Pet sitting is a service and, like all service businesses, tipping is not required but is always appreciated. A pet sitter works hard to ensure that your pets are happy and safe while you are away from home and many pet sitters go above and beyond the call of duty. Tipping your pet sitter for a job well done shows your appreciation.
1 Consider the effort and amount of time that was required by your pet sitter when deciding if you want to tip and how much. If your pet sitter performed extra jobs while taking care of your pets such as bringing in the mail, giving medications to your pets or watering the plants, that should be considered. Adjust the tip to thank her for the extra services.
2 Go with the standard. It is considered a generous tip in all service industries if you tip twenty percent of the total bill. Depending on the service provided, a tip between ten and twenty percent will be welcome and appreciated.
3 Bring back a gift from your trip. As an alternative to giving your pet sitter a cash tip, you could consider bringing him back a gift. He might appreciate Kona coffee from Hawaii or Salt Water taffy from Florida.
4 Remember your pet sitter during the holidays whether or not tipping is part of your normal routine with your pet sitter. While others are relaxing and enjoying their holiday with family, many pet sitters are hard at work taking care of the pets left at home.
5 Show your appreciation for your pet sitter’s dedication and care in other ways too. Don’t forget to say “Thank you” and to let him know that you appreciate all that he does for your pets. When you leave your instruction sheet for your pet sitter, leave a thank you note, small gift or tip.
6 Refer a friend or write a review online on yelp or google!! The best tip is the referral!
This article was taken from ehow.com and modified by New York Dog Nanny.