Rover In Home Pet Sitting for Travelers and Animal Lovers

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As a pet mom who travels often, I know how important it is to find excellent, reliable care for my dogs while I’m away. offers in home pet sitting and animal lodging options in the pet sitter’s residence, plus dog-walking services and drop-by pet visits. Animal lovers seeking income will also appreciate Rover for the opportunity to earn money doing something they enjoy…spending time with dogs, cats and other pets. Whether you’re looking for a pet sitter, or you want to become one yourself, take a look at these dos and don’ts of using

Lapdog with ball at home

My lapdog, Mickey, at home (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

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Do consider in home pet sitting.

The idea for grew out of a negative experience co-founder Greg Gottesman had with his dog at a traditional kennel. He was on vacation when his dog, Ruby Tuesday, was injured at a high-end boarding kennel in Seattle. When his 9-year-old daughter said she would have paid to take care of someone else’s dog, Gottesman saw a business. He and his team pitched the idea for, a website connecting dog owners with dog sitters, at the 2011 Startup Weekend in Seattle and won top prize. sitter playing with dog at park

Keep your dog active with (Photo credit: eldadcarin,

Don’t book a pet sitter without reading ratings.

Before booking pet sitting, be sure to read user reviews. A 5-star rating is the highest compliment a sitter can earn, and there are many of them on In fact, 97 percent of Rover sitters receive 5-star reviews! These ratings are based on reviews written by owners whose pets have completed stays with them. To learn how a sitter is likely to care for someone’s dog, pet parents should read those reviews and testimonials from the sitter’s former clients.

Dog in backyard with ball

My “big” dog, Pongo, in our backyard (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Do look for background checks.

All pet sitters and dog walkers must undergo a background check. Based on social security number, full name and address — third party Checkr makes sure sitters are aren’t registered sex offenders or on a terrorist watch list. They also search the National Criminal Database for any disqualifying criminal offenses.

A background check badge with green star on indicates that the sitter has also undergone an enhanced check. This means a comprehensive manual search of county court records has been completed based on the person’s address history over the last seven years.

Pet sitter with dog

Read about potential pet sitters on (Photo credit:,

Do a meet and greet with your potential pet sitter.

Rover encourages each sitter and pet parent to schedule an in-person meet and greet before booking a stay. It’s the best way to observe how the sitter and your pet get along to determine whether it’s a good match for your family.

Cat with pet sitter

Rover sitters watch cats, too! (Photo credit: AllaSerebrina,

Don’t forget about other pets.

Rover isn’t just for dogs! Sitters on Rover have looked after cats, birds, horses, pigs, and even lizards and fish. Take a look at drop-in or in-home animal sitters now.

Dog and cat together

Keep pets together when you travel (Photo credit: pyotr021,

Do earn extra income with

Pet sitters and dog walkers on Rover can earn $1,000 or more per month. Each person has the freedom to choose his or her offered services, schedule and rates. One of the added benefits is that Rover sitters can work from their own home and they can schedule their work around their availability.

Start by visiting to create a free account and apply online. Click ‘Become a Sitter’ for information about starting a sitting business with Rover. Then click ‘Create your profile’ to begin the application. Once you have answered the questions and finished the first part of the application, you’ll create a testimonial and complete other actions to enhance your profile. Each new sitter and dog walker also completes a general background check and a safety quiz. The Rover team then manually reviews each sitter and dog walker profile. See if you qualify to become a dog walker or pet sitter on today!

Dog owner signing up for

Sign up for today! (Photo credit: HighwayStarz,

Don’t skip travel because of your pets.

Feeling nervous about leaving your furry friend while you travel? Don’t be! is both the largest and the fastest-growing network of dog lovers with over 300,000+ pet sitters in 34,000+ cities in the U.S. and Europe. Rover also offers support before, during, and after the stay with complimentary premium insurance for all services booked through the platform. You can also expect emergency support, a reservation guarantee, 24/7 access to vet consultation, mobile apps, photo sharing, videos of stay highlights, and sitter background checks.

Do use a discount!

Ready to hit the road and leave your pet in capable, loving care? Get $20 off when you sign up for Rover here! in-home pet sitting tips

Do save these in home pet sitter tips for travelers!

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Animal lovers will also want to check out our tips for traveling with pets and this list of the best hotels for pets in North America.

Would your pet prefer a traditional kennel or in home pet setting with Rover? Let us know in the comments below!

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    That sounds like so much fun for any animal lover. I love the idea of getting paid to have time with the pooches!

  2. Reesa Lewandowski says

    This is great to know! My dog is older and I won’t put him in boarding. This is a great option!

  3. This sounds like a great site. I have never heard of it.

  4. This sounds like a great service for dog lovers who want to travel. ITs also great for people like me who don’t want To board their pets.

  5. This is such a nice idea. Being able to drop off your pet somewhere you can trust sounds really nice. The ratings and background check badges are really nice features.

  6. Janell Poulette says

    Wow this sounds like a wonderful service. Although i don’t have any dogs, many of my friends do and they travel a lot. This would be very beneficial to them and they could travel with ease knowing they’re pets are in good hands.

  7. Rover sounds like a great service! My female boxer was too high energy for our local kennel and they kicked her out. We’d definitely use the service to find someone who can handle her needs while we travel!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Oh, I love boxers! I hope you find a wonderful pet sitter for your high energy pup on

  8. Tonia Sanders @TheChattyMomma says

    I’ll have to share this info with our neighbor. She travels a lot and if we can’t watch her pets then she can use Rover.

  9. What a great service for both pet owners and animal lovers. There’s many times that we don’t get to go places because I hate the thought of leaving our furbabies in a kennel.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Kristin – I know what you mean. I feel so much more comfortable when my dog is home with a good sitter.

  10. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    Such an awesome idea! Such a win win for pet owners and dog lovers who wants to earn!

  11. Ourfamilyworld says

    This is a great idea.. Very good service and helpful for animal lovers and owners.

  12. dana vento says

    This is perfect ideas for the travelers who needs a help to take care their pets while they are on a trip.

  13. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    This looks like a great service for pet owners.
    Also, it looks like a nice opportunity for employment for pet lovers!

  14. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I will have to check out Rover. It would be a great way for my Sister to make some extra cash. Is is a huge animal lover and has the perfect house and yard for it.

  15. I often travel with my dog, but there are times that it’s just not practical to take him with us and the kids are busy and not always able to give him the attention he needs. This service would be perfect. And I wouldn’t mind watching someone else’s pet either.

  16. What a great idea. So many pet owners like to travel with their pets but not all places are pet friendly so this great for when the owner wants to eat out or enjoy a museum where pets aren’t welcome.

  17. I love this idea. I dont have pets but I have plenty of friends who do and always looking to see if someone would watch their pet. This is a great option if someone couldnt find a family friend to do it.

  18. Dawn McAlexander says

    That would be great for travelers like myself. I hate leaving my poor dogs here alone when I am traveling. I should take advantage of this service.

  19. It’s nice to know your pets are somewhere you can trust while you travel. It would be hard to enjoy yourself if you had to worry.

  20. Joyce Brewer says

    I live in Atlanta where there seems to be more pets than people. There’s always a need for pet sitters.

  21. Louise Bishop says

    This is SO important to me. I’m always scared to leave them with strangers.

  22. Christina Aliperti says

    This is an amazing service. We can’t leave our furbabies with just anyone, so this is perfect.

  23. I work from home and I love being able to have someone come to my house to care for my pets.

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