Dog sitting jobs near me
Are you a dog lover? Do you have some experience or training looking after dogs? Then dog sitting may be the perfect job for you! With 9.9 million dogs across the UK, the demand for this type of services has never been so high. How can you get started? Let’s find out.
How do I find dog sitting jobs near me?
There are a few ways to find those jobs depending on your experience and where you live.
You can start with putting small ads in local shops. Pet shops are a good place to start but you shouldn’t forget dog-friendly cafes and restaurants, vet offices, dog daycares and even local shelters.
Specialised dog sitting companies
A quick search will bring you half a dozen websites specialising in dog sitting services. They usually connect dog owners with potential dog sitters. You will have to create your profile before being able to answer any ads.
What should my ad look like to find dog sitting jobs near me?
Let’s be honest: dog sitting is competitive. You should not underestimate the power of a perfectly written ad if you want it to stand out of the crowd and catch the eyes of dog parents.
Be clear and concise
Did you know that people read only 20% of anything written on a page? No need to turn your ad into a remake of “War and Peace: The Canine Edition”. You need to go straight to the point and mention the key information dog parents are after: the dog sitting services you offer, your availability, your rates, your exact location, and your experience/training. References are also great to reassure dog owners: don’t forget to include those.
Accidents happen. No matter how careful or experienced you are, you can never predict if or when something may go wrong. The financial consequences can be massive. If you are planning on dog sitting regularly, you should consider getting pet insurance. Basic covers will cost you as little as £5 per month. Plus, dog owners tend to prefer dog sitters who are insured. And rightly so, it gives both parties extra peace of mind.
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What kind of dog sitting jobs near me can I find?
Dog sitting includes a lot of different pet services. You should only offer those that you are truly able to carry out. If you live in a flat, boarding big dogs is probably not the thing you should do. Likewise, if you do not have any training, you should probably not accept to take care of dogs with special needs such as requiring medicines.
People live busy lives and it sometimes gets in the way of them being able to take their dog out. A dog walker is a person who comes to people’s homes to take their dog for a walk. Walks last for about 30 minutes.
A great alternative to dog kennels, dog boarding is when you welcome a dog in your house for a night or more while its owners are away. It can also take place in the owners’ home. Dog boarding has become increasingly popular and lots of people look for this type of pet sitting service when they go on vacation.
A little less known, dog daycare is a bit like being a “dog nanny”. You get to take care of a dog for a couple of hours and provide fun activities.