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Using a Pet Sitter

Do you have a pet? Can you take care of it, day in and day out? For many pet owners this is an impossibility. They have to leave their pets for work or for some other reason. But pets can’t take care of themselves. Some pet owners take their pets to a kennel. But this can be very stressful for a pet. Many pets don’t like traveling in a car daily. Or they are hit by separation anxiety. Other pet owners hire a pet sitter.

Pet sitters take care of the pet when the owner is away. They feed the pet. They make sure that the water is clean. They make sure that the pet has exercise. Pet sitters won’t subject a pet from separation anxiety or the stress of travel. They are, in some ways, better for the pet. But where can you find one?

The greatest problem is finding a pet sitter that you can trust. Try finding a reliable one through your friends, family or coworkers. Referrals from trusted people are valuable because they probably know the character of the sitter that they refer. Check for sitters in the local newspaper, community centers and other places that cater to your area. The Internet can also be valuable tool for its ability to search for anything.

A proper pet sitter will be insured. This is important because it protects you and it also protects them. Good sitters will be ready with references to allay your fears. Call their clients in order to test their trustworthiness. Make sure that the pet sitter has a history of good honest work. You will be trusting them with the care of your beloved pet.

A good sitter will be able to answer all of your questions with ease. Interview them thoroughly. Ask questions that will help you decide their worth. Ask his or her response in an emergency. Be prepared to give a question that proposes a good challenge. Remember to add situations that are also completely normal and mundane, like what if they lost control of your pet?

Pet sitters are always willing to meet the pet owner in order to consult and take each others measure. Make sure to bring up your pet’s particular issues but a good pet sitter will bring it up first. It will be good for him to meet your pet then and see if they click. By all means let them take a walk with each other. It’s the only way to sense if they will suit.

If you are satisfied with your sitter, prepare for him a list of emergency numbers that he can contact. Your work and cell numbers should top that list. It would also be good if he knew the numbers for your vet, the nearest pet hospital, and poison control.


Pet Sitting & House Sitting

Work from Home Business Ideas are always welcome and I have an idea for you here today that is seasonal and is a part time business in the true sense of the word.

This business model is ideal for a retired person or couple. Naturally it goes without saying that you need to love animals to do this work. The more experienced you are at the care and up keep of pets and animals the better off you will be.

What you do is this….

Research all the facts that you need to know in relation to the general care of household pets. Cover all of the most common pets, birds, dogs, cats and fish etc. do the research properly, as you will be entrusted with the care of peoples living animals.

Next put together a booklet that details all the knowledge that you gathered on the subject. Add another detailed section covering the caring of a person’s home in their absence. Contact all the local alarm and armed response companies and get details from them. Have real meetings with them firstly to learn how their system works, secondly to get them to refer you and thirdly to actually meet them.

Do the same with your local Veterinary practices, have a real meeting asking for both their advice and then for their referral. Leave them with such a professional manner that you will immediately be jumped to the top of their referral lists.

Any other business within the area that you are planning to work within, that has a daily or weekly delivery service, contact them with the same sort of meeting in mind. So if the local newspaper delivery service is now willing to send you the contact details of someone who has suspended their deliveries for a few days, then you will have leads to work on.

Print very high quality pamphlets that give a lot of details about your services. Add a printed black and white text version of all your terms and conditions, including all the small details that they will need to know about you.

Never leave a photocopied version of your advert up at the local vet. After you have been in business for awhile then add some referrals to the same booklet.

Detail and list all the different things that you are willing to do to the customer’s property and animals while they are away. Start with the obvious – turning on the lights every night. Add other things, clean the pool, walk the dogs.

Calculate a detailed costing for all these things.

Make it affordable.

Remember that if you are already at the customer’s home it is not much more effort to water their plant or other small items.

Be professional, earn their trust, be consistent and your business will grow to a comfortable level, and you will naturally keep getting their referral business for years. You are then ready to advance to the next step.

How to Teach a Dog to Sit – The Easy Way

Teaching a dog to sit when you ask should be one of the simplest training exercises. It can sometimes be a challenge. Follow these great tips to get your dog sitting exactly how you would like.

Ask yourself, what it is you are teaching? The aim is to teach your dog to sit when you ask him. ‘Sit’ means ‘put your back end on the floor and something really good may happen’. Watch your dog when he sits of his own accord. As well as his back end touching the floor, his head moves upwards and backwards.

Begin in a relatively quiet environment, free of distractions and have a pot of tasty treats out of your dog’s reach. Make sure you have one in your hand. Show your dog a piece of really interesting food thus to ensure that you have his attention. Use this as a lure to show your dog what you want. Put the treat close to your dog’s nose and move it just above. Slowly, move the treat backwards, toward the top of your dog’s head. If you move the treat too high, your dog will jump up. If you move it too low he cannot move and if you move it too fast he will walk backwards. Be patient. If he does the wrong thing, just try again. Keep his interest but do not give him the treat until he does the right thing.

Do not push his back end down. Not only does this cause discomfort for some dogs, he will at best simply learn to let you do this, which teaches him nothing, and at worst, he will learn to resist you and push upwards. Immediately your dog does as you want, reward with food and fuss and praise.

At this stage, do not give your dog any words of command. If you repeat ‘sit’ when your dog is confused, he will not understand. Repeat this several times, until your dog is doing the action reliably then begin to say your word as the dog is doing the action. What word will you use? If you decide upon the word ‘sit’ no one should tell your dog to ‘sit down’ as this then becomes confusing.

Show the dog the treat and say your word. Lure him if necessary and reward him at the moment your dog is responding to a hand signal and word. You can leave it like this but, if you want to teach him to respond to the word alone, reduce the hand signal gradually until he no longer needs it to complete the exercise. Progress until you can say the word and the dog will repeat the action without needing to follow your hand. This is when he is beginning to listen to your word and to understand what it is that you want him to do.

Next, start to vary the rewards and use a different or less interesting reward sometimes. Gradually vary and decrease the rewards given so rewards should now come on a random basis. Repeat this sequence in different places, with an increasing number of distractions. Practice in different parts of the house, in the garden, on walks, on different surfaces, when you are sitting or standing up, in the company of other people and even in the company of other dogs.

What Happens If Pet Waste Removal Is Not Completed In A Timely Manner

Spending time with our pets is an ideal experience overall. They provide us with the love and company we need and crave. Although we love our furry pets, there is one aspect of pet ownership which may not be as savory and that is waste removal. Pet waste removal is the act of cleaning up the doggie doo from our yard and doing so on a continual basis. Some pet owners become frustrated and lackadaisical when it comes to cleaning the yard. They often wonder what will happen if they don’t clean up in a timely manner. The following will offer some insight into this aspect:

Pet Waste Is Bad For Your Health and the Health of Your Dog

If as a pet owner you fail to remove the pet wastes from the yard in a timely manner, you could be adversely affecting the health of you, your family and your pup. Waste buildup is not only unpleasant to the eye, but can lead to unhealthy drinking water and cause other hazardous situations around the home. It contains bacteria and other infectious materials which, if left for too long, could create a hazardous health situation. Therefore, for the health of all individuals involved it is crucial to pick it up as soon as possible.

Pet Waste Smells Bad

Also, when you fail to pick up the dog waste in a quick manner, it will start to smell really bad after a while. You want your yard to look clean and smell fresh. Therefore, you simply must remove the pet waste in as timely a manner as possible.

Leftover Pet Waste Creates a Mess and Clogs the Yard

You will also find that when you don’t pick up the pet waste, it will tend to accumulate and simply clog up your yard. This means that you are unable to use your yard as you would like and your neighbors surely won’t appreciate the mess either.

For those who don’t have the time to pick up after their dogs, a pet waste removal company provides the answer. These professionals come to your home and do the dirty work for you. They are reasonably priced and will work on a schedule set up ahead of time by you. If you find yourself short on time, you can always turn to removal companies to get the job done right. You can use a pet service locator website to find a pet care company in your area or use the Yellow Pages to see which companies offer services such as these. Also, consider asking your pet’s veterinarian as they may be able to refer someone as well. They will clean up the waste should you be unable to do so in a timely manner.

Five Free Ways to Promote Your Pet Sitting Business

You’ve got your pet sitting business up and running. You have a reliable car to provide transportation to and from your jobs. You have insurance and a bond as well, which will reassure your customers and protect you in case of a lawsuit or claim. You’ve also assembled a couple emergency kits, which have a first aid kit, spare leash, collar, and can opener for pet food, as well as a few other items. You also came up with a catchy name and licensed your business. So now what?

Well now it’s time to get customers! First, you’d like to try some free ways to promote your pet business. Your start-up costs didn’t set you back too much money, but you’d still like to see how many customers you could get without spending a dime. Well, here are five free ways to promote your business:

1.Referrals. Doing a good job for a customer will not only make them happy and keep them using your service, it’ll increase the chances they talk about your business to their friends. Referrals are one of the best ways to get business. Best of all, it doesn’t cost you a cent and you don’t even have to do any of the work! Be sure to thank the people involved in any referrals you get, or offer them a discount or other incentive for future visits.

2. Craigslist. has taken the world by storm as a free way to advertise to potential customers. It’s completely free and easy to use, and you open yourself up to a high number of prospects.

3. Website. There are many free websites available that are quite easy to setup. No experience needed. A website can be a great way to show your customers what your pet sitting business is all about. Talk about your experience, your love for animals, some quotes from satisfied customers, and pictures of you with happy pets. You should also include your prices and contact information. It’s a great way to make pet owners feel comfortable and excited about your services.

4. Blog. Like a website, a blog is another free and easy thing to do. Write about your recent jobs. Show pictures of you with a variety of pets. Running a blog is quick and easy. Encourage satisfied customers to leave comments or share testimonials of the great job you did for them.

5. Newspaper. Many newspapers are eager to do an article on a new business, especially one that does good things for the community. A profile of your pet sitting business could be the feature of their next article. This is completely free to you and opens yourself up to a lot of customers who read the article and learned about what a great business you’re running.

There are many free ways to promote your business. Try a few and find out what works best for you. In no time, your pet sitting business could be the talk (Bark! Meow!) of the town! To learn more, read Profitable Pet Sitting available from:

Essential Tips For Hiring a Pet Sitter

Nowadays the number of pet owners is increasing day by day. Many a times it happens that the pet owners have go for a trip or an outing but can’t take their pets with them. When such a problem arises one finds difficulty in getting the solution as pets can’t be left alone in home. There are many security reasons associated with it. Therefore if you are going on a holiday then pet sitter is the option that you are looking for. In this article we will discuss how to hire the pet who is expert in dealing with pets.

As pets cannot be left in the house nor can’t they be kept in carriers or kennels, therefore pet sitters is the best option available for pet lovers. The pet sitting offers endow you with a number benefits over kenneling and many more. Some of them are as follows:

1. It will make your domestic animal feel happy, when it is staying at the home environment.

2. You can avail your beloved pet with the option having the structure of their day and get a frequent contact with the humans and receive affection and care from them.

3. If the sitter hired by you is aware of the actions and tasks which he must carry out in the case of emergency and is capable of providing your animal with the customary medical care, then he is the best that can serve your purpose.

4. The costs involved in finding these sitters are much less as compared to knelling.

5. If you are afraid of the injuries that will be suffered by your pet if it travels, then the option of hiring a pet sitter is really of a great value for you!

But before you are headed for owing a pet sitter, make sure that it is honest with its work and with you as well! The reason to this is that it will be your pet sitter who will make some frequent visits at your home in your absence. So you must search for a trustworthy pet sitter. The finest way to look for these pet sitters is by the aid of recommendations that are presented before you by your friends, relatives and neighbors. You can also take the help of the vets, pet groomers and other pet professionals. These days you can also come across a number of companies that will endow you with the suggestions of these pet sitters.

So hire a pet sitter for yourself and get rid of the troubles that are related to the security of your domesticated animals in your absence.

Pet Related Businesses – An Often Ignored Lucrative Business

For those who are not into pet keeping, it will be shocking to know that more than 60 percent of American household have pets (with cats and dogs being the primary choices). The percentage is not much different in Great Britain and other developed regions. Note that we are talking about animals being kept only for recreational purpose (and not for a commercial objective or livestock). As you can see, it is such a huge industry and still it is overlooked by aspiring entrepreneurs. If you are still not convinced, you can take a look at the figures telling how much these people spend on their pets. The industry didn’t stop flourishing even in the recent recession, for the reason that people treat their pets as family members, therefore spending on their clothes, health and safety is not discarded as an extravagant expense. If you are looking for small or even home based business ideas, then a pet related business is worth taking into consideration. Following are some ideas for pet related businesses.

Pet Food, Clothing & Toys

Those who have pets, spend heavily on pet foods, clothing and even toys. There are coats, boots, jackets, t-shirts and even holiday clothing specially made for Dogs and other pets. Pets get to play with all kinds of plush toys, rubber toys and interactive puzzles. Other accessories like dog houses and bedding have got a huge market as well. You can decide to sell one of these products at a retail store or from an online portal. Even better, you can come up with a new product. For example you can invent some kind of pet electronics or new exercise equipment specifically made for pets.

Pet health care & insurance

Health and security is the topmost priority, not only for humans but their pets as well. Pet owners (remember some states don’t allow pet keepers to consider themselves ‘the owner’ of the pet) spend heavily on medicines and other health care services to keep their pets healthy. There are Pet pharmacies and all sorts of health care plans going on for pets. Pet insurance market is also huge, estimated to reach some figure around $400 millions in the year 2010.

Pet Sitting & Day Care

Pet sitting services are commonly used these days by the owners who have to stay out for some vacations or business trip. Therefore, you can work as a pet sitter or start a business providing pet sitting or Dogs daycare services to the pet owners.