Pet Sitting Expectations

Pet Sitting services include checking on pets throughout the day.  This means contractors should schedule their day to have a midday walk/playtime.  Check-in is any time after 7 AM on the first day.  Check-out is at 7 AM on the last day. After check-out, the client can request additional Walk(s) or Drop-in(s) service for further care. 


For a successful Pet Sitting service, Contractors should complete the following:

  • Pick up mail, take out trash, pick-up poop in the yard, sweep/vacuum dirt/fur.

  • Supply their sleeping gear, toiletries, and groceries.

  • Be at the client's home at the agreed check-in time. If you leave to care for other appointments, ensure including a midday walk or drop-in and return by 6:30 PM to stay until 7 AM unless specific alternate arrangements have been made with both the client and the RubyRed’s Pet Care, LLC Manager.

  • In the event of anticipated lateness, alert the RubyRed’s Pet Care, LLC Manager via text or phone call.

  • Treat a client's home and property with care and respect at all times.

  • Behave professionally at all times. Assume your behavior can be seen, heard, and recorded at any time while in or around a client's home.

  • Do not invite or allow any other people onto a client's property or in a client's home. This includes boyfriends, girlfriends, family members, friends, children, or any other person. The insured RubyRed’s Pet Care, LLC Contractor, is the only person allowed in a client's home and on a client's property. Failure to abide by this restriction will result in immediate termination of the contract.

  • Do not allow any animals other than the client animals into a client's home unless specific arrangements have been made with both the client and RubyRed’s Pet Care, LLC Manager. This includes a Contractor's animals or other RubyRed’s Pet Care, LLC client animals.

  • Walk client dogs for a minimum of thirty minutes every evening and every morning of service.

  • Walk the client dog for a minimum of thirty minutes for every midday check-in of the pet.

  • When walking client dogs, bring the following supplies: high-value treats, bags for waste disposal, a leash for every dog, collar identification for every dog, a charged cell phone, citronella sprays such as SprayShield, a small first aid kit, and fresh water when water is not readily available or is unsafe for the dogs to drink.

  • Take photographs of client dogs for the report card.

  • If necessary, transport the client dog safely, using tethers, grates, crates, and dog restraint systems. At no point, whether the car is stationary or moving, should car windows be open wide enough to permit any part of a dog’s body to be outside of the vehicle.

  • Carry a valid driver's license and current car insurance while driving with client dogs.

  • Manage undesirable behavior for all animals (resource guarding, leash reactivity, mouthiness, bullying, mounting, etc.).

  • Follow all instructions from the client for animal care, including feeding, medications, and containment.

  • Follow all the client's instructions for home care, including security requests (i.e., locking doors and setting alarms), retrieving mail, watering plants, turning on/off lights, etc.

  • Dispose of all animal waste in the proper receptacle.

  • In the event of animal vomit, urine, or feces in the home, thoroughly clean the area and notify the client and RubyRed’s Pet Care, LLC Manager of the event.

  • Notify both the client and the RubyRed’s Pet Care, LLC Manager if an animal appears sick or injured in any way or if there has been a notable behavior change.

  • Notify both the client and the RubyRed’s Pet Care, LLC Manager if any items in the home break or anything in the home appear to need repair.

  • Fill out a spell-checked and grammar-checked report card through the Scout for Pets app once per night, including a write-up, photos, and answers to prompted questions.

  • Do not consume any of the client's food or beverages. Bring your own or eat at home.  

  • Refrain from alcohol, drug use, and cigarette smoking while in the client's home or on the client's property. Be completely sober from drugs and alcohol in the client's home and on the client's property.

  • Fill out the "Private Note" field on the client's Scout for Pets profile with helpful information once you have gotten to know the clients and the dog(s).

On the last day of service:

  • if a dog has become sufficiently dirty during your stay with them, hose them off using the client's spigot and hose.

  • leave the home as clean or (preferably) cleaner than when you arrived

  • start (and preferably finish and fold) a laundry load with any used pet towels and blankets.

  • remake the guest bed

  • wash all used dishes, dry, and put away

  • wipe down all kitchen and bathroom counters

  • remove any shed hair in the bathroom shower or on the bathroom counters/floor

  • sweep/vacuum/mop floors and rugs if necessary

  • put all furniture and home supplies in the exact location they were in when you first arrived

  • take out the trash

  • do a final sweep of every room to ensure you have not left anything behind and that all messes have been thoroughly cleaned