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What is Home-based Puppy Sitting?

Puppy Sitting also known as Dog Baby Sitting, Pet Boarding, Dog Minding, or Pet Sitting which is a service which involves taking care of another person's Puppy for a given time frame in the Dog Sitter's own home.

How do I find home-based Puppy Sitters near me?


Find Home-based Puppy Sitting near you

Download the PetCloud App, search for Puppy Sitters in your area, read the reviews and select the best sitter for you.


Meet and Greet

Meet your chosen Puppy Sitter at the proposed location of care before the stay.


Finalise Your Booking

Seamlessly book and securely pay using the PetCloud digital wallet.


Pack, Travel and Relax

Pack your bags, drop off your Dog and relax knowing they are in the best care.

When should you book care in Home-based Puppy Sitters?

If you are a Breeder of puppies or a new Puppy Owner and you want to book your puppy to stay in Sitter’s private family home to experience love and cuddles, and sharing a bed at night, rather than being placed in a cage at a commercial boarding kennel.

How does a Puppy Sitter differ from a Pet Sitter?

Puppies require higher supervision than full grown dogs and require toileting every 2 hours. Puppies may be anxious or grizzly throughout the night and will need lots of cuddles, patting, and soothing reassurance in a soft voice. They may require food and water frequently, but in small doses, and will need a comfort toy and to be kept warm and snug on cool nights. Puppy Sitters have a higher amount of patience for untoilet trained puppies, knowing that they are learning. So the right puppy Sitter will not have a carpeted area. They will use pet safe household cleaning products and they will frequently clean up after toilet accidents.

In what locations does PetCloud have Puppy Baby Sitters near?

Whether you are in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin or even Alice Springs – PetCloud has Puppy Sitters nationally, right across Australia.

What makes PetCloud different?

PetCloud’s strong focus on animal welfare and human safety is due to guidance from RSPCA Senior Vets, Foster Carers, Animal Inspectors, and Dog Trainers. PetCloud has been helping Dog Sitters to lead the industry in providing a safe standard of holiday care. PetCloud is part-owned by RSPCA Qld.

When you book Home-based Dog Boarding through PetCloud the benefits are:

  • Daily photo updates on Wellness & Activity sent by the sitter to you
  • Meet in person before your card is charged
  • Liability Insurance up to $10M covering Vet treatment for illness + injuries
  • National Customer Support by RSPCA Qld on shore, in Australia.
  • Compatibility Guarantee – Find a Great Match or we'll help you find better or happily refund you.

If you'd like to connect with a reviewed and verified Puppy Sitter near you, PetCloud’s unique Dog Jobs Board is the fastest way to connect with a local sitter. All you do is Post a Job this will send out an alert in a 25km radius and available Sitters will apply.

You can also do a location based search by typing your suburb into the search bar to filter for listing of home-based Dog sitters near you.

What does a Professional Home-based Puppy Sitter do?

Professional Puppy Sitters are responsible for all basic puppy care while their clients are on holidays or travelling for work.

They will also:

  • Supervise pet Dogs ensuring they are safe and happy
  • Give daily nose to tail body checks for lumps, scrapes, ticks, and bumps
  • Give first aid attention to hot spots or scrapes
  • Do daily feeding, putting out fresh water in cleaned bowls every morning and evening. Owners provide all food.
  • Brushing and washing Dogs
  • Transporting Dogs to Vet or Grooming Appointments
  • Administering medicine or parasite control provided by the Owner
  • Taking dogs on walks, and providing exercise through play
  • Cleaning kitty litter boxes, puppy pads,or picking up stools in the yard and placing in the wheelie bin
  • Providing a daily photo update to the Owner with a small wellness & activity summary.
  • Notifying owners and taking Dogs to the vet if they should become sick or suffer an injury while under their supervision

PetCloud’s Home-based Dog Boarding nearby are Police Checked

On PetCloud we display Digital badges that show what verifications and qualifications Sitters have obtained.

Professional Puppy Sitters nearby are trained in Animal Care and can spot warning signs if your Dog needs veterinary attention.

They are experienced in understanding what is normal behaviour for Puppies versus behaviour such as;

  • Odd eating habits.
  • Excessive thirst.
  • Rough or dry coat.
  • Lethargy.
  • Vomiting.
  • Unusual stool.
  • Sudden weight loss.
  • Cloudy or red eyes.
  • Scooting or dragging rear
  • Emergency symptoms

Professional Puppy Sitters will always have a Meet & Greet in advance

Having a Meet and Greet property inspection at the Dog Sitters home in advance of the stay allows:

  • Puppy Sitters and Owners to take joint responsibility to ensure the property is escape-proof and hazard-free and suitable for the size and type of Dog, and if not, discuss whether a solution exists to resolve if possible.
  • Both Puppy Sitter and Puppy Owner are to observe interactions to try and predict whether all puppies, Children, and Sitters will likely be compatible.

Home-based Puppy Boarding is Insured

When you book through PetCloud every booking is covered with $10M public liability insurance. If a Puppy swallows an object or suffers injury and requires surgery, the Vet bill can amount to as high as $16,000. By booking through PetCloud, you can feel reassured that our insurance will cover liability claims.

What sorts of breeds of puppies do PetCloud Puppy Sitters look after?

All breeds of domestic Dogs mentioned, except dangerous dog breeds mentioned.

How do I identify a great Puppy Sitter?

Great Puppy Sitters are:

  1. Insured with public liability insurance, (insured through PetCloud)
  2. Have passed a Police Check (PetCloud checks this)
  3. Have a high number of repeat clients and
  4. Five star reviews, and
  5. Prompt in reply and clear communication with you
  6. Have done a Dog Care Course, such as our industry leading RSPCA Qld Dog Sitting course - as this course trains sitters in animal care to the standard that the RSPCA expects
  7. Requests a Meet & Greet with you at the proposed location of care in advance of the Dog stay.

Also take note of great traits that Home-based Puppy Boarding should have.

What Verifications do Puppy Sitters have?

Each PetCloud Dog Sitter has clear digital verification badges that display the police verifications they have attained.

What Training do Puppy Sitters have?

Each Sitter must sit the online pet care training course created by RSPCA Vets. Once they have completed the course, their profile will display an accredited badge.

Professional Puppy Sitters are trained in Animal Welfare standards

Professional Puppy Sitters are trained by a recognised industry Dog care course. They are experienced in working with all types of Dog types, breeds, and temperaments and will know how to tailor your Dog’s care based on their unique likes, triggers, fears, and habits.

PetCloud's Dog Sitter's and Dog Walkers uphold the Animal Welfare 5 Freedoms that are internationally accepted standards of Dog care that affirm every living being's right to humane treatment which are:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst.
  • Freedom from discomfort.
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease.
  • Freedom to express normal behaviours.
  • Freedom from fear and distress.

What interview questions do I ask Home-based Puppy Sitters?

PetCloud will provide you with a set of interview questions and checks when you join. It’s free to join.

How does Home Puppy Sitting work?

Both Dog Owners and Dog Sitters join the PetCloud website free. Dog Owners can Post a Job and this will send out a job alert in a 25km radius and available sitters will apply. You review their profiles, and then click to request a Meet & Greet with the Sitter you select.

When do I pay for my Booking and how?

After the Meet & Greet, but before the stay begins you will be shown a link to pay via your PetCloud inbox by the Pet Sitter when they click “Preapprove”. The Sitter will only receive payment at the end of the stay by PetCloud. Never pay Dog Sitters directly. Always pay via the website as your Dog will be protected with insurance against big Vet Bills that may occur in the event of illness or accidental injury.

How much do you pay Home-based Puppy Baby Sitters?

When you create a booking, the website will provide you with an upfront estimate.

As a rough guide, Puppy Sitters charge $20-$40 a day on average, depending on the services involved and depending on whether they are in metro, or regional areas.

The average cost of a 20-minute home visit is $40, while overnight Dog-sitting costs $20-$55. Discounts may be given if there are multiple Dogs, and longer stays.

Vet Nurse Dog sitters will often charge more for 24-hour Supervision, additional Dogs, and bookings over public holidays when demand is high from many Dog Owners going away on holiday.

Every booking makes an impact

Read more about the impact you make when you book Dog Sitting for your Dog through PetCloud.

Why choose home-based Dog boarding?

PetCloud Dog Sitters keep Dogs safe and happy in a home environment. That’s why all our members are home-based Dog Sitters. Vets agree home is the one place all Dogs feel safe and happy, you can travel with true peace of mind.

PetCloud has different types of services that our home-based Dog Sitters offer:

  1. Dog Sitters who offer overnight care for your Dog in their home,
  2. House Sitters to come and stay overnight in a Guest bedroom at your home for a period of time if you own multiple Dogs or large Dogs,
  3. Dog Sitters who do Home Visits to your home where Home-based Dog Boarding will drive over & call in once or twice a day for 20 minutes to feed and top up water in your Dogs bowls.

Puppy Dog Sitters

PetCloud has Puppy Dog Sitters who will have your puppy stay at their loving home. Use the Advanced Search filter to specify your puppy’s needs.

Senior Dog Sitters

Use PetCloud’s Advanced Search Filters to find Sitters who have homes without steps and ramps for senior pets. If you provide high quality washable Pet Nappies if your pet is incontinent, this will make the stay much easier for your chosen Home-based Dog Border.

Big Dog Sitters

PetCloud has strong big dog sitters with high fenced backyards. We also have House Sitters who can come to stay at your home with your big dog.

Special Needs Dog Care

PetCloud has an advanced search filter on the Search Results screen where Dog Owners can filter to find Vet Nurse Dog Sitters who have had their Vet Nurse Qualifications verified and have been allocated a Vet Nurse digital badge.

Dog Owners love our local Dog sitters whether it’s because it’s easier to meet in person or they want someone who already knows the best dog walks, many people are looking for local Dog sitters in particular.

Pet Owner Reviews

Members across Australia tell us their lives have changed thanks to Dog sitting. From local Dog sitters who tell us it’s filled a gap in their life left by the loss of their own Dog, to dedicated Dog Owners who can finally take a well-deserved break, there are so many touching Pet Owner reviews.

Post a Job and available Dog Sitters will apply

Can Puppy Sitters care for special needs puppies?

Puppy Sitters booked through PetCloud recognise that every pet is unique, with different needs. When you book Puppy Boarding via PetCloud, you can expect your dog’s specific needs to be met.

Whether your dog has a disability, is Senior, requires vaccinations, oral medication or other special attention, you can bring it up at the Meet & Greet. During this meeting, it also helps to provide your Host with a list of important details. In this way, your Dog Boarder will have clear instructions to ensure your pet receives exactly the care they require.

How do I become a Puppy Sitter?

Do you know how to soothe a timid dog, tire out an energetic dog, or reward an obedient dog?

If so, you could have what it takes to offer Dog Boarding through PetCloud! As a PetCloud Dog Minder, you’ll be able to:

  • Set your own work hours
  • Set your own services and prices
  • Grow your Pet Care business
  • Work from the comfort of your own home
  • Be a part of a pet-loving community that spans across Australia
  • Decide what quantity and which breeds or sizes of dogs you’d like to care for
  • To learn more about providing Dog Boarding through PetCloud, visit our “Become a Sitter” page. We’re always on the lookout for new pet lovers, and we’d be thrilled to hear from you!