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Like children, pets need to exhaust a vast supply of our love and attention. They are special and must be treated as such; however, there are some challenging times when you have to go out and you cannot take them as it would require jumping through hoops to keep them comfortable. During this time you can search for pet care zones in your area, but it can be tricky to reserve room in time for your flight and the conditions in which some of them house pets can be downright depressing. Another option that may take more work initially but should pay off in the long run is to contract a pet sitter.

Choosing a pet sitter is no easy task. At times you can pass the burden onto your friends and family, but if no one is available in these circles you must resort to posting an ad on the internet or in the daily classifieds. Once this is done you will start getting calls and resumes from all types of potential candidates. From the scores of resumes and phone calls it becomes a harrowing job to zero in on one candidate who can happily engage in dog walking or who can enjoy spending quality time with your pet while you are out of town.

An interview is very important for hiring the apt candidate. Screen the candidates who have reached out by mail or telephone by arranging interviews. It is as important as hiring a nanny or baby sitter, so be sure to ask hard questions, learn a bit about the person’s background, and ask for good references who will be able to provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of the candidate’s personality and sense of responsibility.

Here is a list of sample questions that you should consider asking during an interview for a pet sitter. In addition, you should come up with some of your own questions that may better evaluate the candidate’s fit for your particular pet.

1. Why do wish to become a pet sitter?

This is a very straight forward and honest question to begin with and you can gauge a person’s level of passion for animal care. The interviewee may share his or her experiences watching over various animals. Some may talk about cat care and some about birds. This question should prompt the interviewee to give you a good overview of his or her history regarding animals.

2. What do you know about dog boarding?

This question is designed to find out just how much the candidate knows about the pet care industry. Do not hold it against the person if he or she is not familiar with this term, an average animal lover is not necessarily thorough on current trends, but it would be helpful to know whether or not the person is familiar with the subject at all.

3. Have you received any kind of training on pet sitting?

It is great to interview people who seem dedicated to pet care, but it is important to determine whether or not they have had formal training. At veterinary schools, students are taught pet management and they receive a formal degree in that field. A professional who is prepped to handle any situation, including emergencies, would make an ideal pet sitter.


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