Does your Dog Walker or Pet Sitter need a DBS background check?
- Choosing a professional to look after pets in your own home is a complicated process
- A Client will need to place an enormous amount of trust in their dog walker as they allow them to enter their homes to pick up their pets for walking
- Is a DBS background check important for a pet sitter?
The business of Dog Walking and Pet Sitting is growing quite rapidly, and many customers ask “Do you have a DBS background check?” Of course, the answer every time is YES!
Dog Walkers are in business to walk your dog while you are unable to do so, sometimes when you’re at work, at a meeting or even away from home for the weekend. The majority of our customers issue us with keys to their homes, alarm codes, access to your valuables and possessions and of course we know your daily routine, when you leave for work and return and when you are away from home on holiday.
A DBS check for dog walkers or pet sitters
When you are deciding on a dog walker or someone to visit your home and feed your cat, it’s vital that they are able to provide a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). If you feel it necessary for confirmation, telephone the company that carried out the background screening to request confirmation of a clear criminal past and that no changes have been made to the report. A Basic Disclosure check will show any criminal convictions that the applicant has.
How long is a DBS check valid for?
Actually, a Basic Disclosure check and DBS background check have no expiry date. The information reported on the date of release of the check is accurate on that date but there is no official expiry date, however an applicant can apply to the DBS Update Service periodically to have their check renewed.
Do your research when hiring a pet sitter or dog walker
When you leave your pets at home, in the care of another person, you want total piece of mind that your animals are safe. Always ask to see a copy of the pet sitter’s background check, call for references and do your research. By doing all of these, you should at least have no worries and know that you have hired a trustworthy, reputable person to care for your pet’s needs.
Important questions to ask your Dog Walker when hiring:
- Do you have a clear criminal DBS check?
- Do you have references from other customers?
- Can your references be checked – are they from dog groomers/vets/current customers?
- Are you insured for Public Liability?
- Do you have a cancellation policy / contract / payment terms?
- Are you a member of any Pet associations?
- Do you have any First Aid qualifications?
- How do you take care of your client’s keys and alarm codes?
- Do you have anyone to accompany you on your home visits?
Choosing your dog walker or pet sitter isn’t an easy process as both you and your pet need someone who is the right fit for your needs. What is fine for one client my not suit another, so don’t be afraid to ask many questions. Your dog will appreciate the time you take to find their new friend!