- A professional is dedicated to and focused on taking care of your babies. It is their job--not an imposition or a hobby.
- Most professional pet sitters belong to a professional organization, where they have access to the most up-to-date information regarding in-home pet care, as well as access to the knowledge and experience of other pet sitters from around the nation. (If your pet sitter doesn't have experience with a particular issue, someone on the pet sitting forums will!)
- Professional pet sitters will be bonded (or have theft insurance) and have liability insurance. Serious pet sitters consider this a must! This sets them apart as someone who is reliable and cares about your home, property and pets.
- Most professionals will have some training in pet first aid and cpr and carry a first aid kit in their car. If the unthinkable happens, they will have basic supplies and knowledge of what to do until they can get your baby to a vet.
- Many professionals will provide security for your home by including basic house sitting duties such as mail, paper retrieval, taking out and bringing in your trash receptacle on trash day, alternating lights and blinds, etc.
- Lastly, professionals are in it for the long haul. It is not a summer job, or something to do until something "better" comes along. They have a passion and love for pets so they decided to make it into a career!
When you have to be away and need in-home pet care, consider your choices carefully and hire a professional!