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According to the American Humane Society

“A professional pet sitter spends quality time with the animal, gives them exercise and knows how to tell if they need veterinary attention. What’s more, pet sitters typically offer additional services, such as taking in mail and newspapers and watering plants.  But just because someone calls herself a “pet sitter” doesn’t mean they are qualified to do the job”.

 

Why a Peaks Pet Nanny is Better Choice?

Benefits for Pets:

  • The environment pets know best, including familiar sights, smells, bed, and toys.
  • Maintain a regular diet and a routine filled with long walks and playtime.
  • Avoid the stress of traveling and becoming car sick.
  • No more kennels with unfamiliar dogs and cats, where pets can easily become frightened or injured.
  • Pet Nannies have a true passion for animals, pet experience, pet nanny training, and integrity.

Benefits for Pet Parent:

  • Receive a complimentary consultation with a dependable Pet Nanny.
  • Pet care is customized to the client’s specifications and timeframes.
  • Friendly customer service from the owners and staff, to answer any questions and arrange pet sitting.
  • Access to our award-winning, online scheduling system, and mobile app.
  • Easily update information and request pet sitting, dog walking and overnight care online.
  • A Pet Nanny will carefully look after your home, bring in deliveries and the mail, water the plants, take out the garbage.
  • Text updates with pictures, videos and a written note after each visit.
  • Our Pet Nannies work in a team environment, providing invaluable back-up coverage when needed.
  • Peace of mind knowing your pet and home is receiving the utmost care and attention.

 

Why Wag! and Rover Aren’t So Hot

According to Amy Hempe, author of scoutsforpets.com –

“There has been varying information regarding the vetting of Wag! and Rover dog walkers and pet sitters. There are online quizzes for applicants to take, but there is no in-person witnessing by representatives from either company to assess animal handling ability and skill. Customers select dog walkers and pet sitters in a manner similar to how one chooses an Uber or Lyft driver: looking at starred ratings and availability. A meet-and-greet of the animals with someone who already knows them is not a standard procedure (but they can schedule them). In any case, there is the possibility that strangers are coming into your home. The potential for an attack or a frightened animal that runs away remains high, and in fact, has actually happened to walkers for each company.

Walkers for both Wag! and Rover have lost dogs. (SFGate and Bloomberg News). Both companies have downplayed their responsibility and have hired attorneys to mitigate any damage to their brands. Wag! has even served one owner whose dog was lost with a cease and desist letter after she publicaly complained about the company’s handling of the situation on social media”.

 

Helpful Checklist for Pet Parents

  • Make reservations early, especially during weekends and holidays.
  • Ensure your pet is well socialized and allows new people to handle them.
  • Affix current identification tags to your pet’s collar.
  • Maintain current vaccinations for your pet.
  • Leave clear instructions or special requests.
  • Leave pet food and supplies in one place.
  • Buy extra pet supplies in case you’re away longer than planned.
  • Be sure keys work and are labeled before giving them to your pet nanny.
  • Show the pet nanny your home’s important safety features.

Finally, relax, have a safe and fun trip knowing you have selected the best pet care possible.

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