FAQ | Pet Sitting Dog Walking House Sitting | South Shore


How does a client go about getting started?     Watch Video

Clients can contact us by email or phone to ask questions and learn about our services. When you’re ready to get started, you will register as a client in our professional pet sitting software. Once we have collected your client and pet profiles, we will schedule a Face to Snout registration meeting so everyone gets comfy with each other. We will go over pet sitting procedures, special needs, and your pet’s routine including leashing up and a brief walk for new canine clients. Once the meeting has taken place you are free to start requesting services.  It may take a few days to get this meeting scheduled with one of our team members as we fit these meetings in around the sitter’s daily pet care visits. There is a $15 fee for the Face to Snout meeting. This fee covers all administrative costs related to your new account.

What time do the sitters make their rounds and how long do they stay?

Our pet sitters can visit client’s homes up to 4 times per day. We have a variety of time block options:

Early Morning (6:00am – 9:00am)
Mid Morning (9:00am – 11:00am)
Early Afternoon (11:00am – 2:00pm)
Mid Afternoon (2:00pm – 4:00pm)
Late Afternoon/Dinner (4:00pm – 6:00pm)
Evening/Bedtime (8:00pm – 10:00pm) **

** Please note all visits within the Evening/Bedtime block include a $5 late night fee which goes directly to your pet sitter.

No longer than 12 hours ever goes in between pet sitting visits for dogs. For example, if your dog was visited at 8pm, our sitter will arrive to your home no later than 8am the following morning.

We offer 15-minute, 30-minute, 45-minute and 60-minute visits. The client can mix and match to customize the best plan for his or her pet.

After a client has completed their Face to Snout registration meeting they can schedule service anytime?

Yes! After we meet with you and your pet in your South Shore home, new clients can access their secure account to request services, check their personal service calendar, update their billing information, client information and pet profiles as well as update their password. It’s a versatile tool that you will love!  All scheduling requests are confirmed during our regular business hours, which are 8AM – 5PM Monday through Friday. 

What is your inclement weather policy?

During inclement weather and extremes in temperature, it is important for us to take into consideration the length of time dogs spend outside.  Some pooches can handle the extreme weather better than others.  We will use our best judgment on how long to keep your pet outdoors unless you have a specific request.  The visit time will remain the same, however some of that time may simply be spent indoors playing and giving affection.

If there is an impending blizzard, hurricane or Nor’easter coming, we will send an email to clients asking anyone who plans on being home due to the storm to cancel their visits and we reserve the right to cancel these visits ourselves in order to keep our team safe and off the roads.  Last minute cancellation fees will be waived.  Our utmost concern will be to pets who don’t have an owner at home to care for them during hazardous weather.  If you are out of town, we will be there to care for your pet.

How do you accept payment?

Visa, Mastercard or Discover

When do I pay?

Payment in full is required at the start of your first visit.

Is there a cancellation policy?

Please click here to see our cancellation policy.

How about last minute requests?

We’re happy to schedule pet care for last-minute needs, 99% of the time we will have a sitter available.  We do charge a $10 late booking fee for visits scheduled without 24-hours notice. All scheduling requests are confirmed during our regular business hours, which are 8AM-5PM Monday through Friday. For example, if a client requests service on Monday night for service on Tuesday the $10 fee will apply.

What happens if my regular overnight sitter is not available? (Pet Lodging & Overnight House Sitting)

Our team is full of amazing pet sitters that would love to care for our client’s pets if their primary overnight sitter is not available. Since all of our client’s pet care information is stored in our secure database, it’s really not necessary to meet with an alternate sitter.  We’re happy to coordinate a phone call with your alternate sitter to put your mind at ease.  If however, the client feels more comfortable meeting their alternate sitter in person, we will schedule a Pre-Departure Meeting. The cost of this meeting is $15, which covers the sitter’s time.

What is Heidi’s Hounds refund policy?

There are no refunds for services rendered.

A credit will be added to your account if you have prepaid and service is cancelled within our cancellation policy.

There are no refunds on discounted dog walking packages.

Are there extra costs for services on holidays?

A $10 surcharge per visit plus the standard service rate applies for the following holidays: New Years Eve, New Years Day, President’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The surcharge goes to our awesome sitters who work on the holidays! You can read more about our services and rates here.

What does it mean that you are bonded and insured?

A dishonesty bond gives you peace of mind that you will be reimbursed if anything is stolen from your home. We also carry a liability insurance policy that protects you from financial loss in the event that we are liable for accidents that occur while caring for our client’s pets. We are happy to provide our clients with proof of insurance and our bond.

  • Love the pics you always take! Thanks for taking such good care of Ripley. He was so excited when he saw you today!

    Leslie Rakauskas /Hingham, MA
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    Julie Pollick-Driggs / Hingham, MA
  • Just wanted to thank you for taking such good care of Riley and Annie for my sister in law. She called me to say how wonderful you were and how happy she was to have found you! For me, you have saved me from the responsibility of being a great sister in law and offering to take care of the dogs when they go away.

    Susan Boyd / Hingham, MA