Away from Home: How Pet Sitters Can Provide the Best Summer Care

Summer vacations spell joy for families but can often leave pets in a temporary lurch. With August being a peak travel month, pet sitters become the unsung heroes, ensuring our furry friends are cared for while their families are away.

If you’re an aspiring pet sitter or you run a pet-sitting company aiming to set the gold standard, here’s how to make sure pets receive premium care – and reassure pet parents that you’re the best in the business.


1. Master the Art of Detailed Knowledge

Remember, for many pet parents, their animal companion is like their child:

  • Pet Profiles: Every pet has its nuances. Encourage clients to offer a comprehensive profile – this includes food allergies, play preferences, and bedtime routines.
  • Emergency Protocols: Always have an up-to-date list of emergency contacts. This should comprise of the pet’s vet, a backup caregiver, and the family’s travel contact.

Tip for Pet Parents: Ensure your chosen sitter takes an active interest in understanding your pet’s unique needs.

2. Crafting a Pet-Friendly Oasis

Your environment should be more than just pet-tolerant; it should be pet-adoring:

  • Comfort Central: Ensure the environment stays cool. This might mean investing in pet-friendly cooling mats or setting up fans in the pet’s space.
  • Summer Hazards: Know the summer-specific hazards, from certain toxic plants to particular summer foods, and keep them out of paw’s reach.
  • Entertainment Zone: Consider a mini toy library, with items like freezable toys that can offer relief during the hotter days.

Tip for Pet Parents: When selecting a sitter, ask them about their summer-specific provisions for pets.

3. Stick to the Script, But Add Some Flair

Routine is comforting to pets, but summer offers opportunities for unique fun:

  • Tailored Timings: In summer, shift walk timings to dawn and dusk to avoid the scorching pavement.
  • Hydration Stations: Make sure fresh water is plentiful. Offer occasional ice treats for a refreshing twist.
  • Engagement Updates: Sending a photo update or a short video can be a win-win. It reassures families and showcases your interaction with the pet.

Tip for Pet Parents: A good pet sitter will keep you in the loop. Choose those who prioritize communication.

4. Summer-Specific Skillset

To excel in pet care during the summer, be ready to address unique challenges:

  • Know Your Pests: Be aware of the most common summertime pests in your area and how to counteract them.
  • Heat Mastery: Understand and be vigilant about the signs of heat exhaustion in pets. Your proactive approach can make all the difference.
  • Sociability Scale: If you’re catering to multiple pets, ensure you know how to introduce them smoothly, always prioritizing their comfort.

Tip for Pet Parents: Ask potential pet sitters about their experience and training in handling summer-specific challenges.


With travel ramping up in August, pet sitters have a pivotal role to play. But beyond just meeting basic needs, the true mark of excellence in pet sitting lies in meticulous attention to detail, creativity, and unwavering commitment to pet comfort. For those looking to establish a reputation or a business in this sphere, remember – in the heart of every pet parent, quality care is what earns trust and lasting loyalty.