(Closed) Unknown pet sitter in your house??

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
Member
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No Craigslist.com people, sorry but NO.

Find someone on Care.com–way safer. We’re doing this while we’re away for 2 weeks in June for the wedding. The lady is a vet during the day.

Post # 4
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7772 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am having a similar dilema.  We are expecting any day now, and I need someone to let out the dog- but I just don’t want someone I don’t know in my home!  Maybe do an interview and call references?  I just don’t trust anyone :/  DH will probably end up leaving the hosptial to let her out… 🙁

Post # 5
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8978 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t trust anybody from Craigslist.

Post # 6
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4442 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Lolasmomma:  No way.  What about finding someone on care.com?  Or asking a friend for a referral?

 

Also, if that’s how your dogs act around people they don’t know PLEASE spend time with the pet sitter and the dogs before leaving.

Post # 7
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1227 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would never do this… especially if I found these services from someone on Craigslist.

 

It’s an ad, NOT a business. 

 

Try and search for dog sitting services, dog walking services, etc. Some of them do it in your home. A good reputable business will have requirements (such as your pets being vaccinated) and they will also be insured.

 

Hope this helps!

 

Post # 8
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2381 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Talk to your vet.  Most of the techs and assistants do petsitting on the side.  The pay sucks, so most of us have had to get side jobs.  Plus they already know you and your dogs and they’re trained to handle emergencies and injuries should something happen.

Post # 9
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5983 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Lolasmomma:  Honestly, I would never leave a stranger in my house with my dogs, I have a friend that’s always available to stay and pet sit for us, of course I pay her and she can hang out, watch tv, drive my sportscar, the whole thing, but she’s gotta hang with the boys, which she’s more than happy to do….don’t you know anyone that would do this for you?

Post # 10
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4499 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t trust people, especially with my dogs. I would find someone you know or someone who dog sits professionally and has references you can contact.

Post # 11
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501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I use in-home dog sitters via a reputable local company through which I also book dog walks.  They’re fully bonded/licensed/ensured, etc., their staff receives training in pet care and first aid, and they maintain super-detailed dossiers on each animal in their care.  I trust them implicitly, and have never had an issue other than the one time a sitter ate my ice cream 😛

 

I would NOT trust anyone on Craigslist not affiliated with an actual licensed business.  At one point I looked into dogvacay.com, which matches pet owners with people willing to provide in-home care and lists references, reviews, etc., but because I have a bully breed, many of the local sitters in my area had breed restrictions in their neighborhoods which made me nervous about leaving him there.

Post # 12
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4442 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@adoc86:  +1, the “with the dogs’ worries more than the “in your house”

Post # 13
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3041 posts
Sugar bee

@Lolasmomma:  I have. I had a really good experience. Hire someone from a real company and you should be fine.

Post # 14
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3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My husband and I have talked a lot about this because we will need to find a new sitter for our dogs and it makes us super nervous. Our dogs are our babies. I would probably check out Care.com and find someone on that site if I could. Craigslist is fine for some things but there are too many crazies. We have talked about doing some ‘test runs’ with a new sitter. We would go somewhere for a half day and have the sitter hang out with the dogs and get a feel for them.

Post # 15
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602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Lolasmomma:  I have used people that work at the local doggie daycares. Many of them do pet sitting and they are already great with animals. You can also try local groomers too

Post # 16
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5015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

No, I would only use a friend of a friend. We are moving to a new state and don’t know anyone, but I’m asking around to my boss and future coworkers to try to find someone. I would not use someone from Craiglist!

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