because it shows dedication to their job. Pet sitters with a solid and positive work history are more likely to provide the better individualized care and attention that your pet needs.
5. Do you have any reviews or testimonials?
It’s always a good idea to check out reviews and testimonials for any potential dog walking service you are using. Reviews are always a good way to see how a company treats its customers and investigate the quality of their pet sitters. It might be hard to find this information on an individual pet sitter and even harder on someone referenced to you by a family member.
Calling All Dogs is an established dog walking and pet sitting company, so please check out our reviews on Google and Facebook
6. What are your hours of operation?
You might feel uncertain about when you can contact an individual pet sitter and some aren't even open for service on weekends. With an established pet sitting company, the Hours of Operation are clearly listed on their website.
At Calling All Dogs, you can reach the office seven days a week from 8:30am-7pm. During that time calls are returned, appointments can be booked, and all questions can be answered. Dog walking and pet sitting service times from 7am-10pm seven days a week.
7. What types of pet sitting services do you provide?
Just like everything in life, your needs change when it comes to pet sitting or dog walking. What if an unexpected emergency comes up and you need to leave town? You might need someone to spend the night at your home or have your dog stay overnight somewhere else. Some companies don’t provide full service pet care, such as weekend visits or overnight care options.
Calling All Dogs offers several options seven days a week: In home Pet Care, Doggy Sleepovers, and Overnights. We also have a few former Vet Techs on staff in case your fur baby has special medical needs.
8. Are there any extra fees or charges?
No one likes surprise fees. Some dog walking companies charge extra for weekend or late-night visits. A few pet sitting companies even charge you for a 2nd pet to care for or drive time should you live too far away.
At CAD, all additional fees and charges are straight forward and listed ahead of time. We provide service 7 days a week up, until 10pm, with no extra charge for nighttime pet sitting or dog walking. There is a Holiday surcharge($5 each visit) and we charge $5 extra if you have 3 or more dogs. Otherwise, what you see is what you get. And, with the referral program, you can even earn free visits! Every new customer you refer, you receive a $20 credit to your account!
9. How do you know if your sitter actually goes to your home and completes the visit?
When you hire an individual to watch your dog you will have to trust that they go to the appointment and properly care for your pet. We have heard horror stories of it the actually even go to your home and take your dog out for a walk. You might get a note or a text if you're lucky.
When you choose Calling All Dogs, we are a pet sitting company that utilizes professional pet sitting software with a mobile app. You will have hard evidence that your dog walker fulfilled their visit promise. After each completed pet visit, you will receive an email with a GPS time-stamped journal, complete with pictures and a thorough note of how your fur baby is doing.
We have management on the clock seven days a week to hold our team accountable. They will ensure all visits are completed in a timely manner and handle any problems that may arise before or during your pet visit.
Pet Care companies have grown exponentially over the years and more are popping up all the time. You can find almost any service you need, but when researching what’s best for your pet, don’t pick the first company you find. They all offer different services and experiences. We hope these questions will be helpful in finding the company that works best for your pet and their needs.
Calling All Dogs is a premier dog walking and pet sitting that proudly serves all areas of St Pete and surrounding areas that include: DTSP, St Pete Beach, Tierra Verde, Treasure Island, Gulfport, Seminole, Pinellas Park, and Feather Sound, Largo, Clearwater, Safety Harbor, and The Beaches (Madeira, Redington, Indian Rocks, Indian Shores, and Clearwater).
If you have any other questions or want to learn more about our dog walking or pet sitting services, contact us today!