"I had always known about pet sitting, but had so many questions about it.  After spending just a few minutes on the phone with Sinde, I was able to get a clear understanding of what it would take and whether it was something I could pursue.  Our telephone session really helped me get started."

Sandy P.

"I got a lot out of the Pet Sitter Boot Camp materials, but the test was when I got stuck on pricing services in my semi-rural area.  My mentoring chat session with Cindy helped put so many issues in perspective and I was able to work out a reasonable pricing structure.  I also got lots of help preparing for meet and greet visits with new clients."

Cynthia A.

 

 

Some of our most frequently asked questions

What is a pet sitter?
Is there a need for pet sitters?

Do I need an office and space for animals to be a pet sitter?
How much can I earn as a pet sitter?
How long will it take to complete Pet Sitter Boot Camp™?
Why enroll? Isn’t this business easy enough to just start on my own?




What is a pet sitter?

Pet sitters are individuals that provide pet and home care services.  Some specialize in specific types of services, such as exclusive cat sitting, exotic pet care, or equine and livestock care.  Most offer an array of general services useful to pet owners that have different types of common domestic house pets.

Here are examples of some of the services pet sitters can provide:


Visit pets at their homes, usually 20-30 minutes each, to care for pets and the home during the owner's absence.

Provide walks and exercise at midday or other times as needed for dogs.

Keep an eye on owner's home (house-sitting) to include performing security checks, water plants and lawns, bring in newspapers, mail and packages, alternate lights, blinds and curtains.

Provide dog daycare services and accompany dogs to play groups or special parks.

Care and boarding of pets in the pet sitter's home.

Provide pet taxi service to and from veterinary appointments and grooming visits.

Sell and/or deliver pet food, supplies and goods if offered as an additional service to pet owners.

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Is there a need for pet sitters?

Yes!  Professional pet sitters are needed everywhere, in every city, suburb, and rural area where there are pets, including horses and farm animals!  Pet owners that use a pet sitting service enjoy many benefits.  The top benefit is beloved pets are cared for in the comfort and safety of their own home.  This is especially important for older and very young pets, as well as those that tend to be nervous and do not tolerate kennels.  Some pets require special handling or medications, or have physical limitations due to arthritis or other ailment.  Pet sitters provide the type of personalized and professional attention required for these animals.  In addition, pet sitters are often called upon to care for exotic and unusual animals which are not accepted at most boarding facilities.

Pet owners also enjoy the benefit of having their home visited, plants watered, security checks performed, and newspapers and mail brought in.  Professional pet sitters relieve the pet owner from relying on neighbors, friends, and family that may not desire the added responsibility, especially in the early mornings, or over weekends and holidays.  Pet sitters often carry liability insurance and are bonded for extra peace of mind.

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Do I need an office and space for animals to be a pet sitter?

Many pet sitters operate their business from a modest home office (or desk) equipped with basic supplies and a computer.  Because most pet sitters typically conduct the initial client interview and perform all services at the client's home, it is not necessary to have a formal office.

Unless a pet sitter offers dog daycare or boarding of animals in their own home, clients and their pets will never need to come to the pet sitter's home. 

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How much can I earn as a pet sitter?

How much you can earn as a pet sitter will depend on several factors.  A pet sitting business can be as large or as small as the owner wishes the service to be.  You are in control of your destiny!  Here are some factors that affect income:


How much time the pet sitter has and how many clients can be accommodated by that time.

Assistance.  Will pet sitters (or partners in the business/family) be hired to help with assignments as the business grows, or will the owner perform all pet sits personally?

The addition of services that provide sources of income aside from pet sitting:  Pet taxi, pet food supplier/delivery, errand service, pet photography, dog daycare, dog walking services, grooming, etc.

Promotion, advertising, and networking efforts that provide exposure and introduce the service on a continuous basis.

Quality of service, professionalism, and reliability, all of which provide excellent references and word-of-mouth referrals to your business.

There are pet sitters that provide limited services and earn several hundred dollars per month.  Others have developed businesses that earn in excess of $60,000 per year and more!

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How long will it take to complete Pet Sitter Boot Camp™?

Pet Sitter Boot Camp™ is a self-paced program; you can go through the materials as quickly or slowly as you wish during your 90 day access time.  The online materials are available anytime you are, 24/7!  Just login and use the resources when it's convenient for you.

One-on-One Mentoring sessions, either by chat room or telephone, are scheduled by appointment at your convenience.  These sessions are typically scheduled in increments or 30, 60 or 90 minutes at a time, depending the time required for the topics you would like to discuss.

The Pet Sitter Boot Camp is a personalized mentoring program.  Our goal is to assist you according to your vision, and together, create a business model that fits your needs and expectations.

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Why enroll? Isn’t this business easy enough to just start on my own?

Pet care and home sitting are a serious business.  Not only is the health and welfare of pets in your custody a factor, but also the security and safety of a client's home and property.  Learning how to properly handle these responsibilities through education geared specifically for this industry will make you a better service provider.
The Pet Sitter Boot Camp™ online course and mentoring program will take the guessing and trial-and-error out of starting and operating your pet sitting service, increasing your potential for success.  Reduce making mistakes typical of beginners by drawing from the experience of a working pet sitter. 

Give yourself the edge and tools to be as successful as you can from the get-go!  Start your business faster.  Pet Sitter Boot Camp™ saves hours of time by having all the resources at your fingertips for insurance, bonding, advertising and marketing, professional membership organizations and website services.  All of the business forms you need are included with your enrollment, ready to customize with your own logo and business information. 

Time is money.  Eliminate the hours of research and delaying your start-up by trying to obtain bits of information here and there.  Everything you need is here.  Practical.  Useful. Complete.

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