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Any tips for finding a good dog-sitter?

We're going on a trip in a few weeks and it'll be the first time we leave Muthu with a sitter. We took a trip once before but were able to leave him with my in-laws.

Anyways, we interviewed our first potential sitter today. We met her in a dog park to see if Muthu and her dachshund would get along. The dachshund started lunging and growling at Muthu the second he saw him. After seeing this, my husband left with Muthu while I tried to talk to the dog-sitter. She said that her dog was just excited to be at the dog park and that he would calm down. Not only did he not calm down, but she kept trying to get him to sit and he refused to for over 5 minutes. I was surprised because not only did she not apologize, but she did not seem to think that there was anything abnormal about this. Needless to say, I informed her that we wouldn't be needing her services.

I have a few more interviews scheduled, and I'm really hoping to find someone who doesn't have dogs and won't mind sitting for Muthu in our house. After today's incident, I'm really antsy about the idea of leaving Muthu alone with a dog he doesn't know that well for 4 days. How do you guys find reliable and safe pet sitters? What are things I should be looking for (especially red flags)?
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When Scout was one year old we had to go to a wedding in Utah and I almost didn't go. I had to find a pet sitter that would stay at the house. I was fortunate to find one that actually lived nearby by searching online. Everything worked out great. She first wanted to come to our house to interview us. We made a contract where she was at the house from 5PM until 9AM. My friend spent the daytime with Scout. The sitter would walk him in the evening and morning. She had her own insurance which is important. She was very professional and left a daily record of her stay with Scout.

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I was fortunate to find two good ones that I used on separate occasions in two different locations. Each of them was a working vet tech. I had a dog or 2, and mini horses. I would probably start by be asking for recommendations at your vet's office. I had the techs come to my house to meet my animals while I was home for three days prior to leaving them, (they were guard dogs) and I showed them where everything was located. I had very detailed specific written instructions as well as phone numbers of people that knew my animals, just in case. They came to make 2 or 3 visits the day I was away, and another visit the following morning, at specified times. Another suggestion is to plan to leave them while you are still in town for a couple of hours, just for practice. Also, they left me a detailed diary of each of their visits including the dog's reactions. Good luck!
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experience is key. here are some guidelines National Association of Professional Pet Sitters

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Maybe talk to your vet and see if they recommend anyone, also any friends with dogs, they might have someone who they use. It's so hard to find a good sitter, we have been very blessed to find someone that comes and stays in our home. We found her through a friend, she would cat sit for her.
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I interviewed a dozen or so over several months until I found someone I am comfortable with. Having multiple dogs, some large and some small complicated my search. But I have found a wonderful sitter that I trust completely! Good luck in your search!

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