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What Are Pet Sitters?

By Edited Mar 8, 2014 0 2

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Pet Sitters are people who are hired by pet owners to look after, and take care of their animals. They are in hot demand at the moment as people are traveling more, and working longer hours, and therefore the need for professional Pet Sitters are in demand, as more pet owners are leaving their animals home. This seems to be a growing market these day's so I'm guessing if you decide to run your own pet sitting business then this my be the best time to start one. With people having full time jobs, and also those who tend to travel a lot, to a number of reasons people tend to leave there pets home alone, hiring a qualified pet sitter will put one's mind at ease.

A professional pet sitter will usually charge anything from $40 to $60 a day for their services. They are fully trained in their profession, and will be certified to do that type of work, so one can be sure that their pets are in good hands. Just in case keep your options open and do a little research, look in your local directory, or ask around by word of mouth, even your local veterinarian may have knowledge on finding a good pet sitter. Or why not do a search online for in your specific area what better way to let your fingers do the walking, there are many pet services online you can find, they will more than likely have contact information on their site if you decide you would like to get back to them and discuss more about hiring a pet sitter from their company.

You can find Pet sitters on the Internet nowadays, as well as off line, you will be wise to interview as many pet sitters as you feel necessary in order to find the right one for you and your pet, but as a whole mostly all pet sitters will be animal lovers, and will show this during the interview stages, but at the end of the day, your intuition will tell you weather you have chosen the right sitter.

To become a pet sitter isn't all that hard, if you have a love for animals, you are well on your way, and theres nothing better than working a job that you enjoy. And your initial investment to start a pet sitters business is low, around $500 for capital, that will include most of the supplies you will need to take care of animals, as well as marketing and advertising the business.



Oct 14, 2009 1:45pm
You're wrong!! Being a pet sitter is not easy. It is much harder than most people think. You're right about loving animals being one of the criteria, but that's only a very small part. A professional pet sitter needs to have a business license=$100(depending on city)A DBA or fictitious business name=$100 Next bonded and insured=$240, business cards, website, etc. Start up is very low maybe someone could make it with only $500, but in reality it's around $2000. More important to consider is, if you're going to open a pet sitting/dog walking business, be prepared to give up all holidays and week-ends. There will be times that you work 7 days a week, times when you have 11 dogs in one day. Make sure you're ready to give all your time when you first start out. Its' not like opening a restaurant that opens at 7AM and closes at 10 PM. Oh no, you're on call 24/7
If you're looking for a sitter it's true that you want to feel comfortable with the sitter that is going to be with your precious pets but don't go just on that. Make sure your pet sitter is insured and a member of a professional pet sitting organization such as Pet Sitters International or National Association of Professional. Being a pet sitter/dog walker is an art like being a good teacher. Pet sitters need to be forever learning about pets.i.e. Are there food recalls that clients should know about? Teachers and pet sitters/dog walkers are forever learning. I know because I've been both.
Oct 14, 2009 1:50pm
I'm sorry I should have done some proof reading. One of the professional organizations is the Natioanal Asscociation of Professional Pet Sitters or NAPPS. The other organization is Pet Sitters International and is referred to as PSI.
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