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Get the Most Out of Your Pet Sitter
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Once you've decided to hire a pet sitter, you'll want to maximize the experience for you and your pet.

The following list some simple guidelines that will ensure that that your get the most out of the relationship:

  • Provide background on your pet's history and habits
  • Plan ahead
  • Communication is essential
  • Prepare your home before you go away
  • Have an Emergency Plan
Remember, your pet sitter wants to do a great job for you and your pets. They are an advocate on your pet care team, along with your vet and groomer.

Determine if Your Sitter Provides Other Services

Some sitters will provide other services while checking on your pet.  Ask your sitter if she/he is willing to:
  • Turn on the lights in the evening and off in the morning.
  • Open and close curtains or blinds.
  • Pick up the newspapers and mail (if so, let him/her know where to put them).
  • Water the plants (if so, indicate where the plants are located, as well as how often and how much to water them).
NAPPS encourages pet parents to check references on pet sitters prior to hiring. We also recommend reviewing the Pet Parents section of our website, for important tools, such as the Hiring a Pet Sitter, before interviewing or securing a pet sitter. You also may want to request a recent background check as well as proof of insurance and bonding during the interview.

The NAPPS certified logo signifies NAPPS member companies that have successfully completed the NAPPS certification examination.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) is an educational organization and does not inspect nor police member businesses. Our Pet Sitter Locator Service information is provided simply as a courtesy and we assume no liability in making this contact information available to the general public. Users of this referral tool explicitly agree to hold NAPPS harmless from complaints, damages or actual loss incurred as a result of information or referrals obtained here. Pet parents seeking a professional pet sitter or other pet care provider bear sole responsibility for interviewing and verifying all of the credentials or any business representative whether they are located on the NAPPS website or elsewhere.

The Association does not endorse or indemnify any individual member or their business. Should a pet sitting client have any problems, disputes or questions regarding
an Association Member, these should be taken up with the Association Member directly.

The Association does not become involved in Association Member/client relationships or conflicts under any circumstances.

If you have come in contact with a pet sitter who claims to be a current member of the organization or displays a NAPPS logo but isn’t on the locator, please contact our staff to confirm membership.

© 2015_NAPPS. The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) membership list is strictly confidential and for the use of pet owners in search of a professional pet sitter or for members to locate other members. Solicitation of NAPPS members for any reason is strictly forbidden, except as approved by the Board of Directors. Failure to comply will result in loss of membership and violators are subject to prosecution under copyright law statutes.