Getting to Know You

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__ Provide written verification that your pet is up-to-date on its shots. Have your pet wear current vaccination tags on its collar.

__If your pet is prone to chew, please leave "chew toys" and take proper precautions to guard your personal items and home furnishings from his teeth while you are away.

__Make a list of your pet's favorite hiding places. This will prevent the pet sitter from worrying if your pet is not where expected.

__Be sure to tell your pet sitter about any unusual habits your pet has; i.e., destructive behavior when left alone, change in bowel or eating habits, etc.

__During the initial consultation, please try not to "force" your pet to like the pet sitter. Some pets are shy and can't be expected to warm up to a stranger immediately. With time and patience, trust will build and a friendly relationship will be established.

__If you own both dogs and cats, please do not ask the sitter to "ignore" the cats (i.e., not charge) during the visits. It is impossible because the sitter's conscience would not allow the oversight of a cat in need of food, medical care or human attention.

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The article and checklists are courtesy of Pet Sitters International and are reprinted here with permission.