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Professional Pet Sitting Service
Why a Pet Sitter?
1  What does a pet sitter do?

Pet sitters may also provide vital home-care
services while you are away, including mail or
newspaper pick up, plant care and watering,
placing trash outside for pickup or rotating the
lights and opening or closing the blinds to make
your house look lived in. A professional pet sitter
provides peace of mind for everyone.

2  What are the advantages for my pet?
Reduced Stress.  Your pet stays in its own
familiar secure environment where all the sights,
smells and sounds say “Home!”
Diet and Exercise.  Customary diet and exercise
routines are followed, with no interruption to
upset your pet.
No “Travel Trauma.”  Travel in a vehicle to
boarding facility or kennel may upset your pet.
Health Concerns.  With a pet sitter, there is
minimal exposure to illness of other animals.
T  L C.  Most importantly, your pet receives love
and personal attention while you are away.

3  What are the advantages for me?
Travel.  You won’t be inconvenienced or upset
by transporting your pet.
No Imposition.  You don’t have to impose on a
friend, neighbor or relative to care for your pet,
instead rely on a pet care professional who will
put you pet’s needs first.
Security.  Your home is made more secure by the
crime deterrent services provided by most pet-
sitting services.
Peace of Mind.  While you’re away, you can feel
confident your pet is in capable, caring hands.
Special Services.  Pet sitters can provide
additional home services while caring for your
pet, such as watering plants and bringing in the

4  How do I prepare my home and pets for a pet
sitting service?
Preparation can make a big difference in how
smoothly things go for your pet when the pet
sitter comes to visit. Here are some tips:
Make sure the pet sitter has a phone number
where you can be reached.
If inside services are requested, provide the pet
sitter with a house key in addition to garage door
openers.  If you have new keys made, try them
out to make sure they work.
Clean food and water dishes before leaving town.
Provide extra food, litter and other supplies just
in case you’re not able to return when planned.
Clean out the refrigerator to avoid smelly food
spoilage and wash the dishes in the sink to
prevent ants, flies or other pests.
Adjust the thermostat to keep the house
comfortable for the pet during your absence.  In
warm weather, a  closed-up house can get
dangerously hot in a short time.
Leave a list of phone numbers in case the pet
sitter needs to contact service or maintenance
companies while you are away; i.e., plumber,
electrician, cleaning service, yard maintenance,
pool service, etc.
Tell the pet sitter of any household areas that are
off-limits to your pets or to the pet sitter.  Secure
access to those areas before leaving home.

5  What can I do to help my pet sitter take the
best care of my pets?
You can help your pet sitter be a better friend to
your pet by helping to make sure there are no
problems while you are away.  Planning and
preparation in the following areas will smooth
the way:
Tell the pet sitter about all health problems your
pet may have—major or minor.
Provide written verification that your pet is up to
date on its vaccinations.
Make sure your dog’s collar fits—Otherwise he
may slip out of a too-large collar while being
If your dog is not accustomed to walking on a
leash, practice with him before you leave.
Make a list of your pet’s favorite hiding places.  
This will prevent the pet sitter from worrying if
your pet is not where expected—the sitter will
know where to look.
Provide your own preferred method of flea
control, even if your pets are currently flea free.  
Fleas multiply rapidly and can become a problem
very quickly.
If you own both dogs and cats, do not ask the
sitter to “just ignore the cats;” i.e., not charge,
during pet-sitting visits.  A sitter’s
professionalism, ethic responsibility and
conscience would not allow the oversight of a
cat in need of food, medical care or human
If your dog growls or snaps at a pet sitter during
a "get-acquainted visit,” understand that the pet
sitter may ask that you make other arrangements
for your dog’s care during your absence.  

6  Why should I hire a PSI member as my pet
Pet Sitters International was founded in 1994 to
promote, support and recognize excellence in
pet sitting.  When you hire a PSI member, you are
hiring a professional who believes in the quality
service and high standards that PSI promotes.  

With a staff that has a combined 45+ years of
experience in pet-sitting services, PSI has
developed a wide range of pet care, business
and educational resources.  Only PSI members
have access to this wealth of information, the
latest in industry trends, new products and
services that can benefit you as a pet owner.

Our members are pet sitters because they love
pets.  PSI provides educational services,
information and accreditation programs to help
our members to better care for the pets that you
love, too.