Why Choose Barkley Square?
The Benefits of Using a Professional Pet Sitter
There are numerous benefits of using a professional pet sitter or dog walker; once you have experienced them, you will become an avid user. Each day when you are away, the professional pet sitter will visit your home to feed, care for and play with your pet. The professional pet sitter will have a responsibility for both your pet and your home, so you should give the selection of your pet sitter serious consideration.
When you hire a professional pet sitter, make sure you take the time for an interview and have all your questions ready. The services offered and fees charged can vary widely. You should find out whether the pet sitter or dog walker is bonded, has commercial liability insurance coverage, and is willing to provide references. Ask for documented proof of these and take the time to check references. Also, it will be important to see how the pet sitter interacts with your pet. Note what information the pet sitter requires from you before taking on an assignment.
Advantages for the Pet
The pet remains in his or her safe, secure environment, where all the sights, smells, and sounds are familiar. The pet follows his or her customary diet and exercise routine and medical treatments. The pet is not exposed to illnesses or parasites from other animals. The pet is not traumatized by travel in a car or unfamiliar environment. The pet receives love and personal attention while the owner is away.
Benefits for the Pet Owner
The pet owner is not inconvenienced or upset by having to transport the pet. The pet owner does not have to impose on a friend, family member or neighbor (who sometimes forgets). The pet owner’s home is made more secure by crime deterrent measures provided by most professional pet sitters. The owner is secure in the knowledge that while he or she is away the pet is in capable and caring hands. The pet owner can utilize other special services provided by most professional pet sitters.
Why Pet Sitting and Not Dog Daycare?
Dog daycare is the most recent and costly option, but not all dogs are cut out for the anxiety and stress that is caused by being placed in a room with 25 other dogs running around, not to mention the issue of dog attacks that are unavoidable and common in these environments. Kennel boarding, although the least expensive option, is not always the safest and best choice for your pets either. Some common kennel boarding issues are stress, depression, anxiety, exposure to illness and impersonal attention.
Why Barkley Square?
Barkley Square is an established in-home professional pet care service catering to the specific needs of both owners and their pets. We are committed to providing the absolute best pet care and offering peace of mind to owners about their home and pets while they are away.
We know you have a choice in professional pet care. So why choose Barkley Square? The most important reason, we believe, is our level of experience. We are a well-established pet care company that has been in business since 1991. This level of experience is uncommon and invaluable in our industry. The other benefits we offer our clients are:
- A wide variety of pet care services, beyond just dog walking, including in-home pet sitting and pet grooming;
- Over 25 highly qualified, experienced petsitters to consistently care for your pet and backup petsitters available in emergencies;
- Industry bonded and insured;
- Live, experienced professional pet care Managers available during normal business hours to discuss your pet care needs with you and schedule your appointments;
- An office in the heart of the Old Town section of Alexandria, Virginia.
Barkley Square prides itself on ensuring the highest quality of all of our products before they are shipped to you. Our gourmet dog treats, gourmet assortments and custom dog birthday cakes are made to order here in Alexandria by Barkley Square and shipped directly to you fresh out of the oven!
What is the difference between Barkley Square and other pet care providers? The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little “extra”. Barkley Square will change a burned out light bulb, sweep up animal hair or the dirt that always seems to follow behind pets. Out petsitters will take care of everything, even vet appointments!