The DOs and DON’Ts of Pet Sitting

At Deceased Pet Care, we love our pets. But, have you ever considered taking care of someone else’s pet? The first week of March is Professional Pet Sitters Month. So whether you’re just helping out a friend or thinking of starting a side-hustle,we wanted to put together a quick list DOs and DON’Ts to get started and be prepared.

If You’re Just a Friend

When caring for a pet that isn’t your own, there are two things that are paramount: trust and comfort. And not just for the pet, for you as well. Taking care of a pet is often akin to caring for a family member. You need to make sure you’re comfortable with the responsibility. Most importantly, know it’s okay to say no.

If you’re comfortable, then go for it! Make sure you’ve met the pet at least once beforehand. Find out the routine, little quirks, and likes or dislikes for your temporary buddy. If you’re staying at the owners home, make sure you know where all the essential are, including the vet’s number and important papers given an unforeseen circumstance.

Above all else, don’t worry. Just shower them with as much love as your friends give you.

If You’re Starting a Side Hustle

In today’s economy, there’s no shame in wanting a little extra cash. Whether that’s for paying off student loans, taking a vacation, or just building a bit of savings - a small pet sitting business is a great option to help pad those pockets.

That said, pet sitting for money is no small feat, and requires a lot more care and concern than just helping a friend for the weekend.

DO make sure pet sitting is something you really want. It requires several bits of work on the front end, and it can be an emotionally draining (but fulfilling) job.

DON’T skip the insurance. While it’s something we hope we never need, liability insurance is an absolute must for anyone considering watching other pets for pay. Do your research on the best company that meets the needs and size of your new enterprise.

DO educate yourself. It’s said that “you don’t know what you don’t know.” There are several reputable entities that offer training and certification for professional pet sitters. While it’s not required to have a business, it will set you above the rest.

DON’T be afraid to say no. If you’re uncomfortable or the pet and you don’t vibe, you do not have to say yes. Trust your gut and only work with pets you connect with.

DO go the extra mile. A little here and there can go a long way in impressing your clients. Maintain a clean house, pick up after the dog, clean the pet’s coat, or try and teach a new trick. These simple gestures will show those clients you really care about their pet.

DON’T forget the details. Meet with the owner in advance, establish expectations, get the pets habits and schedule, agree on pay, and sign any necessary paperwork. Don’t wait until the last minute. Things get lost in the rush. And with a pet, it’s best not to miss any details.

DO take care of yourself. It’s easy to forget that with a small business, you ARE the business. If you’re not taking care of your emotional and physical health it will immediately be apparent to potential clients and their pets.

DON’T worry about trying new things. Pet sitting doesn’t have to be limited to dogs. Try adding cats, hamsters, birds, goldfish, and gophers to the list. You might be surprised what ignites your pet sitting passions.

and finally…

DO more research and preparation. At Deceased Pet Care, we wanted to highlight an awesome opportunity and a group of often overlooked people that really help our pets. However, there is so much more to learn and do than this quick post can cover. We only want to pique your interest. At Deceased Pet Care, pets are a member of the family, and we know that’s true whether fido is yours, your best-friends, or just some guys’ who saw your flyer. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be Professional Pet Sitters Week to treat our pets with the utmost compassion, courtesy, and care. And that’s something we can wag our tails about.

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