Training Your Best Friend LLC Is excited to announced that we are expanding our services to Pet Sitting. Owner, and Founder, Christie Fernandez formerly founded Critter Sitters and serviced customers for 16 years

Our Pet Sitters are not contracted, they are employees. All our team members have pets of their own. Our team has plenty of professional pet experience as well. Many have veterinary experience, dog training experience, and pet fostering experience. Additionally, our team is certified in pet first aid and CPR.

Every team member is extremely caring, compassionate, and shares a deep love for pets. And, above all, we will go above and beyond to keep your pet healthy and happy while you are away.

Our Pet Sitting Service offers in home pet sitting and dog walking services. We provide care for dogs, cats, and other small animals. We also provide daily dog walking and overnight pet sitting services. 

Prior to your first service, the sitter will come to your home to meet you and your pet, providing you an opportunity to detail the specific routine you would like followed while away.

At each visit the sitter will:

  • Exercise and play with your dog or cat
  • Feed pets following your instructions
  • Provide fresh water
  • Scoop or change litter
  • Give any necessary medications
  • Collect mail, newspaper, and packages
  • Secure locks
  • Supply lots of love and attention for your best friend
  • Water Plants

 Whether you are on vacation or just out for the day Christie’s Critter Sitters is there to care for your pup. Your dog will keep his regular schedule as the pet sitter schedules her day to accommodate his needs. Our Pet Sitting Service Critt visit includes: feeding, fresh water, a walk or supervised outdoor play and an endless supply of belly rubs.

In many households, pets are the foundations that hold the family together. Families care deeply for their pets and they want to know that they are receiving the best care that they can possibly provide to them.

When you’re away from home, our pet companions will provide loving, personalized attention for all your fur babies.

Our most important concern is giving your pet lots of love and attention!

Pet Sitting- 2 pet                                                                   $25

Each Additional Dog                                                            $3

Each Additional Cat                                                             $2

Dog Walking                                                                          $25

Overnight( Pet sitting in your Home)                              $100

Each additional pet after 2                                                  $5

Key Pick Up & Drop Off (only)                                          $12

Add a one-time $20 holiday fee, when any service date is within two calendar days of: New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Each visit lasts approximately 45 minutes. We follow the exercise/play routine you request, provide fresh food and water, and do whatever needs to be done to keep your pets happy and healthy. Mail and newspaper retrieval, as well as curbside trash and recycle bin placement are included with your service.

Overnight, in-home pet sitting

Your pet, safe at home while you travel! We will pamper your pooch while you are away, taking care of all exercise needs and providing company at night. Mail, plants, and any other household needs are included in every stay. Skip the stress of boarding and let your dog sleep in his own bed!

Sitting starts at $100 per night. Dog Walking and Pet Sitting on Holidays is an additional $20 per day (New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)

During our visit, your pet will enjoy lots of cuddles and playtime, a nice long walk (for pups) or litter scooping (for cats), food and refreshing water, and necessary medication – all customized to your pet’s needs. We provide a daily photo/video update so you can see how well your pets are doing and can also get the mail, take out the trash, and water the plants as needed. No matter what your needs, you can count on us to be there for you and your pets 365 days a year.

Pet Sitting vs Boarding

A lot of people want to know how hiring a pet sitter compares to boarding your animal in a kennel. Specifically, many people believe hiring a professional pet sitter is more expensive than a dog kennel or pet boarding, but that is often not the case at all – especially if you have more than one pet. Plus, with a professional pet sitter, you’ll get so much more value for your money! Below is a comparison of what you get with a professional pet sitting company like Cuddles on Call versus a kennel.

Kennels:

  • Some of the cheaper kennels are priced similarly. But don’t be fooled, this price generally doesn’t include walks, playtime, or one-on-one attention. It often only includes a few potty breaks outside a day.
  • You can add extra services like walks, playtime, attention, etc. but they will charge you extra fees and you could easily end up paying twice as much per day and that only includes one dog. Add in a second or third dog and you are looking to pay a LOT more.
  • Of course there are nicer kennels in which your dog will get all the amenities of home, but they are EXPENSIVE! In these upgraded kennels, you can pay upwards of $60-$80/night, and (don’t forget) that’s just for one dog. Add in a couple more dogs, and you are paying a small fortune!  Why not just let them stay in their ACTUAL homes (instead of a kennel made to look like one) and pay a lot less?
  • Drop-off and pick-up from kennels can also be very inconvenient. They only allow pick up or drop off certain times of the day and you may have to rearrange your schedule around theirs for them to accommodate you.
  • Additionally, many kennels are closed on Sunday, so if you get back from your trip on Sunday, you won’t be able to pick your pet up. They will have to stay an extra night until you can pick them up on Monday (which will cost even more!).
  • Plus, pets face stressful conditions in kennels like loud barking, cramped and unfamiliar spaces, aggression from other dogs, different food, and a change in routine.
  • These high-stress conditions reduce their immunity to fight off illnesses and they may become sick from exposure to various kennel-borne diseases.
  • Also, many animals won’t even eat in kennels when they are under that amount of stress. And the ones that do eat often develop an upset stomach with bouts of diarrhea because of the sudden change in diet.

Pet Sitting:

  • With in-home pet sitting, your pet will stay comfortable in their own home surrounded by familiar sights and sounds. This means less stress on your pets which means less stress on you!
  • Dogs get long walks and plenty of outside time. Plus, they can sleep in their own bed and play with their favorite toys.
  • Your pets will get an abundance of one-on-one personalized attention, brushing, and love. And we will always take time to visit with and talk sweetly to your shy or insecure pets who benefit most from staying home where they feel most safe and secure.
  • And let’s not forget about cats! They hate the kennel as much as or more than dogs. They are much happier in the peace and quiet of their home with their favorite scratching posts and napping spots.
  • We will cater to your pets special dietary needs and schedule which will mean no disruption in their eating habits or upset stomach.
  • And there will be no risk of your pet falling ill from exposure to various diseases in the kennel.
  • With us, you will have constant access to your pet sitter. You can call us anytime if you need an update, or if you would like us to make an extra trip to check on your pet for any reason at any time.
  • You will get detailed daily updates from your sitter along with photos or videos of your pets so you can know how they are doing while you are away. This means peace of mind for you so you can enjoy your vacation!
  • Plus we will care for both your pets AND your home. We will bring in your mail, newspapers, and packages, water your plants, and make your home look lived in to deter criminals.
  • There’s no inconvenient, out-of-the-way car rides to the kennel and no hassle trying to make pick-up and drop-off times to avoid extra charges. Just come home as usual, and your healthy, happy pet will be there to greet you!

In conclusion, it’s a no-brainer! It’s cheaper and easier on your pets to stay at home. Let’s face it, no matter how fluffy the bed is or how nice the flat screen TV, the kennel is no vacation for your pets. They would rather be at home!

Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Sitting Services

Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions for our pet sitting and dog walking services. If your questions are not answered here, please feel to contact us and we will be happy to answer them personally.

Q: Why should I use our Pet Sitters instead of a kennel?

Our Pet sitters are Trained with our Certified Dog Trainers on handling skills, giving special detail or continuing the proper training of your pet while you are away.

A: In a kennel environment, your pet is exposed to illness from other animals, gets very little time outside of their cage, and receives very little if any personal attention. Pets experience a great deal of stress when they have to leave their homes for an unfamiliar, noisy, cramped  kennel. Many will not even eat because they are so stressed!

However, with our trained Pet Sitter, your pet can avoid all this stress by staying in their own home where they are familiar, secure, and can follow their regular routine. Plus, they get long walks outside, and plenty of love, cuddles, and sweet talk! And, as a bonus to all that, your home will be taken care of while you are gone and will look lived in (which will deter break ins).

Q: What do you do on a visit?

A: On each visit to your home we will spend lots of quality time with your pet(s) and take care of your home as well. Each visit includes: lots of love for each pet, play time, petting, brushing (if they like it), feeding, fresh water, dog walk, kitty litter scooped, cage cleaned (if applicable), medication given (if needed), mail and paper brought in, indoor plants watered, and lights and blinds rotated.

Q: Can you give me updates on how my pet is doing while I’m gone?

A: Absolutely! Included in all of our pet sitting services is a daily update on your pet’s well-being while you are away! We would be happy to give your updates by phone, e-mail, or text based on your preference. Included in this update is a picture or video of your pet(s) and a paragraph or so about how great your pet is doing while you’re away.

Q: If my pet makes a mess, will you clean it up?

A: Yes, we would be happy to clean any pet messes in your home to the best of our ability free of charge using cleaning products you provide. We will make every effort to clean all messes during the scheduled pet sitting time slot. However, if the mess will take longer than our appointment to clean, our pet sitter will contact you so you can decide if you would like the pet sitter to stay longer to finish cleaning for a reasonable fee.

Q: What hours do you provide services?

A: Our pet sitting visits are done between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm, and dog walking is done between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Other times can be arranged as well, though. Please call if you need special accommodations.

Q: How many visits a day do you provide?

A: That is largely up to you. For dogs, we recommend a minimum of 2 visits per day. Although, many people prefer to have 3 or more visits depending on their dog’s needs (We recommend more visits for smaller breeds as well as younger and older dogs).

For cats and other small animals, we require a minimum of 1 visit per day for the entirety of the time you are away. We cannot skip days with any pets in our care. We are very concerned about the safety of your pets, and something could happen to your pet on the day that we do not see them (they could become suddenly ill, their collar might get caught on something, they can get trapped behind something or inside an enclosed space, etc). And many situations could turn serious if not caught quickly enough. Which is why, for the safety of your pet and our own peace of mind, we must see them on a daily basis while you are away. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Q: What experience do you have with pets?

A: All our team members have pets of their own. Our team has plenty of professional pet experience as well. Many have veterinary experience, dog training experience, and pet fostering experience. Additionally, our team is certified in pet first aid and CPR. Every team member is extremely caring, compassionate, and shares a deep love for pets. And, above all, we will go above and beyond to keep your pet healthy and happy while you are away.

Q: What information will you need at the initial meet and greet?

A: Prior to the consultation, you will need to fill out all the profiles listed in our online software (you will be provided with a link to this in our initial communications), and have them ready for us. Doing so will provide us with all of the information we need up front, which will allow us to spend all of our time getting to you know you and your wonderful pets!

We also will need you to provide us with 2 keys: one for your pet sitter and another to be kept in in the main office or with your backup sitter. All keys are labeled with the pets’ names only and locked in a safe when not in use for your protection.

 

Q: If I am leaving town very soon and don’t have time for a consultation, will you take care of my pets without meeting them first?

A: I’m sorry, but we do not take care of pets without meeting them first. However, if we have availability, we can try to work with you to set up an immediate consultation so that we can start our pet sitting services right away. We will make every effort to work with your schedule, even in last minute situations.

Q: May I give my pet sitter / dog walker a gratuity?

A: Absolutely. You may leave a gratuity for the sitter at your home, or you may add it to your debit or credit card payment. Gratuities are never expected, but always appreciated.

Q: Are you insured and bonded?

A: Yes. We are insured and bonded

Q: What happens when there is severe weather?

A: In the event that your Cuddles on Call pet sitter is unable to reach your home due to severe weather with impassible roads, we will contact a nearby friend/relative (whom you have provided to us), and request that they take over care of your pets in our absence until we can resume service again. We will do everything we can to make sure your pet is taken care of in emergency situations like these, and we will keep you continually updated of these developments as they happen.

Q: Do you charge a holiday fee?

A: Yes, we charge a holiday fee of $10 per visit on the following holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. This is a way for us to reward our pet sitters who are working during the holidays.

Q: How is payment handled?

A: We accept debit and credit cards only. For new clients, full payment is due at the initial consultation. For repeat clients, payment is due 1-3 days before the date of the first visit (10 days before visits including a holiday).

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: We have a 24 hour cancellation policy for all visits not including a holiday.  Please call or e-mail us within 24 hours before your service if you need to cancel in order to incur no cancellation fees. Cancellations less than 24 hours before your service are subject to a 100% cancellation fee.

There is a separate cancellation policy for holiday bookings because of high demand for these dates. We require 10 days notice of cancellation to receive a full refund for bookings including a holiday date. Holidays include: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Cancellations made between between 10 and 7 days before the start of service are subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 7 days before the start of service are subject to a 100% cancellation fee.

Q: If I leave later than expected or return early, will I receive a refund or credit?

A: No, unfortunately, we have scheduled time for your visits and have potentially turned down other clients to allow time these appointments.

Q: What do you do if I forget to leave enough food or litter for my pet(s)?

A: If this happens, we will give you a phone call to notify you that there is not enough food, and you can let us know if you have more food in another location in your home. If there is not, never fear, we can make a special trip to purchase more food or litter. There will, however, be a $10 trip fee plus the cost of the supplies.

Q: If you are keeping my keys on file and I move or discontinue service, how will I get my key back?

A: We will be glad to mail your keys if we have them on file with us. We can also arrange for them to be dropped off for a trip fee of $15.

Q: Do you board pets?

A: We do not board pets at our facilities, but we will provide regular visits with your pets in your home according to your individual needs which is more convenient for you and less stressful for your pets.

Q: How do you determine your service area?

A: Our service area includes homes within a 10 driving mile radius of the home office or any of our pet sitters. Sometimes, we will include homes that are just outside of this area for a small gas surcharge. However, all final decisions about inclusion in our service area will be at the discretion of Cuddles on Call.

When you’re away from home, our pet companions will provide loving, personalized attention for all your fur kids.  Playtime and belly rubs are on tur most important concern is giving your pet lots of love and attention!