Jul 01

20 Questions to ask before you begin your Pet Sitting Assignment

Pet Sitting in home Pet Care 20 questions to askPet Sitting Questions

Before you begin your house sitting assignment, take the time to ensure you’re prepared and informed enough about the needs and welfare of any pets in your charge.

To help get you prepared, I’ve put together a list of 19 questions you should ask the home owner. As you see, I’m one question short …. so please leave a comment below and let me your suggestions for #20.

1. Does your pet take any medications?

2. Does your pet have any history of heath conditions or ailments?

3. What’s the Vets phone number and address?

4. How often is your pet fed?

5. What are the pets bathroom habits? (e.g. are they regular)

Bathing a dog Pet Sitting Questionnaire

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6.  Does your pet get rewards or snacks between meals?

7.  Does your pet have any special needs?

8.  How often is your dog walked?

9.  Should the dog be walked on or off the lead?

10. Does you pet have any special behaviour traits?

Dogs Playing together Pet Sitting

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11.  How is your pet with other animals (e.g. is the dog social around other dogs?)

12. Any special grooming requirements?

13. Are there any special bathing instructions?

14. Do the pets travel ok in the car?

15. Do you have a list of local walks?

Cat on the chair Pet Sitting

16. Where do your pets sleep?

17. Are your pets allowed on the furniture?

18. Are there any special training or obedience requirements?

19. Would you like status updates (or photos) about your pet during my assignment?

20. Does your pet have separation anxiety? (Thanks to Lori for providing this suggestion)

21. << Please leave me a comment and let me know what #21 should be? Let’s grow this list>>


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  1. Alexander

    Most of the time amateur pet sitters overlook the importance of these things you mentioned in a post. These points surely help to deal better with the pets. As for last point I would say “Are your pets friendly with kids.”

    1. Roving Jay

      That’s a great point Aledander .. thanks for that! Jay
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  2. Mike Deets

    Great information! There are 2 or 3 bullet points I would have never thought of! Thanks!

    1. Roving Jay

      Thanks Mike … it’s always good to have a reminder list. And when you show up with a list it not only helps you to remember what to ask, but it’s reassurance to pet owners that you have their pet’s well-being at stake.
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  3. Lori

    Question # 20 (should be #1): Does your dog have separation anxiety?

    I left a dog that I was pet sitting for 1.5 hours (according to the owner – yes, I asked – the dog was fine for up to two hours in the house). I came home to $1,000 worth of damage to my door and window blinds as the dog had a major anxiety attack while I was gone. Very sad when you think about it – and very expensive.

    1. Roving Jay

      That’s really good input Lori .. I’m going to add it to the list. I wasn’t a question I would have thought to ask. It seems like the kind of thing an owner should disclose.
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  4. Rudy Edwards

    Great list … it’s a good check list for pet sitting.
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