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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.
  • 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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    Ladies and Tramps Dog Day Camp
    1 review: *****
    1036 Stonecrest Cir, Osage Beach, MO 65065
    (573) 302-4333 Write review for this local business

    "I never knew such a place as this existed, until I had to take an emergecy trip out of town. I knew I couldn't take my dog, but I wanted her to be well exercised and get lots of special attention. The vets just let them out a couple times a day to go to the bathroom, but here she hardly spent any time in her room. She was so tired when I picked her up, because she got to play and make lots of n ..."
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    3105 West Worley, Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 268-6747  
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    380 Midwest Kennel Dr, Sunrise Beach, MO 65079
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    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.