Pet Sitting Services…
for Dogs, Cats, Guinea Pigs, Bearded Dragons, Hermit Crabs, Aquariums, you name it!
Care for Your Pets while You’re Away
When you can’t be home to care for your babies, our pet sitters are there for you! Backyard Pet Sitting provides pet care in your home (some people refer to this as drop-in visits), pet boarding, dog walking, and house sitting in and around McKinney, Texas. We use the industry’s best-in-class app to schedule and track your services. Over the past four years, we have developed business processes, checklists, and training that we continue to revise and improve over time. Our sitters undergo extensive training and re-training four times a year.
What to Expect
As soon as you reach out regarding an upcoming trip, we will confirm your trip dates and the number of desired pet visits per day. During scheduling, we pay special attention to the details for the first and last day as often times these two days vary (e.g., the first visit is not needed on the first day and the last visit of the day isn’t needed on the last day). We’ll send your sitter out to say hello, meet your pet, and take lots of notes!
Once your trip has begun, each visit lasts from 20-30 minutes, which is plenty of time for love and affection, feeding, changing the water, picking up as necessary, checking the mail, watering the plants, carting the trash in or out, and even a short walk if that is part of your pups’ normal routine.
Of course, each visit is documented with photos of your babies going about their business, getting loved on by the sitter, or mugging for the camera.
Your Place or Ours?
We can come to you or in some cases you can come to us.
Services that are provided at your home…
After an initial meet & greet to say hello and receive instructions, we visit your pets in your home 2, 3, 4 or even 5 times a day. The frequency will vary on your pet’s age and normal level of activity.
We will come by and take your pet(s) for a quick walk (both 15 and 30 minute walks are available).
Real estate showing support
We know what it is like when you are trying to sell your home (it takes lots of help!) One particular stress point is the dogs. To make for a successful showing, the dogs need to be put away or, even better, whisked away for a little while while the showing takes place and then returned safely. We can help you do that!
We’ll come to stay overnight in your home with your pets while you’re away (8-12 hour visit).
Sole sitter service
Typically 1-3 sitters will visit your home and pets during your trip. We try to limit the number of sitters, but each of our sitters have different availability so sometimes this can be difficult. If you would just like one sitter to visit your pets during your trip, there is an additional fee.^
Exact time service
Typically a sitter has a two hour window on either side of your visit time to complete your pet visit or walk. This is due to us factoring in other visits around the same time that may take longer to complete, and drive time between houses. If you need services at an exact time, we can make it work – but there is an additional fee.^
Services that are provided at our facility… (small dogs only, less than 25 pounds)
Small dog day care
Drop your pet here! We will look after your baby while you’re at work or away for the day, then you can pick him or her up.
Concierge day care
Want to skip the drop off? We can send a sitter by to pick up your pet, bring him or her here for daycare, and return him or her home at the end of the day.
Small dog boarding
We can care for your pup here while you’re on vacation or traveling for business!
Know that your home and pets are in good hands while you’re away.
✓ Certified Professional Pet Sitters
✓ CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Pro hero
✓ Members of Pet Sitters International
✓ Bonded and Insured by Guardian Insurance, underwritten by Traveler’s.
Pet & Home Sitting Pricing
^For Sole-Sitter services (same sitter every time), the price per visit is doubled.
^For Exact Time services, there is an additional fee of 50% of the visit.
*These services are offered to the McKinney area (zip codes: 75069, 75070, 75071, 75072).
*Fuel & Mileage Offset: For each trip there will be a small fee based on your zip code. The fee can range from $3 -$6.
**Our Overnight services are dependent on our sitter’s availability. We appreciate as much notice as you can give us for these services.
Pet Boarding & Taxi Pricing
*Our boarding and daycare services do have a weight limit of 25 pounds.
**Fuel & Mileage Offset: For each trip there will be a small fee based on your zip code. The fee can range from $1 – $6.
Holiday rates will be applied to the following days:
New Years Day – January 1st
Memorial Day – May 30th
Independence Day – July 4th
Labor Day – September 5th
Thanksgiving – November 24th & 25th
Christmas Eve & Day – December 24th & 25th
Holiday Rates will be applied to the following services:
Pet Visit <2 Pets: $30
Pet Visit >3 Pets: $35
How We Do It
We use TimeToPet (TTP), which is the industry’s leading pet sitting software. Your account in TTP allows you to request services, see visit updates, see and settle your invoices, and so much more! All of our scheduling and billing is done electronically through the TimeToPet tool. You can access it using any web browser or by downloading the TTP app from the App Store.
Each time your sitter visits your pets, he or she provides an update on how everyone is doing, what happened over the course of the day, whether everyone’s appetites are good, any issues with medication, or any other news from the home front that you’d like to know about. The updates accumulate in the conversation feed along with the photos and when each one is saved, the system sends a cc: to your email address as well.
At the end of your trip, our back office team will release your invoice to your email account. You may settle it within the app using a credit card or (preferred) by Zelle at 469-481-8900. We also accept cash and check.
Easy Service Requests
Once you are set up as a client, you can make subsequent service requests easily through your app or using any web browser. Of course, you can also request services the old-fashioned way by text or cell.