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.Pet Sitting as a Career
What do pet sitters do? Pet sitting is caring for someone else’s pet in its own home while the owner is on vacation, working long hours, or when they are unable to care for their pet. Minding pets in the clients’ homes separates pet sitters from doggie daycares or boarders. Pet sitters may provide more than one visit daily, and some offer overnight stays. While on the job, pet sitters perform a diversity of tasks, such as:
• Feeding the pets
• Freshening their water bowls
• Providing exercise, including walks and play time
• Cleaning up pet messes and litter boxes
• Administering pet medications
• Providing an abundance of love
If the owners are out of town, pet sitters can also offer to bring in newspapers or mail, adjust blinds, and turn on lights to give the home a lived-in look.
Consider Adding House Sitting to Your Pet Sitting Business
House sitting is a great addition to add to your pet business because it allows you to provide a valuable service to existing or potential clients. While there are house sitters in every city, professional house sitting combined with professional pet sitting creates a unique niche. It also enhances the likelihood of getting hired because the competition narrows as you define your specialty.
You might want to consider membership with the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). It is an excellent resource for pet sitters to expand their business opportunities and pet parents searching for reliable care for their pets when they are away from home.
If you are just getting started, think about signing up with Rover.com, where pet parents can search for trusted dog sitters, arrange a meet and greet, and then book their stay at your house or theirs. It is an ideal way for you to build up experience before you start your own business.