Our Most Asked Questions
- What are the advantages for my pet when using Grand Paws Pet Sitter?
- There are many advantages to using our service. Your pets will have reduced stress by staying in their own secure environment verses having to be transported to a boarding facility where they are in a foreign place. They are the happiest when kept on their current diet and exercise routine and surrounded by familiar sights, sounds, and smells. With our service there is minimal exposure to illness from other animals such as kennel cough, canine influenza, parasites and other unfortunate hazards.
- How much does it cost to use your service?
- That depends on the number of pets you have and the type of service you request. Many of our kitty clients only need one to two visits per day while our adult dog clients may need two to three visits per day. Some clients want us to spend the night in their home with their pets, and some clients just want us to walk their dog while they are at work. All service is customized to the needs of your individual pets. For a complete breakdown of services and fees, please refer to our Services page.
- Do I get to meet my pet sitter before service begins?
- Most definitely. When you become a client of Grand Paws Pet Sitter, we always schedule a free consultation for you to meet your sitter and let your pet get to know them. At this time you will discuss your pet's routines, habits and any relevant information concerning the care for your pet and your home. Click here to meet our team.
- How do you hire your pet sitters/dog walkers?
- As employees of Grand Paws Pet Sitter, all of our sitters are bonded and insured under our company insurance policy. Applicants are required to provide professional and personal references, two forms of identification showing eligibility to work in the United States, and must be willing to submit to random drug testing. Their references are contacted and verified in detail as to the validity of their work history and personal integrity. Extensive criminal background screenings are conducted by the Integrity Center, a licensed agency in the state of Texas. We look for mature, educated candidates with good communication skills and an innate love for animals. Once hired, our employees enter a training process designed to fulfill the standards of Grand Paws Pet Sitter. Our client-specific protocol is tailored to ensure the health, safety, and comfort of each pet entrusted in our care. All of our employees understand the gravity of the responsibility and privilege in caring for your precious pet.
- What time of the day/evening do you come and see my pet?
- We try and keep your pet(s) on the same schedule as you do, within reason. We ask for a two-hour time window to make our visits in. For example, if you wanted a morning and an evening visit, you might request between 7-9 am and 7-9 pm as a time window. If your pet only gets two visits per day, then our visits are no more than 12 hours apart. If they get three or more visits per day, then we have more flexibility in the time frames. Of course, if your pet is on medication, then we come at more designated times. We can come up to five times per day.
- I'm interested in your dog walking service; but will my dog be walked with other dogs, like I see on TV?
- For the safety and security of your dog, we do not walk your dog with other clients' dogs. Each client gets their own specified walk time where we care only for their pet. It is also our policy not to let the dogs in our custody go up to other dogs, while we are out. This prevents any kind of sudden mishap between them and any transmission of illness or parasite. If you have more than one dog, we will be happy to walk them together as long as it is safe for them and our sitter.
- What if my sitter has an emergency and cannot make it to my home?
- Our staff is a team of professional sitters; and we are all are qualified to step in, when there is an emergency with your primary sitter. We are available 365 days a year, and someone is always on call for last-minute emergencies.
- Will you still come see my pet, if there is a weather emergency such as snow, ice or a bad storm?
- Absolutely. Our sitters all live within close proximity to the clients they serve, having better accessibility to your home than if they lived far away. We use great caution in getting to our clients homes in severe weather, and you can be assured we will be there for your pets. We work in all weather conditions; and our priority is to get to your pet and make sure their needs are met, even during inclement weather. We do not endanger them by forcing them to walk on ice or during a lightening/thunderstorm, but we make sure they can relieve themselves. When initially meeting with you, we ask for an emergency contact, such as a close neighbor or friend, who could be available if the roads were impassable. Thank goodness, in this part of the country, that doesn't happen very often!
- Should my pet become ill while I'm gone, do you take them to the vet?
- We keep your preferred veterinary information with us at all times and will transport your pet to your vet, if we feel it is absolutely necessary. Of course, we would try to reach you first; but should we be unsuccessful, that would not prohibit us taking them for treatment. We are familiar with all the local emergency clinics and have a veterinarian on call for those clients who do not have an established veterinarian. Our priority is your pets' health and well being at all times.
- Can you give my pet medications?
- Yes. We will administer pills, liquids, ear and eye drops, injections and subcutaneous fluids based on our ability to assign a sitter to you that is experienced in your pet's particular type of medication. Many of the pets we see are on some sort of medication at one time or another.
- What happens if my arrival time back home gets delayed, will you continue to see my pet?
- We ask all of our clients to call us upon their return so we know they made it home safely. Unfortunately many clients forget or are just too tired. Should you get delayed and need us for a longer period of time, please call and let us know and leave a number to call you back. We will return your call and confirm that we will continue seeing your pet until you return.
- Do you carry liability insurance, and are your sitters bonded?
- Yes. We are bonded, insured and a member of The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International.
- Do you have references, and may I call them?
- We will be happy to give you names and numbers of current clients who can attest to the quality of our service. Let us know what neighborhood you live in, and we will put you in touch with some of your neighbors that use our service.
- Where are you located, and what are your office hours?
- We have a business office in Collin County, and our sitters live and work in the neighborhoods they serve, including West Plano, Addison, Far North Dallas, Frisco, Carrollton and The Colony. Our business hours for returning calls are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm. The phones are monitored 24 hours a day for emergencies, and we will return your call without delay. If you call after hours and it isn't an emergency, then your call will be returned during our normal business hours.
- Once I'm a client, how far in advance do I need to book service?
- We ask you to book as far in advance as possible to guarantee availability. Often clients book with only 24-48 hours notice, and we are able to accommodate them. We do charge a last minute fee, if non-holiday service is booked with less than 24 hours notice. Any holiday service booked with less than one weeks notice is subject to a last-minute fee as well. We do not over book ourselves, and any last-minute reservations will have to fit into our scheduling. Holiday bookings should be a minimum of 1-2 weeks in advance in order to secure a reservation. Holiday service includes the days surrounding: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Spring Break, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.
- What is your cancellation policy?
- We require 24 hours notice on all non-holiday cancellations for a refund or credit. Any holiday service requires notice of cancellation at least one week prior to the start of service. Otherwise, we charge 50% of the entire service booked. Once holiday service has begun, we do not give refunds for returning early or cancellations. Overnight service requires a 50%, non-refundable deposit to reserve a sitter to stay on the premises overnight.
- How do I pay you, and do you accept gratuities?
- Payment is always due at time of service. You may pay by check or cash. Gratuities are never expected but always appreciated for exceptional service. 100% of the gratuities go to the sitter performing the service.
- Your company sounds very professional and fun to be a part of. How can I become one of your pet sitters?
- We are always looking for professional, trustworthy, and mature pet lovers to join our team. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Grand Paws Pet Sitter, please call us at 972-931-0054 or click on the link "Join our Team."
"It is such a relief for us to be able to use Dana and Grand Paws services. She makes us feel as though our dogs are the only ones she has to care for! She is always upbeat and professional. We know that if an emergency should occur, our pets would be provided for. I do highly recommend Grand Paws!"
Sheri and Todd Bell,