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5 Things to Never Do as a Pet Sitter

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A pet sitter is a very fun and rewarding job. You get to take care of pets and spend time with them. However, there are a few things you should never do as a pet sitter. At Pet Care Insurance, we want you to succeed! Today we’ll cover five things you should avoid while pet sitting, so you can continue to be a successful pet sitter.

#1: Leave the Door Open

When coming in and out of the house, make sure you always close the door behind you. If you accidentally leave the door open, the pet you’re watching can escape and it can be very difficult for you to catch it. If you lose the pet you’re watching, you can be in some serious trouble with your client. Play it safe and always make sure that all the doors are closed. Feel free to let the pet run around in the yard if there is a fence or the pet is on a leash, but if not, be sure the pet is inside and watched carefully.

#2: Miss an Appointment

Missing a visit or an appointment can damage your reputation as a professional pet sitter. Not everyone can do your job and be a successful pet sitter, and you’ve worked hard to be a great one. You wouldn’t want to mess it up by missing visits because you will lose credibility with your clients. Be sure to make your appointments and arrive on time. If you won’t be able to make a visit, let your client know well in advance.

#3: Leave a Pet Alone with Fragile Items

If you need to leave the room while you are pet sitting, make sure there are no fragile items within reach of the pet. If they break something while they’re on your watch, you can be held liable to replace those items. If you need to, move an item to a different place or completely remove it from the room. In this case, you’d rather be safe than sorry.

#4: Bring Visitors Inside the Home

It may seem harmless to bring others inside the home where you are pet sitting. Your client has trusted you to enter their home and be in their personal space, so don’t invade their privacy by inviting someone else, or another pet, into their home—unless you have received permission previously.

#5: Not Have Insurance

If you don’t have pet sitter’s insurance, now is the time to get insured. Pet Care Insurance provides insurance for pet sitters and several other pet care professionals. You can purchase a policy for $229 per year and receive the coverage that you need. Some of the risks mentioned above can be covered when you have an insurance policy in place. Do what you love with peace of mind and purchase a policy today. You can fill out an online application in 10 minutes or less and receive instant coverage. If you have any questions about pet sitter insurance, feel free to contact our licensed insurance agents.

Have Fun with Your Job!

There are several risks that you face as a pet sitter. Make sure that you are aware of them, and most importantly, have fun with your job! Make sure you always keep the doors closed, don’t miss your visits, don’t leave pets alone with fragile items around, avoid bringing visitors inside the home, and make sure you have pet sitter insurance. We wish you the best of luck with your pet sitting career!

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