Here's a plant watering schedule from a client. I LOVE THIS. She even has it laminated! Her feeding and medication schedules are equally detailed. I LOVE THAT. This is what I have come to expect and cherish from my clients -- an organized and detailed daily course of action for me. This keeps everyone on the same page. But note, all of these items have been discussed and okay'd by me as things included with my rate. Naturally, adding things to the schedule without first discussing them may result in an extra fee. The added advantage for the client is that these instructions are already there should family come to visit. ; D It will give them something to do besides sitting on the couch and watching football. ::Imagine the look on their faces::: ; D
My clients always leave me a packet of instructions before they go, which covers feeding & medication, pet-related instructions, and house-related instructions we've already discussed. Pet-related instructions can include, but are not limited to off-limit areas like the bed or couch, dog sleeps in crate, time of last pee before bed, and safe dogwalking areas. House-related instructions cover gas-shut off, fuse box location, laundry machine, dishwasher, tv, location of extra doggy bags, leashes, garbage pickup, gardeners & the gate instructions, housekeeper's arrival, location of spare key or code, "in case of emergency" contacts, vet location and written note to their Vet, which says in case of emergency, please use their credit card on file. The clients can add whatever they think is essential to know in the proper care of their home and pets. I ask my long-time clients if there are any changes that I need to know about. They need to take a moment and really think about it. It's easy to overlook things when life gets busy, but big things change and little things change. For example, the dog treats a dog has always loved now makes him throw up thanks to the antibiotics he's taking. That's a good thing for me to know. I don't want to inadvertently stress out a pet if it can be avoided. And that's really the bottomline, I want a stress-free petsit as much as you and your pets want. The most direct path to that little slice of nirvana is communication and detailed instructions. And I love that.