Pet sitting is a fun way to get to know a new pet, earn some money and learn new skills. Rewarding and exciting, it can also be a real challenge. Here’s how you can pet-sit like a professional.
MyDeal Pro Tip:
Get your home ready. Whether you have a pet already or not, you need to make sure that you have space for the little fur baby to run around, eat and sleep. It’s very important that you make the pet feel like they’re home by adding a comfy pet bed from MyDeal, giving them a lovely spot to sleep and relax. If you’re cat-sitting, make sure there is somewhere for them to entertain themselves, whether it be with a fun cat scratching post, or with some mouse toys. There’s nothing worse than cat-sitting and ruining your furniture at the same time!
Tanya Selby | Koly’s Dog Treats
“Always ensure that you hold a ‘Meet and Greet’ with your prospective doggy clients and their humans. By doing this you can easily avoid disaster striking, by only accepting doggy clients which are a good fit for you, your own pets, neighbours and household in general. I couldn’t think of anything worse than pet sitting a dog who would upset my own dogs! This also gives you the chance to meet their humans and discuss any issues or concerns that they may have about leaving their beloved fur baby with you.” Find out more about Koly’s Dog Treats by following them on Facebook.
MyDeal Pro Tip:
Discuss all expectations and needs with the owner before you begin. Make sure you have the correct feeding times, any medical requirements down pat and how often treats should be given out. This is crucial, as you don’t want the little fur baby to get sick.
Sharon Moore | PetCarers
“First ask yourself if you have the skills and knowledge required. If not, an Animal Studies course at TAFE or online, volunteering at an animal shelter and completing a pet first aid course would be a good place to start. Secondly, do you have the energy and motivation to work seven days a week and for how long? Thirdly, who will fill in for you if you are sick or injured & do they have the skills necessary? Once you decide this is the life for you set up your standardised contracts and pet forms to capture all of the information you will need. You can email these to clients to fill in and have ready with the spare key when you meet for your instruction visit. Have policies and procedures in place for things like extreme weather conditions e.g. dogs not walked over 28 degrees, medical emergencies & OH & S and so on. A uniform shirt with your logo on it will look professional. Set office hours are important. Be fit, energetic, caring, disciplined and have down time so you don’t burn out. Above all else, a love of animals is an absolute must.” Find out more about PetCarers by following them on Facebook.
MyDeal Pro Tip:
Get all of the necessary contact information before the owner leaves. This includes the owner’s phone number, the vet’s contact number and any other contact details needed just in case of emergencies.
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