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Questions about Pet Sitters

Don’t know what to do with your dog on your vacation? Pet sitting services are becoming more popular as an alternative to boarding pets in a kennel. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding pet sitting that you may find helpful when searching for a pet sitting service.

  • How is pet sitting different from using a kennel?
    Kenneling requires your pet to be boarded at a strange place, often for long periods of time if you are going to be away on vacation. Pet sitting, on the other hand, allows for the pet to stay in your home and the caretaker to come to your house. You don’t have to be on vacation to use a pet sitting service either, since many provide day care services, such as feeding and walks for dogs who are home alone for much of the day.

  • Is pet sitting better than using a kennel?
    Studies have shown that when pets, such as dogs and cats, are kept in their same environment and routine when the owner is away they are less stressed and more healthy. Furthermore, with senior pets or those with medical conditions, pet sitting often provides great one-on-one care. Some pet sitters will even provide additional services like overnight care, pet taxi and exotic animal care. However, keep in mind that since the caretaker will be coming into your home, the caretaker should be someone trustworthy.

  • Where can I find a good pet sitter?
    As mentioned above, since pet sitting involves the caretaker coming into your home, the caretaker should be someone you can trust. There are several pet sitting associations whose members are required to provide high quality pet care. Also, research any prospective service before allowing them to enter your home.
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    The Metro Mutt
    Our many Pet Sitting Services include nutrition, exercise, and in-home pet care. We are dedicated to promoting the fitness and socialization of your pets. If you're looking for Pet Sitters in Boston, don't hesitate to contact us.
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    National Association of Professional Pet Sitters
    Our pet sitters can feed, clean, exercise and walk your dog while you are away. Our professional pet caregivers also watch cats, birds, snakes and rodents and have professional licenses.
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    STANDARD LISTINGS:   PET-SITTING-SERVICES IN/NEAR BOSTON
    My Pets Nurse
    1 review: *****
    261 Common St, Quincy, MA 02169
    (617) 847-6879 Write review for this local business

    "This woman does not put her dogs on leashes she is careless. A dog she was walking in Squantum, for Marsha Cannon, took a big chunk out of my leg while unleashed ..."
    Linda's Critter Corral
    4 reviews: *****
    73 Bessom St, Lynn, MA 01902
    (781) 599-7387 Write review for this local business

    "Linda answered all the questions i had when dropping my dog off and so i felt very comfortable leaving him there for his groom. He was not stressed at all when i picked him up and looked great with ..."
    Precious Paws Pet Sitting Write review for this local business
    Notre Dame Road, Bedford, MA 01730
    (339) 223-0355  
    Providing loving and responsible care for you beloved animal companions while you're away. We also have in-home boarding available, so you can rest assured your pet is happy and comfortable.
    Roaming Rover Write review for this local business
    34 Park Street, Melrose, MA 02127
    (978) 569-5336  
    Luvable Leashes Write review for this local business
    Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02145
    (781) 368-7034  
    Bostonpetsitting Write review for this local business
    Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA 02134
    (617) 275-6689  
    The Happy Hound Write review for this local business
    Dog Walking Playgroups Pet S, Cambridge, MA 02138
    (781) 698-6893  
    Cambridge Canines Write review for this local business
    5 arlington street, cambridge, MA 02140
    (617) 767-5123  
    City Sniffers Write review for this local business
    N/A, Boston, MA 02130
    (617) 435-2207  
    Sit-A-Pet Write review for this local business
    12 Cozy Street, Watertown, MA 02472
    (617) 776-1177  
    Pawwtopia's Doggie Day Care Write review for this local business
    5 Forest St, Arlington, MA 02476
    (781) 641-7900  
    4 Paws Dogwalking & Petsitting Write review for this local business
    1144 Chestnut St., Newton, MA 02464
    (617) 965-3512  
    GoodFellas Doggy Daycare Write review for this local business
    20 Thresher St, Saugus, MA 01906
    (781) 231-0505  
    Chey Cheys Dog Walking Service Write review for this local business
    228 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906
    (781) 558-5889  
    M&M Petcare Write review for this local business
    31 Asheville Rd, Newton, MA 02462
    (508) 641-8057  
    Paw Stops Write review for this local business
    117 Albion St, Wakefield, MA 01880
    (781) 246-0040  
    Canton Doggie Daycare Write review for this local business
    14 Springdale Ave, Canton, MA 02021
    (781) 821-0500  
    Lucky Dogs Daycare Write review for this local business
    6 Bourbon St, Peabody, MA 01960
    (978) 854-5812  
    It's Raining Pets Write review for this local business
    3 Bridge St, Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 745-2358  
    Cohasset Kennels
    1 review: *****
    235 Cedar St, Cohasset, MA 02025
    (781) 383-6899 Write review for this local business

    "We love Cohasset Kennel and we are super picky because our dogs are our children! ..."

    In this day and age, many women and men work for pet sitting services and animal boarding kennels. This can be a great deal of fun, and it is a wonderful business to get into for those who like working with animals. After all, in this field you will likely deal with all kinds of exotic birds, small dogs and unique cat breeds. As you may know, many hotels, kennels and resorts of pets provide day and overnight services. Therefore, you can expect to assist with puppy walking, cat grooming, dog cleaning and pet pampering regularly. There are a number of pet sitting services and facilities all over the country, which means there are many opportunities in this field to consider.

    You may need some initial training in order to care for, groom and train pets properly. Just so you know, you are likely to deal with various feline and canine breeds in this business, which likely means the sizes and temperaments of these animals will vary. Also, when you house and care for other peoples' pets, you will often need to provide them with specific types of feed and toys. You may also have to provide a pickup service for some animals, as well as a taxi drop-off service. Depending on the pet sitting service, dog kennel or day boarding facility you work for, they may have an on site veterinarian to help with animal care and safety.

    If you choose to work in this business, you can certainly expect to deal with a number of pet owners on a regular basis.



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