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  • 17 Pet Sitter Safety Tips – for New and Experienced Pet Sitters

    Posted July 22, 2011 By in Pet Sitters, SEO and Marketing With | 6 Comments

    security camera noticeRecently, I had a new sitter of mine comment that she was visiting a client’s home and she noticed a guy parked in an unmarked car on the street outside the house who lingered and made her uncomfortable.

    She said I should tell all my new pet sitters to lock the doors after they arrive for the visit.

    Makes complete sense.

    I guess locking the doors behind me is so automatic that I don’t think to tell my new sitters.

    So I started thinking… How many other safety tips do we ourselves do that other pet sitters need to know.

    Some pet sitter safety tips that you routinely do yourself may not be so obvious to others.

    Here are two safety tips to get us going…

    Tip #1: Lock doors after you enter the house.

    Tip #2: Carry keys with you at all times during the visit – especially when taking pets out into the yard. Some clients have doors that automatically lock when closed – you don’t want to be locked outside with the pets.

    And here are other pet sitter tips that were contributed by APSE members.

    Tip #3: Keep cell phone with you–do not leave it in the car.

    Tip #4: If a parked car, or pedestrian, seem out of place, don’t stop the car. Circle the block.

    Tip #5: Carry some sort of ID on your person–not just in your wallet (usually left in the car).

    Tip #6: Learn to dial 911 on your particular phone without having to look at the keypad.

    Tip #7: Locate where the landline phones are in the client’s home (if they have one).

    Tip #8: If you will be walking dogs after dark, invest in a leashlight, or some reflective wrist/ankle bands if you don’t wear reflective clothing.

    Tip #9: We personally DO NOT walk dogs after dark. In the evening I take another person with me even if they just sit in the car… just in case.

    Tip #10: I also do this when I do meet and greets…my sons or husband sits in the car..which also helps me keep the meeting to a minimum. (I know this not an option for every sitter)

    Tip #11: I also make sure to leave the address and phone number on my dry erase board if I have to go make a visit alone and the time or times that I will be there and if my family doesn’t hear back from me within a certain amount of time they call or text me to make sure I am ok… if I don’t answer within a certain time they have been instructed to contact the police. I have had my husband text me during a visit because I got to chatting with the client and I forgot to text my husband to let him know I was still at the client’s home..so the text came through and I excused myself and explained to the client that my husband was just checking on me since I wasn’t back home when I told him I would be home…

    Tip #12: Make sure alarm companies are notified of any sits.

    Tip #13: All keys should remain clipped to the uniform.

    Tip #14: Have a business id on hand in the event of any law enforcement interactions.

    Tip #16: Remove business signs during sits (we used magnetic on car).

    Tip #17: Carry pepper spray or dog deterrent in the event of a dog attack.

    Help Your Fellow Pet Sitters By Adding Other Safety Tips

    Leave a comment below with a safety tip or two other pet sitters need to know.

    BONUS: There will be a download, editable fact sheet / tip sheet available in the APSE Members Area so that you can easily give this to new sitters as you bring them into your business.

    Thank you to all the APSE members who shared their valuable tips for this article.

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Comments (6)

Danielle Chonody » 22. Jul, 2011

Thought of another one to add:

Tip #18: Carry a small flashlight with you. Not all clients will remember to leave a porch light on for your first evening visit and a small flashlight will make it quicker to get the key in the lock and find your way around.

Dedi » 22. Jul, 2011

I have a small one on my keychain so I don’t lose it or someone walks off with it when they need a light..

Joshua » 23. Jul, 2011

Tip #19: Make sure the client leaves an emergency contact number (neighbor, family, friend) that you can contact, if necessary. You could easily include this space as part of your service agreement.

Arlene Kahn » 24. Jul, 2011

When possible, meet the neighbors so they know who you are and that you’re supposed to be there.

Marcus Coons » 14. Jul, 2017

I totally agree with you in that it is always a great idea to ask the pet sitter you choose to always lock the door behind them at your house. It makes sense that doing this can help you make sure the house is locked and nobody can just get in and make your stuff theirs while you are out. As I see it, taking the time to read online reviews and compare several sitters can help you find the one that is best for your pets and who can care for your house as they care for your animal.

Marcus Coons » 06. Jun, 2018

Thanks for mentioning how a dog sitter should lock the doors after they enter your house. It is important to understand that doing this can help them and you to stay safe. I can see how anyone looking into this would want to take the time to compare several sitters before choosing the one you want to work with.

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