• Is it an Established, Legitimate Business?

A credible company will be licensed, insured and bonded. This is a low monthly fee for the company, which ensures major peace of mind for the client as well, and in the event that something may happen, everyone is covered. These credentials will also decipher between a legitimate business and someone who picks up jobs on the side and may not have proper coverage with insurance or other employees. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed to be on the safe side.
  • Is it a one person show or is there more than one employee? 

In case your pet care provider becomes ill or has car troubles, it's good to know that they have other people on their team. If it is only one employee, then you may want to find out what they do for back-up should an emergency arise on either end. The care of your pet is in their hands, so reliability and dependability are an absolute requirement! 

  • How do they interact with your pet upon meeting them?

Observe how the care provider communicates and plays with your pet. Again this is the person who is going to be spending time with them and a good mutual rapport is needed for things to go smoothly when you are not there. You know your pet's behavior and personality the best and it won't be hard to determine whether it's a good fit. Also, does the person take the time to get to know important information such as their routine, habits, medications, likes and dislikes, etc. 

  • Is there open communication between you?

Communication is key; whether you are trying to plan a schedule, check the care provider's availability, or need to speak with them about your pet. If there is effective communication from the start, this will help you feel at ease once the person starts caring for your pet. Also, you may want to inquire as to how they will be keeping in touch with you while they are on the job. Reports, notes and messages not only ensure peace of mind, but also prove accountability. 

  • Are references available?

If they are established, they will be able to provide you with references from former or current clients. There is no better way of learning more about the service that you are considering, so don't hesitate to ask for a list of references and talk to their clients about their experiences. 

By following these basic guidelines and keeping 
open communication as you go, your experience 
with your pet's care provider will be a happy and 
long term endeavor for everyone.  
The Five Things to Consider Before 
Hiring a Pet Care Provider
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 Time away from home can be a stressful experience, both for you and your pet. It goes without saying that trust and confidence in the person who is caring for your pet are crucial and key components. Since your pet is a part of your family, it is important to chose a professional with a good reputation, credentials and references. The more informed you are that you are leaving your pet in qualified and caring hands, the more comfortable you will feel. When researching a pet care company or speaking with a pet care provider, you may want to inquire about the following criteria: