Pet sitting is a great way to indulge your love of animals by caring for a variety of breeds and species of clients’ pets on a day-to-day basis. As a pet sitter, it is important to not only gain the trust of clients, but also that of their cherished pets. How can you quickly gain a pet’s trust?
Arrange a Meet and Greet
Pet sitters should always set aside some time, even if it is just 20 minutes between appointments, for a meet and greet with new clients and their pets. A meet and greet will also help break the ice. A dog that has met you and spent time with you in his own home will be unlikely to tear strips off you when his owner is away at work and you show up to care for his needs.
Spending the needed time getting to know a new pet at a meet and greet will be remembered. Pets will then see you as another member of their support network, rather than an intruder that needs to be kept at bay.
Treat Each Pet with Care and Consideration
All pets enjoy a certain degree of pampering and fuss, particularly if they are receiving 1:1 care from a pet sitter. As so many pet owners are busy working or tending to their family’s needs while they are at home, some pets feel neglected and isolated.
Pets will warm to you much more quickly if you take the time to treat them with the care and consideration that they deserve. Whenever you enter a client’s home, call the pet’s name, crouch down to its level and acknowledge him. Allow a lap cat to curl up into a ball on your lap while you stroke her, and lavish dogs with praise and attention after they have responded to a simple command.
Offer a Structured Routine
Many pets appreciate a structured daily routine and will respond well if you continue to give them what they need and are used to receiving from their owners. Unless you have been instructed to change a pet’s routine, try to keep to it as closely as possible. Any drastic changes can be difficult for some pets to handle.
Pet sitters are mindful of the responsibility they have taken on with each client’s pet and will make every effort to ensure that each pet is treated with the care that it deserves. A proper approach will help pet sitters quickly gain the trust of pets in their care.
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