PROFESSIONAL Dog Walkers & Cat Sitters promoting purr…fect Pet Care throughout Michigan


Michigan Pet Sitters.com is a team of experienced Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers, Dog Trainers and Private Dog Boarding Hosts who are always ready to help pets in need!  We promote the care of pets by professional pet sitters though out the state of Michigan. WE ARE THE service provider of choice for many area veterinarians, groomers and YOUR neighbors…every year professional pet sitters help 10’s of thousands of local pets and their Mom’s and Dad’s! The time is now to have a pet sitter on your contact list, don’t wait till you have an emergency. “Great pet sitters know every pet care need is special and unique and will take the time to get to know you and your pets”


To join Michigan Pet Sitters, have an experienced pet care advisor review your Pet Care needs, or find out more information on starting your own pet care business call 18882PETSIT or visit our main business www.ComfyCreatures.com

Dexter from Livonia going for a dog walk with his dog walker
Hi!  My name is Dexter and I live in Livonia!  My Dad sometimes works long days in downtown Detroit, but on those days, my pet sitter takes me for a nice walk!  I love it!

 

What we do and how we do it – in 3 easy steps…
 

1) Contact your pet sitter: Together we’ll establish the perfect care routine for your pet.  Most of our services, like daily dog walking and pet sitting, take place at your residence, but we also offer private dog boarding in a loving sitters home. No matter which option is right for you and your pet, the attention is always one-on-one, caring and professional.

2) Set up a time to meet and get to know your pet sitter before you leave. Take us up on our complimentary play date and witness the bond form between pet and pet-sitter.  Most of our paperwork is done online to save trees and time.  And that way, at the initial meeting, you, your pets, and your pet sitter can spend the time getting to know each other.

3) Come home to happy & healthy pet!  We love what we do and it shows!  In the future you’ll have the same pet sitter, and booking service is easy – online, email, call or text. We aim to make the process as simple, concise and complete as possible!


Typical services Pet Sitters provide:

  • Dog boarding in your home or ours
  • Puppy daycare visits at your home
  • Daily dog walking at your home
  • Cat sitting at your home
  • Sleepovers and overnights at your home

No matter what type of pet care you need, chances are we can help: Cat Sitting, Dog Sitters, Puppy potty breaks, Daily Dog Walkers and Dog Exercise Visits, House Sitting and more!  


Consistency and Dedication

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to establish a relationship with a professional and loving pet sitter that you can count on each and every time you must be away?  After a brief intake visit, your information will be on file, enabling you to schedule your sitter quickly and efficiently via your online profile, or via email, phone call or text. Our visits are customized with fees based on the time and activities spent with your pets.  We happily provide services to domesticated animals of all species, breeds, and sizes.


Michigan Pet Sitters are Tested & Certified in Pet First Aid & CPR with re-certification and testing every 2 years.  Pets naturally hide illness so not to appear weak, it takes special training to recognize many common pet illnesses.  Experience and training make a difference.  If an issue were to arise with your pet; our sitters are more likely to recognize it, more likely to catch it early, and more likely to know how to properly handle it.  We have a veterinarian on call for consultations and we have contacts with all emergency veterinary clinics in the area.  Highly experienced pet sitters can administer most types of pet medications including Sub Q fluids, diabetic injections and manual pilling to keep your pet healthy.  With a professional pet sitter on call if your pet ever needs special medication, you have an alternative to veterinary boarding.

We are a professional alternative to boarding kennels
Boarding Kennels are generally designed to be secure and easy clean…not really comfy

Why put your pet in a cage or kennel when they can be professionally cared for with all the comforts of home – and not competing with dozens of other animals for attention and affection. Whether you are leaving tomorrow on a last-minute emergency, or planning for the future, we are here to help. No pet sitting job is too big or too small! Cat Sitting, Dog Boarding, and more!

 


About our managing business… ComfyCreatures.com is our managing business who oversees membership for Michigan Pet Sitters.com … Comfy Creatures pet sitters are located in and near the following neighborhoods and cities in Michigan: Northville, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Novi, Farmington & Farmington Hills, Westland and Garden City.  They are a full service pet sitting company offering you personalized care for your dog, cat, bird, reptile, hamster, fish or any other animal you may call your pet! Contact them today and schedule your free play date and get to know them, we promise you’ll love them. www.comfycreatures.com

Get the most out of every Pet Sitting Experience

How to get the most out of pet sitting visits

To help you and your pet(s) get the most out of visits from your pet sitter, the following is a collection of helpful tips. Our goal is for you and your pet(s) to have a happy and stress-free experience, while we also meet your pets needs.  By following these suggestions you can reduce the stress your pet may experience when you must leave, maximize the one-on-one time your sitter spends with your pet, and be assured of a smooth experience overall.  Hiring the right pet sitter and following these tips will help ensure that YOUR pets will be happy, comfortable, and safe!  You will have peace of mind, and can enjoy your trip or concentrate on work 🙂

• Book directly online or via email.   Both of these methods provide written record of all communication, outlining your request and any specific instructions, which helps us as we schedule the visit to ensure that we book the proper service and relay your instructions to your pet sitter. Please consider using numeric dates in your requests as this is more precise than indicating “next weekend” or “Monday thru Friday”, and improves accuracy in booking.  Our online system is very user friendly and easy to navigate, but if you forgot your password, or at times we realize it seems easier, so direct email is acceptable too, of course. Our email is comfycreatures@gmail.com.

Know Your Pets Needs – Please consider your pets daily physical and mental needs when deciding which service to book and the time(s) of the visit.  If it typicaly takes you 15 minutes to get your pet to go potty on a walk, it might take a little longer for them to go potty with a new sitter. Please advise us of your timing estimates. When you are traveling, please ensure you provide food sufficient to cover the days you expect to be gone (plus a few meals just in case you are delayed getting back), and a variety of treats and toys available for your pet sitter to distribute, in an easy to find location with PRECISE feeding instructions. Our online system makes it easy to add, update and review your instructions.

Review your Profile & Services – Please keep us updated with any pet care changes and please note there is no such thing as TMI – Too Much Info with your profile. We love details like “Tommy usually hides his favorite toys under the fridge, he’d love it if you fished them out”. Our system is fully transparent and shows you exactly what we see, so there is never any confusion.  

• Pre-package Food or have a dedicated single scoop or cup.  It’s best to keep diets exactly the same when you are gone. Pre-packaging meals in a ziploc bags or dollar store plastic containers, especially if you have more than one pet, can be very helpful.  This accommodates canned, homemade, and raw diets, with supplements added, as well.  Another benefit to pre-packaging is to ensure you have provided enough food. (Even so, it is advisable to pre-package an extra day, just in case you are delayed.)

Pre-draw Medications.  We recommended that you use a pill calendar container or pre-sort pill doses.  We have sitters experienced in administering a variety of medications, including injections, however, we ask that syringes be pre-drawn to ensure correct dosage is administered. 

Do you have a Back-Up Method of Entry?  We love electric locks for ease of use – but keyless entry locks are tied into your electrical system, or operate on batteries, so please make sure batteries are fresh.  In the event of a power outage or other electrical failure, make sure that we have an alternate way to enter your home, such as spare key on file, a realtor-style keysafe (which we can provide if you’d like one), or access to a spare key that you hide or leave with a trusted neighbor or friend.

• Make sure the locks work easily and quickly.  Please make sure that the lock is lubricated and working well.  If you have locks you don’t use (ie: you only use the deadbolt and not the doorknob or vise versa), please put tape over the lock that we should not use.

• Alarm System.  Make sure the system is working properly and that we have button by button instructions for arming and disarming.  Every alarm system is different, so clear and concise keypad location and operating instructions are very important. The name and number of your alarm company should also be on your profile, in the event the alarm is accidentally tripped. If you are not using the alarm, or if it has a tendency to malfunction, please let us know.

 Consolidate food and supplies.  The easier supplies are to find, the more time we’ll have to spend with your pet.  Please try to consolidate food & supplies, storing needed items as close to the work area as possible. (Ex. feeding area, litter area, walking equipment by exit, plants grouped.)

• Litter Box supplies at the ready.  Bags for disposal, extra litter, a sturdy scoop, and a broom or vacuum should be near the litter box area.

 Text or Email Updates.  If you would like to receive daily updates, please let us know and provide the phone number or email address where updates should be sent. (Under the “Custom” tab on your profile, the first line requests this information) Your sitter will keep you apprised of your pets activities daily with pictures, texts, and even video.

Keep things simple.  We LOVE information!  The more information we have, the better we will understand your pets needs.  Please only use handwritten notes for last minute things you may have forgotten, update or emergency numbers, and notes that pertain to the current service (such as notifying us when lawn service will be at your house). Otherwise, it is preferable that all updates be submitted via your profile. This way, Comfy HQ, your primary sitter, and a sitter who may substitute for your sitter, can be aware of your instructions, too.

• Make sure pet gear fits properly and is in good working order.  Collars/harnesses should fit well and never slip off.  They should only be loose enough to fit 2 fingers between the neck and the collar. Also, make sure collars and leashes are not worn out or chewed.

 Neighborhood awareness.  Have there been reports of any trouble in the neighborhood?  Does a nosy neighbor stop by?  Are there loose dogs or wildlife issues nearby?  Please let us know.

 Pet Safety.   Make sure that your fencing is secure and check your yard for any safety issues or potential escape routes before service starts.  If using invisible fencing, please leave instructions for us, ensure that the batteries in the collar are fresh and, just in case, leave leashes for us.  If you would like us to walk your pet in a specific area, make sure it is cleared of any debris, nails, etc.  If there is snow in the forecast, please schedule someone to clear snow and ice from the driveway, walkways, deck, stairs and wherever we are to take your pet.

• Plants and other extras.  Please group indoor plants in one area when possible and have a watering can available.  Please be detailed with your notes for plant care. 

Power saving and Safety.  Unplug as many electric devices as you can, in case of power outages/surges.  If there is anything malfunctioning in your home, please unplug it.  Unplugging appliances will save you money, too.  If an appliance that your sitter might use is not working properly, ie:  vacuum cleaner or can opener, please put a note on it.  Additionally, if your driveway/walkway is dark, and we need to make visits at night, please leave outside lights on, install a motion sensor, or use a timer.

• Paper Towels/Supplies.  Please leave enough paper towels and plastic bags for any cleanups and dirty litter.

• Leave special treats or toys to give your pets while away.   We want our time with your pet to be special.  To help accomplish this, we suggest that you leave a special treat for your sitter to give your pet while you are away.  Choose something they really love, but only get on special occasions.  A container in the fridge with some leftover cooked steak or poultry cut up and ready to serve, or other special treat is perfect. Oh! And don’t forget the catnip 🙂

 Use interactive food toys & games – these are great for mental and physical stimulation – For dogs: Time-tested and virtually indestructible toys such as Kongs, Buster Cubes, IQ Treat Balls, etc. are great (all dogs should have a few Kongs and a couple other food toys available).  We can fill them with a little food to help keep your pet entertained after we leave.  Frozen, stuffed Kongs are the ultimate, long lasting treat; keep some in your freezer and we’ll dole them out and refill them periodically. For cats:  Inexpensive cat toys can be left for your sitter to put out at the end of a visit (tip – “marinate” cat toys in a Ziploc with cat nip!). Lasers and chase pole toys are favorites, too.

Hiring the right pet sitter and following these tips will help ensure that your pets will be happy, comfortable, and safe!  

Recommended Dog Toys with long play life

shield iconWhat are some of the best toys to leave with your pets when you aren’t home?  All pets need lots of toys so they don’t develop bad boredom behaviors, cat’s included. This post is just for dogs though 🙂 As the owner of a successful pet sitting business, I have seen a lot of dog toys…I have bought A LOT of dog toys.  Good dog toys can last years, bad ones can last minutes (and can be dangerous) – but the only way we should price dog toys is by how much “play life” of that toy your dog gets out of it. Of course that all depends on how hard your dog plays – but here are 5 long “play life” dog toys that every dog should have access to.  You can find these at most local pet stores, but links to Amazon are here so you can learn about each toy individually…we have play tested all of these toys 🙂

Kong Brand standard rubber treat dispensing toys…The “gold” standard in dog toys that are safe to leave with most pets home alone…We recommend every dog own at least 3 of these 🙂


1: KONG Classic KONG Dog Toy, Large, Red –
a gold standard of dog toys, hard rubber hollow pear shaped Kongs – they make a lot of variations and imitations of this toy, but this is the best. Most dogs are good with this toy (in large size) even unsupervised – it is fairly indestructible. I have standard red Kongs that have been around for YEARS and they are used on a regular basis. You need to put (shove) a treat in the big end – treat ideas 1 tsp of cream cheese, peanut butter, or hummus spread in the inside then shove (SHOVE!) in a dog biscuit or get creative, you can also use wet and dry dog food to do full meals. I recommend you have 3 Kongs for each dog – One to play with now, one in the dishwasher, and one full in the freezer waiting…

2: KONG Wobbler Treat Dispensing Dog Toy, Large While we are talking about Kongs lets talk about feeding all your pets meals by toys –  I feed most of my personal dog’s meals by interactive dishes or toys to slow down eating. This leads to better digestion and it gets the dogs more active mentally and physically – It’s really a no brainier win win, the dogs love it too. The Kong Wobbler will hold up to 3 CUPS of dry kibble food. But any of the food toys here can be used to feed meals, but the wobbler is one of the few that holds a lot of dry kibble and is easy to fill.

3: Smarter Toys IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy, 5 Inches So the next one is a treat ball, you can fill it with up to about a 1/3 cup of kibble or treats. It can be adjusted to give out the treats really easy or REALLY slow. This will keep a food motivated or smart dog busy for a LONG time once they understand it. My corgi will spend 30+ minutes on it! She loves it and so do I. Highly recommended! 

4: Squeaker Mat Gator 16 Squeaker Plush Dog Toy This one may not have as much “play life” as the others, but if your dog likes squeakers (and what dog doesn’t!!) then this is one of the better ones. It has 16 squeakers, with the idea being your dog will kill most of them, but after a few months there may still be a few functional squeakers left. Every dog should get to play with one of these, at least once. Great holiday gift!

5: Tail Teaser Dog Toy Exercise Training Toy with Replacement Squeaker, Large
Dog Toy Chase Pole – Great for indoor use if you have the space, but good outdoors too. Also good for dogs that like to chase the ball, but don’t always bring it back 🙂

Why everyone needs a professional dog walker

Every dog and their owner can benefit from a professional dog walker…

It’s official! Dogs LOVE going for walks!

  • According to the AVS, all adult dog breeds benefit from at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise – every day. 
  • In studies, dogs who walked with a human for 30 minutes per day lived longer and reported fewer incidences of heart disease. 
  • Daily dog walking service can also greatly speed up potty training, allowing you to keep your pup on a steady potty schedule 7 days a week.
  • Regular dog exercise services can keep destructive behaviors at bay. We play fetch in the yard, walk around the block, or do a neighborhood run. Our sitters will take your pup(s) out to go potty, give them fresh water and a treat, but most important, engage your dog mentally and physically to contribute to your dogs happiness and health, and help him expend that pent-up energy. 
  • What if YOU experience an emergency?  Pet sitters are your backup!  Wallet cards and window clings should include your pet sitter…good pet care companies will provide wallet cards and window clings.

To sign up…

  1. Contact Us – At minimum we need to know your address and time frame + days of the week and general pet needs. If you want to only sign up for emergency service just let us know when you contact us. 
  2. We’ll confirm if we can handle your needs – Management will confirm more details and who exactly your primary sitter would be and if we have enough staff in your area / timeframe to offer 100% back up coverage.
  3. Let us know your availability – we want to set up a time for us to come out and meet you and your pets and go over the routine you’d like us to follow.
  4. Profile Details – We want to know all we can about your pet care needs BEFORE our first meeting. We are going to send you a secure link and password to access a pet care profile and account with us.  This will help us prepare for meeting your pets for the 1st time because we want to set the best tone with your pets for a great relationship. Also, filling it in, online and ahead of time, makes the meeting more productive, as it gives you time to think about your answers and us time to review and then we can fill in any gaps, in person, at the meeting itself. 
  5. Meet Your Sitter – We’ll meet at your home, so you and your pet can get to know us. We bring a portfolio that includes copies of our insurance and bonding.
  6. Reservations – Once the meeting is complete, you can reserve service anytime anywhere. You’ll also receive wallet cards and window clings at the meeting for access to our Emergency Concierge services. 

Why hire a Professional Pet Sitter?

When properly set up, in home care is the best option for the vast majority of all pets.
With proper set up and oversight, in home care with a professional pet sitter is the safest option for dogs and cats and it’s what pets are most comfortable with.
Non-professional pet sitter… Comfy Creatures knows the importance of following directions and routine when it comes to pet care.  With our detailed online profile, you and your pet sitter always have access to your latest instructions and updates.

Pets enjoy:

  • Staying at home in their safe and secure environment
  • Being surrounded by familiar sights, smells, and sounds
  • Following their regular diet and exercise routine
  • Playtime and receiving personal time and attention
  • Eliminating the trauma of moving them to an unfamiliar environment
  • Ensuring good health and negating exposure to other animal’s illnesses or parasites

Pet parents enjoy:

  • Knowing their pet is in caring hands
  • Having the confidence that a professional sitter can deal with issues such as emergencies, as well as taking care of grooming and vet visits
  • Eliminating the trauma of having to transport and leave pets behind
  • Not having to impose on family, friends, or neighbors
  • Feeling their home is more secure with a professional checking in regularly

Learn why Comfy Creatures is the top rated pet sitter…