We have had the chance to house and pet sit in the UK and Europe, for over 20 dogs, two horses and a cat! We’ve learnt a few good things on our travels. Here, we want to share 13 things that you must know if you’re house sitting and pet sitting. Especially important if you’re planning long term travel in this way.


Among our 13 things house and pet sitters MUST know:

Communication with home and pet owners

House rules

Action plan if you or your pet are unwell (especially if you are house and pet sitting overseas)

Emergency plan for if you get locked out – are all contacts and information stored on your phone… can you access it?

Commit to what you’ve agreed to: can you invite friends over; how long should you leave your pets alone for?

What to do if you break something, and the best approach to house care

Find out about special care measures for anxious, older and rescue dogs

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