Can I bring my own pet when house sitting?

One of the questions we often hear is, “Can I bring my own pet when house sitting?” As fellow pet lovers, we understand the reluctance to leave furry companions behind when embarking on travels.

Fortunately, many sitters successfully house sit with their pets. However, if you’re considering this option, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Here are our top tips for house sitting with your own pet:

  1. Update Your Profile: Make sure to mention in your profile that you’ll be bringing your pet along. This helps owners understand your situation upfront and avoids surprises later on.
  2. Include Pet Photos: Showcase your pet in your profile photos. Let owners see how awesome your pet is, whether they’re snuggling with you, enjoying a walk, or having fun with another pet.
  3. Consider Homeowners’ Needs: Remember why homeowners are seeking house sitters. Most of them want someone to care for their home and pets. Evaluate how your pet would enhance the experience for these owners.
  4. Communicate About Your Pet: Provide plenty of details about your pet during communications with homeowners. This helps them make an informed decision.
  5. Arrange a Meeting: Offer to introduce your pet to the homeowner and their pets before the sit begins. This allows everyone to gauge compatibility and provides peace of mind to the homeowner.
  6. Respect Homeowners’ Decisions: If a homeowner declines you and your pet for the sit, understand that they likely have valid reasons. Be gracious and respectful, and remember that there are always other house sits to apply for.

You can filter house sits that welcome pets!

When searching for house sits, use the “Sitters Pets Welcome” filter to find homeowners who are open to sitters bringing their pets.

Or check out homeowner ads that welcome sitters with pets here.

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