Dalmatian with a leash peeks out from behind the door

When hiring a pet sitter, dog walker or pet carer, it can be easy to miss important steps to ensure your pet is being cared for in the best way possible. Here are some strategies you can put in place to make it easier:

1. Make sure you have all the administrative ‘stuff’ sorted out before the Pet Sitter or Dog Walker starts work. For example, you should already have agreed:

  • duties
  • days/ hours of work
  • regularity of work (daily/ weekly/ fortnightly/ monthly)
  • rate of pay
  • regularity of pay (daily/ weekly/ fortnightly/ monthly)
  • expected outcomes

2. If you are engaging the Pet Carer, Pet Sitter or Dog Walker for a permanent role, you should also have considered whether you want to enter in to a written contract of employment. A contract of employment should include the above, and could also cover matters like:

  • Annual leave
  • Sick leave
  • Termination
  • Superannuation
  • Confidentiality

3. Write a Starter Checklist and run the Pet Carer, Pet Sitter or Dog Walker through this before their first day of work. Cover off topics such as:

  • Home alarm, keys and rules around these
  • Any medications

4. Pre prepare the following and leave them on the fridge:

  • Emergency Contact List
  • Day Time routines
  • Meal Plan