Being a pet sitter sounds like an easy way to make some money, but there are a few things to keep in mind. If you are a passionate dog and cat lover and would like to earn some more money, then read on!
If you want to become a pet sitter, a love of animals, fun dealing with four-legged friends and a certain level of enthusiasm are the basic requirements. Fear of animals that are somewhat unpredictable is not ideal. Therefore, there are a few qualities you should possess:
Responsibility and sense of responsibility
Having a pet is a big responsibility, but taking care of other people's pets is an even bigger responsibility. Sometimes things can go wrong and you have to act fast. When you are taking care of someone else's animal, responsibility, punctuality and prudence are some of the most important factors. The animal's owner must be able to rely on you and be able to trust you.
Every human-animal relationship is different. To be a good pet sitter, you have to be open to the animals' individual habits. Some dogs are used to sleeping in their owner's bed, while some cats prefer to be walked. It is best to be prepared for all animal habits and preferences, but also be adamant about your personal boundaries and needs. You should also be able to communicate this openly with the owner of the animal.
Empathy is generally a good quality. This applies all the more to dealing with people and animals. If the animal you are caring for is misbehaving, keep in mind that it may be missing its owner. Don't get frustrated and try to consider the animal's emotional state.
Pets are unpredictable. As such, a degree of flexibility is beneficial, especially when caring for a pet. This doesn't mean that you have to be available 24/7, but rather that you have to be prepared for all kinds of emergencies, such as taking the pet to the vet.
Good communication skills
This point is extremely important and can decide the relationship between you and the pet owner. Please make sure that you listen carefully when the pet owner gives you instructions or makes a request to you. If you are not happy with something, let the owner know or try to find a compromise. After all, you both attach great importance to the health and well-being of the animal.
Some pet owners prefer to temporarily let the pet sitter live in their home so the pet has more company. If you are offered to stay at the pet owner's home, you should be respectful. Don't invite strangers over (without first checking with the pet's owner) and leave the house clean as you found it.
In the event of an emergency, find out about the nearest veterinarian. Find out in advance whether the animal is insured and find out about the animal's state of health and medical history.
You don't really need any special qualifications to be a pet sitter, experience may be more important here. If you have pets yourself or grew up with animals, you should mention it on your resume or during your interview. Pet owners prefer people who have experience dealing with animals. A basic first aid course or even a basic animal first aid course is also beneficial. If you want to work full-time as a pet sitter, you have to register a business. You can get more information about this from your local town hall or the Citizens Advice Bureau.