3 Things a Pet Sitter Should Establish with the Owner before the Job
There’s some ground you should always cover with a pet owner before taking the job. Let’s have a look at 3 things you need to clarify beforehand.
What number do you contact if there’s a medical or non-medical emergency? You should always have a number to reach in case of extreme situations. Ask for a friend or family member’s phone number too, so if the owner isn’t readily available you can still call up someone responsible. Additionally, you should also have the contact information of the family vet in case of a medical issue. Make sure to enter this information in your phone so it remains safe.
Determine your pay
When you’re pet sitting professionally or on a freelancing basis, it’s important that you determine the exact amount before the job starts. This way, you’re less likely to be surprised by an amount the owner deems reasonable but not you (or vice versa). Conduct some research to see what rates are reasonable around your area. You can usually find this information online. It’s average for pet sitters to make $16 per hour nationwide. The rates will also depend on your own level of experience, as well as the total number of pets you’re expected to provide care for.
You should also be aware beforehand of whether you’re being paid on a daily or weekly basis. Weekly wages average around $600 per week, and you may additionally receive more money if you’re expected to provide more services, like house maintenance or cleaning. Remember to be polite if there’s a negotiation phase!
Try to meet the pet before the day of the sitting
It’s a good idea to try to organize a practice visit, so the pet becomes familiar with you before the job actually starts. This will also help you familiarize yourself with the location of the food, water, toys and treats. Plus, this provides owners with the reassurance that the pet has a degree of comfort with you. After all, sometimes a pet simply may not take to a person, especially if they’re a rescue pet. These animals might have developed negative associations with certain humans, and if you’re one of these, it might lead to a bad reaction. If the pet is uncomfortable, timid or aggressive due to your presence, they might have to use a different pet sitter.