What IS a Professional Pet Sitter?

What makes a pet sitter a Professional?

Perhaps you have only heard of pet sitting in passing or have seen a commercial referencing pet sitters.  Maybe you have considered looking into getting set up with a pet sitter as you have kenneled your pet(s) for many years and are not sure if they are truly happy in that environment.  You aren’t alone!  And likely you ask yourself; “What exactly IS a professional pet sitter?”

Professional pet sitters operate a Legal Registered Business

This means our business is registered with our county and/or state and we are approved to operate as a business with a registered business name.  Proof of our Woof’n Purr business registration is available at any time by request.

Professional pet sitters carry Insurance and Bonding.

We invest in specific insurance designed for our industry and we carry a bonding policy.  Insurance and bonding not only protects the business, but it also protects the clients.  It also lets our prospective clients know; we take their peace of mind very seriously and make it our priority.  We know it is not an easy decision to hire someone to come into your home and care for your pets and we want to make that decision as comfortable as possible.  We do that through proving our dedication to our business operation and to the safety and security of our clients’ homes, pets and property.  Proof of Woof’n Purr’s insurance and bonding is available at any time by request and it is automatically provided for review to all new clients at our first meeting.

Professional pet sitters have Background Checks done on a regular schedule. 

Due to the nature of our business, we would not have it any other way that our clients and prospective clients know they are receiving service by trustworthy individuals.  Woof’n Purr maintains an account with Sterling Global Background Checks and background checks are run on all team members every other year.  All background check reports are available at any time by request and are automatically provided for review to all new clients at our first meeting.  

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Professional pet sitters have Extensive Experience in pet ownership and activities.  

Passion is the heart of our business!  Professional pet sitters have great passion for pets, their care and well being.  We are lifelong pet owners and often have been involved with rescue, dog sports, groups and activities related to pets and are often members of pet related associations.  Not just business affiliations, but also as individuals.  We (like many of our clients) have mult-pet households and we understand the dynamic between multiple pets as well as the routines that become very important to a smooth running multi-pet household.  We also understand how pets each have their own quirks and likes and dislikes and a great part of our job is getting to know those.  Here at Woof’n Purr, our team has experience in rescue, foster care, public education, conformation show ring, pet therapy work, multiple types of obedience and puppy classes as well as decades of pet ownership of everything from pet rats to horses!  And as individual pet lovers, we also follow pet trainers, pet related groups and pet newsgroups to keep up to date on the pet industry.

Professional pet sitters have Business Affiliations within their industry.

The pet sitting industry has been growing by leaps and bounds and as professionals, it is important we stay current with what is happening within our industry; not just in our little corner of the world, but everywhere.  One way we do that is our business affiliations.  Woof’n Purr is proud to be a member of Pet Sitters International and Professional United Pet Sitters.  

Professional pet sitters are trained, tested and Certified in Pet First Aid.

As professional pet sitters, we do thousands of visits to hundreds of clients each year.  We handle pet care for all types of pets and we help clients keep routines going for pets with health problems while handling all types of medication.  It is imperative we know how to deal with an emergency should one arise.  Part of having emergency training is knowing how to avoid emergencies!  Learning how to recognize potential problems, being prepared to deal with them and knowing what type of care to provide on-scene for transport to the vet can make the difference not only in a pet’s health but also our clients’ pocketbooks!  Woof’n Purr team members are trained, tested and certified under the R.E.A.L. Pet First Aid program in conjunction with RegisteredEmergencyAnimalLifesaver.org.  This training consists of 26 subjects including Adaptive Pet CPR based on the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) Initiative published guidelines derived from a massive veterinary industry study on pet CPR.   Other topics include:  Correctly approaching and restraining an injured pet, bandaging cuts and punctures, splinting, medication administration, handling poison ingestion, how to correctly do a hands-on evaluation of a pet, diabetic pet emergencies and much more.  In order to remain certified through this program, participants must re-train every two years in ensure skills stay up to date.  All certificates are automatically provided for review to all new clients at our first meeting.

Professional pet sitters offer Testimonials.

As professionals, we are very proud of our excellent reputation!  We love what we do and it shows in our work.  We want all prospective clients to have a wide variety of client reviews to read so they can feel all the confidence in the world in hiring us to be their pet care provider!  In addition to testimonials on our website, you can also read what clients have to say about us on Google, Yahoo, Angie’s List and Yelp.  

A great deal of work, focus and investment goes into being a professional pet sitter.  Insurance, bonding, background checks, affiliations, training and certifications are necessary and comprise the structure of our business.  We wouldn’t have it any other way.  We are professionals and we are the BEST at what we do because this is ALL we do! 

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