Hiring a Pet Sitting Business? 5 Things to Ask Before you Hire | Pet Sitting in Celina Texas

Jenny Moody
April 4, 2022

Whether for work or pleasure, you need to know that your pet is in good hands when you travel away from home. That's why it's essential to find the right pet sitter before you leave town. But how do you find pet sitters suitable for your furry friend? When hiring someone to care for your pet, whether you have a dog, a cat, or a few chickens, you need to know a couple of things to ensure your animal bestie is well cared for. With so many services you might need, from boarding to dog walks and beyond, asking the right questions will assist you in finding the right person for you! Here are five questions to ask before hiring a pet sitter:

Do you have experience caring for pets other than your own?

It is easy to care for your pet. But caring for animals that are not your own is a whole different ballgame. Hiring not only a responsible sitter but also someone with rave reviews and experience with other people's pets is vital! Ask the sitter if they have experience working with other people's animals and if they have any references from past clients. This will give you a good idea of whether or not they have the experience necessary to care for your pet.

What we do:

Jenny Moody, owner of Moody's Mutts located in Celina, TX, not only has a love for her own animals and experience with dogs, cats, rabbits, ginny pigs, goats, and chickens, but she also has over three years of experience working with pets in the Light Farms community of Celina TX. We regularly offer dog walking, pet sitting, check-ins, feeding, vet runs, and more for our clients.

Jenny Moody playing with dogs

What kind of animals do you feel comfortable working with?

Ask if they have any experience working with different kinds of animals, as this could mean they have a broader knowledge of how to care for pets. Often pet sitters that you might find on Rover or other pet sitting apps only have experience with dogs and cats. But what happens if you have a turtle, a rabbit, a fish, or a bird? Asking this question can aid you in determining if the pet caregiver has experience with the specific type of animal you have. While you are on this topic, you should also ask if they are comfortable administering medicines, caring for sick animals, and doing veterinary office runs when needed. Whether your pet needs these services before you leave or not, it is still helpful to know that if anything were to happen to your fur baby, they would be incapable hands, especially if you are going on vacation out of town or out of the country.

What we do:

No matter your pet's needs, rest assured that we have the experience and the compassion to attend to them. We have over three years of experience attending to animals and have even worked with pets who needed medicine administered. Jenny has worked with diabetic pets, taken animals to the vet as needed, and cared for sick fur babies when their owners are away.

Jenny Moody of Moody Mutts holding a rabbit

What is your availability (weekdays, weekends, evenings)?

Before you hire a professional pet sitter, ask what their availability is like. This question will help you determine if they are available when you need them and how often they can visit your home. This is especially important when you will be out of town and want someone to either host your animal in their house or stay in your house while you are away. You want to ensure they will be available to your pet. Even when simply hiring someone for dog walking, you want to make sure they can attend to your dog on the days you need.

What we do:

Moody's Mutts offers boarding, multi-dog walking appointments, check-ins, etc. We are available on most major holidays and during the high vacation season, like spring break. We do book up quickly, so don't hesitate to get in touch with us soon to reserve your dates if you need pet care during peak times. Whether there is ice on the ground or it is thundering outside, Jenny will do everything to ensure your pet is cared for while you are away.

Are you comfortable working long hours or overnight shifts if necessary?

Jenny Moody standing with a dog

Some pet caregivers are only available during the day. Other providers are willing to work overnight, but they are likely to charge a higher rate. If you have an animal that needs constant attention or you know they will not do well when left alone for long periods, you want to make sure the provider you hire is comfortable working long hours, boarding a pet in their own home, or staying in yours. Some providers offer boarding in their homes, but often there is a trial period to make sure your pet's temperament would work inside someone else's house. Additionally, if you are going out of town for an extended period, some sitters will help care for your pet and may also offer to take care of your place along with pet sitting while you are away. If this is something you think you will need, ask the sitter, and don't assume they will do house sitting and pet care!

What we do:

Mood's Mutts provides check-ins, boarding, and house sitting services. We also provide a limited quantity of boarding opportunities for pets we have worked with before. We must meet with you and your animal and check to ensure your pet and our sitter are compatible before offering in-home care or boarding. Please contact us today to set up a meet and greet with our owner Jenny Moody so we know what we can provide for you and your furry friend.

What is your rate?

This question is essential to ask upfront to know what to expect financially. Rates can vary from sitter to sitter, and some providers may offer package deals if you hire them for multiple services (e.g., dog walking, feeding/watering, litter box cleaning, etc.). Others may charge by the hour. Be sure to get an estimate in advance, so there are no surprises when the bill comes. Most professional pet sitters will charge a deposit to lock in the dates you need, and many will also require payment upfront. Also, understand that additional pets will generally have an additional petting sitting fee. So be upfront with your provider about the number of pets you will need to be cared for, especially if they provide boarding services. Remember that while you may want to keep costs down, the safety and happiness of your fury baby while you are away is far more critical. It can cost you if you do not choose the right provider based on their temperament, experience, and reviews, and not so much about what it will cost. That being said, more expensive does not always equal better. So choose wisely.

What we offer:

We always strive to provide affordable help for our clients. We offer rates that start at only $15 per dog walk and $20 per home visit within the Light Farms Community in Celina, TX. Additional charges may apply to animals located outside of Light Farms or Celina. We have cared for many animals in the Celina and Prosper area, so reach out for more information and the areas we serve outside of Celina and Prosper, TX. Please see our services for more details and additional rates.

Not all pet sitters are the same.

The care of your pet is essential to us, no matter who you hire. Pet sitting is a job that requires a lot of attention to detail. While it may not seem like much, there are several things you should be looking for when hiring someone for this position. Not all pet sitters are the same. Some have experience with dogs but lack experience with other animals such as turtles or rabbits! When looking for a pet sitting company, you want to ask these sorts of inquiries.

Hiring a pet sitter can be a daunting task. Knowing what you are getting into beforehand will help ensure you are getting the best services for your beloved fur baby, whether you are a dog, a cat, a rabbit, or a goat. If you are looking for a pet sitting in the Celina or Prosper, Texas areas, give us a call at Moody's Mutts! We would be more than happy to serve you and your pet while you are away. Moody's Mutts is the preferred Light Farms community (Located in Celina, TX near Prosper, TX) professional pet sitter and dog walking company that offers dog walking, feeding/watering, litter box cleaning, and more! We have over three years of experience with various animals and are available weekdays, weekends, and evenings. Contact us today to set up a meet and greet you so you can ask us all the above and more! We always strive to do an excellent job ensuring your pet's safety and happiness while you are away because we treat your pets like family and love them as if they were our own!

written by
Jenny Moody
Owner of Moody's Mutts. Mom of two. Wife and lover of life.