Taking care of a pet or multiple ones can be a difficult job if you do not know what you are getting yourself into. In this article, we wish to provide you with the answer to whether or not you should consider taking a pet sitter job.
Things to consider when taking a pet sitter job.
First and foremost, you have to love animals to the point in which you will not lose your temper easily. Many animals can have bad behaviors but it is up to you to ask the owner beforehand how to deal with this and treat the pet in the same way that they would do (1).
You should never be more severe than the client asks you to be, and at the same time, you shouldn’t ignore the fact that some clients can be too severe with their pets. A pet sitting job, though rarely, may reveal some hidden animal cruelty acts and it is up to you to report this (2).
Pet sittings jobs usually pay well, and if you work your way up, you can earn quite a bit but you should never ignore a pet that’s being mistreated (3). If you turn a blind eye and accept the money anyway, you are deliberately letting yourself bribed and thus you are not fit for this job.
Providing care for something requires you to actually care, and if you are unable to do this, then again, you should consider doing something else. Taking care of a child may be a similar experience but caring for a pet is essentially different (4). Consider this, you can specialize yourself in taking care of dogs only, but what will you do if your client also has cats?
Knowledge is Responsibility
Pets can have certain allergies as well as we do. You should know if you are allergic to some types of animals beforehand. You must gather as much information about a pet as you can because anything can happen (5).
Some pets have certain medical conditions and it is imperative to ask the owner about this and know how to deal with a medical emergency (6). Many people have different types of animal pets and sometimes you can’t avoid this.
If there would be two essential factors that make someone a good pet sitter, that would be love and responsibility. When it comes to responsibility, knowledge is essential and the lack of it can be detrimental.
Having as much information about the pet/s you are going to take care of, is again, extremely important. Read and ask for advice as much as you can beforehand.
Some startup tips for pet sitting
If you do consider taking a pet sitter job, getting into pet sitting can sometimes be a little too easy. Essentially, you should have at least some experience with your own pets. Fostering animals can also be a very rewarding experience and it can also boost your confidence (7).
Probably the best way to start pet sitting is by taking care of your friends and family pets. This can prepare you for the work ahead and it can slightly increase your reputation. Nothing teaches you better than practicing especially when it comes to pets.
You shouldn’t discriminate by loving dogs more than cats for example. All animals should be loved and this versatility is also a great factor in becoming a great pet sitter.
We live in a world where so many jobs have no real value. Taking care of another being is a greatly rewarding experience and probably the closest to the universal truth – we don’t know what is beyond death, life should be treasured regardless of what you believe in.
Many great friendships can be started through this type of job and the responsibility involved is of great value for anything you will do in the future. If you know/feel you can do this, you should.
Start out with small steps and think about this, you actually do something that matters for a living – providing love and care for innocent beings that share this little world with us and possibly exposing animal cruelty.
Did you know?
Pet Sitting facts
– Taking care of pets can increase your sense of meaning and purpose.
– Being kind towards animals can help increase our sense of empathy and thus we can form social relationships with a greater depth.
– Pet sitting jobs are in high demand and are a viable career option with great earning potential.
– Some pet sitting jobs require you to stay overnight and you can start doing this type of job as early as 14 years old.
– The average work hours per week for a usual pet sitting job are between 60-70 hours.
[7.] 7 – https://www.huffpost.com/entry/pets-seniors_b_1229150?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLnJvLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAKXDvEtss-o3Lud5A5CivNVOfq9BQP8aIX7QOyo2jzT8ISBPnH54X3igLKm9mIXeg0aT8BpEzQqtHozYQVfHYuJ66QP33dKYnIwGhIZI7IuAimAQo7G5cKyTib040PVSr9OfHvuCsl-gQIteViqv25q4F6rewuE4UDp3chCpJM2O