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How Can I Become a Professional Pet Sitter?

December 25, 2011

There are many people out there who need someone to watch their pets. They are willing to pay a lot of money to do so! If you wondering, “how can I become a professional pet sitter,” you’re in for a great experience. There is a lot to learn, but it’s one of the best careers you can have.

You have to keep in mind that people are very bonded to their pets. If you’re not professional and experienced they are going to be a lot less likely to hire you. The best thing for you to do is gain that experience and knowledge so you can really wow people enough so they want to hire you.

It’s definitely best to join a professional organization. There are local chapters of professional pet sitters near your home. Request information on how to become certified and follow through with it because it will be one of your biggest assets.

You will also need to gain references. This is hard to do when you’re just starting out, but it’s essential. At first you can sit for the dogs of friends and family members to gain references. As you start to branch out you might offer to work for free in exchange for testimonials.

Before you’re hired for a job you should be prepared to go to the home of your client. You need to show that you are comfortable and knowledgeable about the pet. In order to get the respect and confidence of the client you should have questions prepared to learn as much as you can about their pet and the regular routine of the household.

You should have a professional contract drawn up before the first meeting. This should contain specific requirements on your end, as well as the specific requirements of the client. Clearly outline what you are prepared to do as a service provider and how much it will cost them.

You should also work closely with a veterinarian. Alternatively, make sure you have the contact information of the vet that this client uses. There are some people who are picky about who their pet goes to. In any case, be prepared for any sort of emergency.

There are a lot of different things to think about when you’re learning this trade. It’s well worth it! In what other job do you get to care for and play with cute animals all day long? You’ll be so glad you asked, “how can I become a professional pet sitter?” Get out there and do it!


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