Sometimes you wonder if paying extra is worth it; should you go with the brand name or the store brand, the high end tag or a knock off? And yes, sometimes it is worth it to cut corners, but when it comes to your loved ones you want to make sure they have the best. That’s why if you’re thinking about hiring a dog walker or pet sitter you are going to want to hire a professional and not just a hobbyist.
First and foremost, professional pet sitters are licensed and bonded for your protection. This means that if (God-forbid) something happens to your pet while in their care you can take legal actions against them. As unfortunate as it sounds, it is a needed precaution when leaving your loved ones in the care of someone else. This shows you how serious your professional pet sitter is about your pet’s well-being. A hobbyist is just that…someone who sees your pet as a “hobby.” They may have a deep love for pets and a big heart, but it doesn’t mean that they see your pet as more than something to bring in some extra cash while filling an open afternoon.
A hobbyist will more than likely not have the training that a profession will have. We are trained in First Aid and pet specific CPR. In case of emergency situations a professional will be able to act quickly and get your pet the care they need as soon as possible. We are also trained in spotting sickness. Sometimes when pets fall ill the seriousness of their condition can progress rapidly. As professionals, we know the signs of various illnesses and can ensure your pet gets the attention they need. All Critter Concierge employees are required to become certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid within their first six months of employment.
Professional pet sitters and dog walkers will sign a contract with you for both your protection and theirs. With a hobbyist you often just get a handshake and their word that they will be there day in and day out to take care of your pet. If something else comes up in their schedule, your pet is often put on the back-burner. We make sure your pet is our priority, it is our job to be there and we will be there no matter what.
It’s easy to see why a professional is better than a hobbyist when it comes to your four legged family members. You’re getting more than a well-intended person showing up; you’re getting the value of competent and experienced pet sitter that hold your pets in very high regard.