Questions and Answers about Daily Dog Walking Program:
What do you do when you come to my house?
Whatever you need! First thing is to get your dog out for a potty break. Then we're on our way for a walk. I like to get the dog to eliminate first so we can concentrate on a good walk without sniffing distractions. That's not always possible especially with older dogs. I'm easier on them so they can take their time. If there's a puppy involved, I will then feed the pup if they're on a 3x/day feeding schedule. For those dogs who just hang in the backyard, I will play ball with them, or engage them in some dog activity. Then it's back inside for a treat. Before I leave I will leave a note about the fun we had!
What time will you come to my home?
I will arrive at your home as close to the time you select as possible.
How long do you stay?
I offer two different options. For the $18 economical level, I stay up to 20 minutes. For the $20 price level, I stay up to 1/2 hour.
Do you clean up after the dog(s)?
I have a puppy. How can you help?
I've raised 4 of our own puppies in the last 4 years and have helped many people with theirs. I am well-read and trained in puppy development and have learned so much. I'll leave a notebook at your home, similar to a baby book, where I'll record puppy's achievements and suggestions for every aspect of your pups passage to adulthood. I am dedicated to their nutritional needs and will help you with food decisions. I'll tell you what to expect at every month of development and how to get through the stressful times with your puppy. While they can be trying, they are so joyful and you can have the best fun with them. Please note that puppies can only hold their bladders 1 hour for each month of age, plus 1 hour. So a 4 month old should be able to go 5 hours between eliminations. Crate training is the best option during this stage of their life.
How do you get paid?
For weekly dog walking, you can pay me in cash or by check at the end of the week. You can even set up automatic payments through your on-line bank.
Questions and Answers about Pet Sitting for when you travel:
How does it work when I'm away traveling?
For dogs, I generally come 3 times a day: 7:30 a.m., mid-day, and 8:30 p.m. (times approximate) and stay 20 to 30 minutes. For puppies, I suggest more visits per day. For cats, I can come 1 or 2 times a day depending on their feeding schedule. Some cats have automatic feeders, and I can come once every other day, if that is your desire. I will not come every two days as it is an insurance risk. Besides, I like to be able to check up on the kitties regularly.
Do you scoop the little box:
Do you clean vomit, urine, and feces?
Yes. I know there are times when your pet may vomit and I'll clean it. Sometimes, cats and dogs leave gifts elsewhere and I'll clean those. Please note that I will only use a cleaner you provide me for your carpet, otherwise I will only use water.
When do you get paid?
For new clients, I require payment at the start of the visits. For established clients, payment can be made before or after.
How can I get my key back?
There is a $5 drop-off charge to return your key. Many clients give me an extra key to keep for future visits.
More Questions and Answers:
Do you have insurance?
I carry a $1,000,000/3,000,000 liability policy and dishonesty bond with Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.
My pet needs insulin shots, can you administer them?
Yes, I can give your dog or cat the shots they need. I can also pill dogs and cats.
What are your professional affiliations?
I've been a member (5 years) of PSI, Pet Sitters International. I uphold their standards for professional pet sitters. I also belong to a local group of well-established pet sitters where we get together periodically to discuss problems and solutions of our profession. Also, Watch Dawg is an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.
If I have to work late unexpectedly, can I call for a last minute visit?
Can you get to my home even in bad weather?
With our weather becoming extreme in the last few years, I have had much to deal with. Having an all-wheel drive vehicle is necessary. I was caring for a client's dogs and we had a blizzard (remember 12/26/10?). My husband loaded up our snow thrower onto his truck and cleared the driveway so I could get to the dogs.(BTW, this was the second time we've had to clear their driveway in as many years!). I have walked through 2-1/2' of snow to get to a home. Even during hurricanes I've gotten to the client's home--unless it was a cat who could skip a day.
What if you can't make it due to some emergency?
If for some reason, and it would have to be really serious, I could not make it, my husband can. He's now retired and helps me from time to time.