If you’re reading this, you likely did a solid amount of research when you selected your pet care provider. Beyond the standard items, have you considered what kind of education your pet sitter has under their belt?
September is the month that Pet Sitters International (PSI) set aside to highlight the importance of continuing education as it relates to the pet sitting industry. All Breed Care is a member of PSI.
PSI started the observance of Pet-Sitter Education month back in 2016. According to their website, PSI President Beth Stultz-Hairston identified education as the focal point of her organization and its members. “We always take this time each year to highlight the resources available to professional pet sitters—and to remind pet parents that they should select qualified, professional pet sitters for their pet-care needs.”
Having a pet sitter with basic first aid skills and other training was something that I found comfort in knowing when selecting a pet care provider. And knowing that an industry verifying entity exists to assist in making resources available is just another level of reassurance for pet parents.
PSI encourages pet parents to ask about pet sitters’ training and credentials before booking services. They even offer a free checklist that can be accessed by clicking here.
Never heard of PSI? It was founded in 1994 by Patti J. Moran. Moran is the author of Pet Sitting for Profit. According to their website, PSI is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters. They boast membership in the United States, Canada and more than 12 other countries.
What’s the most important skill you look for in a professional pet sitter?