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post #1 of 8 Old 04-20-2013, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Starting a pet sitting business...any tips?

Hey everyone! I am lucky to have summers off from work :) I'd like to do something on the side to supplement my income, especially now that I'm getting back into.showing and I realized how much stuff I need! I'd also like to get a secod horse soon.

I've been thinking seriously about starting a pet sitting business. Has anyone done this with success? Do you have any tips for what works, or what doesn't? Thanks!
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-21-2013, 02:24 AM
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I have been pet sitting for some extra cash since I was 15 (I'm 19 now). All I did to advertise was put an ad in our neighborhood newsletter and put some fliars up on mailboxes. The biggest thing is to figure out before hand what you are willing to do (give medicine, bring in mail, etc.) and see how much other sitters in the area are charging for similar services. It's a pretty easy and fun way to make money. I charge $15/day which typically means me visiting 1-2 times per day to feed and play with the dogs or cats. It's great to get paid to play with animals!
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Ooh, I was going to start babysitting...pet sitting is an awesome idea! Can't wait to find out more!

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post #5 of 8 Old 04-21-2013, 11:07 PM
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As a dog owner, I would be looking for a pet sitter who is available all year long, not just in the summer.

Just something to consider...
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Thanks, PaintLover! You mentioned some things I hadn't thought about. And Velvet, you made a great point. I was hoping to cater to those going on summer vacations, but I would love to be able to continue during the school year as well...however, I would only be able to offer evening and weekend services =\
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Pet sitting can be great fun and great income but there are a lot of important things to consider before starting in this business!

The most important thing to consider is how much you really know about animal health care. Can you recognize subtle signs of illness in every type of pet that you will be watching? Many pet sitters have a background in the veterinary world for this very reason. There are so many things that can go wrong with animals and many animals (cats especially) can be very stoic and not show when they don't feel well.

Going along with the above, you need to have plans in place for if one of your charges does come down with illness. If you have to rush someone's pet to an emergency clinic at 7:00 am on a holiday how will that bill be paid? Who will make decisions on how to treat that animal? Do you know where the animal's normal vet is located? Do you know where the closest emergency vet is located? Do you know the animal's previous medical history.

Also keep in mind that there may be people who are displeased with your services at some point. How will you deal with this? Are you planning on becoming bonded and insured in case someone tries to sue you?

Do you have a reliable person who could fill in for you in case of emergency where you cannot make it to the job?

This is just a short list of things to consider. I don't mean to be discouraging, but pet sitting is way more than just playing with cute animals all day It's one thing if you are just going to be feeding your aunt's, or friend's, or neighbor's cat for 2 days but it's a whole 'nother ball game if you are advertising yourself as a pet sitter to the general public!
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Well our dog sitter is loved by all her clients furry and not! She does two walks a day and bed time snacks (a small treat or kibble before bed) and really gets to know her clients, even the human ones, she pops buy when's she's walking the dogs she has over to see if Buddy can come along and we've given her permisssion to come and get him even when we're out

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