Rover (formerly Dog Vacay was my personal dog sitting service of choice in early 2021 and has been with it ever since. After seeing some dog sitting tips online, I decided to start my own dog sitting service. From a sitting stand point, I wanted to share some dog-sitting tips to a sitter s standpoint, seeing that many of those who’d come to see me have some much more experience themselves. I hope to provide a few simple dog sitting tips is to help you be a successful dog sitting service business owner.
Dog Sitting Tips For Beginners
Rover (formerly Dog Vacay} was my personal dog sitting service of choice in early 2021 and has been with it ever since. After seeing some dog sitting tips online, I decided to start my own dog sitting service. From a sitting stand point, I wanted to share some dog-sitting tips to a sitter s standpoint, seeing that many of those who’d come to see me have some much more experience themselves. I hope to provide a few simple dog sitting tips is to help you be a successful dog sitting service business owner.
First of all, dog sitting is not like any other businesses. This means you must treat it as you would any other business. This means advertising. Advertising is your first and most important tool in the dog sitting business. Your customers are going to depend on you to advertise your dog sitting business to them, so I thought I’d begin by giving you some free advertising tips here.
Craigslist is one of the best places to post your ad. There are many categories in which your pet sitters can post their ads, and if you’re only working in a specific area, you’ll want to make sure your ad is in the right category. This way your advertisement will go to the audience that is most likely to be interested. You should also consider posting your dog sitting services in national pet sitting directories if you are going that route.
Now, you should contact all of your dog sitters and ask for a list of references they can send you. The goal is to interview each sitter and provide you with a list of references. If you have any questions about their experience or qualifications, they are more than willing to provide you with that information. Once you’ve received the references take the time to interview each sitter and get to know them. Let each sitter know exactly what it is that you need from them and try to find a pet sitter who fits your specific criteria.
When you have narrowed down your list of sitters, it’s time to make contact. This step is simply to set up a meeting. I always try to keep it short and friendly. I let the dog sitter know upfront what you expect, and the dog sitters are more than happy to meet you. We might discuss what you’d like the terms of your contract be and/or the specific roles you’d like your dog sitters to perform. It’s important to be clear and organized when you first meet so there is no confusion at a later date.
Once the sitters arrive, I explain what we are looking for and what kind of services we are interested in. If you have specific preferences, be upfront about those. If not, prepare a list of things that are important to you and communicate it to the dog sitter you are interviewing. In some cases, like where one or more dogs require extra care, we may decide to add a professional dog groomer to the list. Either way, if you don’t already have a sitter and you’re looking for someone, it’s an easy step to introduce them to the sitters you’ve chosen.
Before letting any of the sitters in on what exactly is expected, I always have a list of communication tasks I need fulfilled. It may come in the form of treats given during their stay, or it may be a list of specific things they need to do while they are there such as walking, playing, or other activities. Once the sitter has arrived, it is important to immediately begin playing with them and spending time with them. Don’t be surprised if they seem hesitant initially, they should come to understand what is expected.
If you follow these basic steps, you will be able to quickly bond with your dog sitters. After a few days, you may even want to introduce another dog or two to help spread out the work a little bit. Some dogs can only stand to be hugged, so another dog will need to be introduced to them. With time, the dog sitting business will go quite smoothly and you’ll have a great relationship with your sitters.