Rover’s trusted community of caring pet people—you included!—are known for going above and beyond for their pet parent clients. Sitters on Rover don’t just pat heads and fill food and water bowls, they also know how to show cats and dogs a good time—and that’s often through play. We spoke with two sitters, Sabryna and Jennifer, who know all about the importance of incorporating play time with their clients’ furry families.
A longtime animal lover and former veterinary assistant, Sabryna signed up to be a sitter on Rover knowing she could help pet parents in her community of Jacksonville, Florida.
“I am only 15 minutes from Jacksonville Beach and, by request, I will take pets on a long walk along the oceanside, leaving with sandy paws and wagging tails!” Sabryna said. “My favorite thing to do with high-energy or playful dogs is to go to the pet agility park to run and practice tricks.”
Sabryna said while daily play for both dogs and cats is important, she believes dogs in particular need play to ensure they’re getting enough exercise.
“Many of my clients are parents who have to part from their pets for multiple hours during the day to go work, and oftentimes this means the pet is dormant during the day, not meeting any daily exercise goals or getting brain stimulation,” she said. “Playing is essentially stimulation and exercise for animals, this is why I believe it is important to incorporate it into my pet care.”
In their reviews, Sabryna’s clients have specifically noted her attention to exercise and play. One 5-star review said, “My body is not like it used to be and I struggled keeping up with my energetic dog until I met Sabryna! I drop my dog off for the day and Sabryna brings him to the dog agility park and even the pool! By the time he comes home his energy is all expended. Highly recommend her for high energy pups!”
Like Sabryna, sitter on Rover Jennifer started watching pets out of a love of animals. Jennifer originally discovered Rover when she was looking for loving care for her own dog, Dakota.
“It struck me how much I missed my girl, but knew she was being well taken care of so I could relax and really enjoy my vacation,” Jennifer said. “I decided I could give others the feeling of knowing their fur baby was safe and being loved so they also could just enjoy their time.”
With a fenced yard and plenty of room to romp around with Dakota, Jennifer’s clients rave about the ample play time offered to their pets. One client said, “Jasper had a wonderful stay with Jennifer and Bobby while we were gone on a week long family vacation. They sent a lot of photos of him playing with the other dogs, going on outings, and relaxing at home.”
Jennifer’s favorite experience caring for a dog on Rover was this year during a rare snowstorm in her town of Tacoma, Washington. As she was watching a couple of her regular clients’ dogs, snowflakes started to fall. She kept the dogs a little later so that they could all play in the snow together. The dogs tried to bite snowflakes, chased each other, and dove after snowballs.
Jennifer believes in a healthy dose of play and aims to give that to her clients’ dogs.
“Pets are just like kids, even when they’re older,” she said. “They need stimulation and activity to expand their minds, keep them sharp and learning, and to develop and maintain good social skills.”