Don’t entrust your dogs’ care to dog lovers

Local dog-sitting business Paw Play Date encourages dog owners to do their research and hire not just a “dog lover,” but a dog lover who is also a true dog-care professional for their dog-care needs.

Fort Collins, CO. March 8, 2019 —For local dog owners to travel—whether for work or pleasure— searching for someone to watch the dogs while they’re away is likely on the to-do list. Paw Play Date, which offers dog-sitting services in Fort Collins, encourages dog owners to only use the services of professional dog sitters for their dog-care needs this summer and throughout the year.

“With so many new websites and apps advertising pet sitters and dog walkers, it can be difficult for dog owners to know who they can trust,” explained Paw Play Date owner Katie Stephens. “It’s important that dog owners understand that there are professional dog-sitting and dog-walking businesses that offer peace of mind that other pet-care options cannot.”

Paw Play Date encourages dog owners to do they're due diligence when selecting dog-care providers. News stories of tragedies caused by pet lovers looking to earn extra cash and calling themselves “pet sitters” have become more common as the number of pet-care directory sites has grown and articles have touted pet sitting as an easy side job. While these pet lovers are likely well-intentioned, they often lack the experience, education and insurance coverage needed should a pet emergency or other unfortunate situation occur.

“Just because someone is a pet lover and has a profile on an online directory—or even on a nationally-publicized site—doesn’t ensure he or she is a qualified pet sitter operating a legitimate business,” added Stephens. “In today’s sharing economy anyone can offer their services online, so it’s important for pet owners to take a closer look to ensure they are hiring not just a pet lover, but a pet lover who is also a true pet-care professional.”

Stephens is a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational association for professional pet sitters and dog walkers. 

PSI encourages pet owners to ask any potential pet sitter seven important questions:

  1. Does the pet sitter have the proper business license for your city or state, if required?

  2. Is the pet sitter insured and bonded?

  3. Can the pet sitter provide proof of clear criminal history?

  4. Does the pet sitter provide client references?

  5. Will the pet sitter use a pet-sitting services agreement or contract?

  6. Is the pet sitter a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS™) and/or has he or she participated in other pet-care training, such as pet first aid?

  7. Is the pet sitter a member of a professional and educational association, such as Pet Sitters International?

PSI also advises dog owners to schedule an initial consultation with a potential dog sitter prior to booking services.

Because professional dog sitters come to clients’ homes, dogs’ routines are uninterrupted, exposure to illness is minimized, and they don’t experience the stress of a new environment. dog owners have peace-of-mind that their dogs are well cared for while they are away.

“Finding a dog sitter you trust allows you to leave home truly worry-free,” Stephens said.

To learn more about Paw Play Date, visit or call 970-541-2050.