A reliable, trustworthy pet sitter will not only be highly valued by clients, but also by their pets. The same can also be said about clients. Are you a considerate pet sitting client?
Pay on Time
A considerate client will not need to be chased for payment. They will automatically pay their pet sitter without having to be reminded at the end of the week or month. Make sure you and your pet sitter know where you both stand when it comes to payment. Does your pet sitter prefer to be paid at the beginning or end of the week? Or would they prefer to be paid on a monthly basis? Whatever method you agree to when you first meet your pet sitter, make sure you stick to it.
It can be stressful, not to mention time consuming, for pet sitters who have to chase habitually late clients. If you are regularly late, do not be surprised if you receive a frosty message requesting prompt payment. Some pet sitters even drop clients who are often late in paying for pet sitting services.
Communicate with Your Pet Sitter
Are you going to be going away next month? Will Fluffy and Fido be in kennels, rather than in your pet sitter’s care? If so, make sure you let your pet sitter know of your plans in advance. It is very rude and inconsiderate to not mention your plans, especially if your pet sitter has to travel quite some distance to visit your pets. It is a waste of their time, fuel and energy.
Do not underestimate the effort and planning that pet sitters go to in order to accommodate your needs and those of your pets. If you do not mention that you will be away, they could have lost money by turning down additional work elsewhere. Remember that if you are a regular client, it is polite and courteous to let your pet sitter know of your plans, including a return date when they can resume their duties.
Be Honest About Your Pet(s)
Some pet owners are reluctant to reveal too much about their pet(s) at the initial meet and greet for fear that pet sitters will be put off and turn the job offer down. However, keeping quiet can backfire. If you fail to inform your new pet sitter of Rover’s tendency to bite or chase other dogs during walks, you could be placing your pet sitter in an incredibly difficult position.
What happens if your dog attacks someone else’s pet or a child? A considerate client will not keep quiet, but will give an honest account of their pet’s tendencies. Then it is up to the pet sitter to decide whether they are willing to take on a challenging pet.
A considerate client will pay on time, communicate well with their pet sitter and will be honest and upfront about their pet(s). Maintaining a good relationship with your pet sitter will benefit all involved, including pets.
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