Dog Sitter Business

What is a Dog Sitting Business?

A dog sitting business is another name used for a dog home boarding business or a pop-in service where the pet sitter will go to the client’s home and sit with the dog/dogs. The way dog sitting works is that a dog owner who is possibly be going on holiday may type into the Google search bar ‘dog sitter London’ and the search will retrieve details of many pet sitters or dog sitters in London, the pet owner will make contact with the dog sitter and arrange to go along to visit the dog sitter with their dog, providing both parties are happy with the arrangement the dog owner will turn up on the agreed date to drop off her dog to be cared for by the dog sitter for the agreed dates.

When seeking a dog sitter a dog owner should ensure that the dog sitter has certain credentials in place before using them. They should be licensed by their local authority if home boarding and should also hold a certificate of insurance, if they are coming to your home you should ask to see a copy of a current criminal record check. You should get references either by looking at feedback on the dog sitter’s website or from independent review sites or ask if you can call and speak to one of the dog sitter’s existing clients. Visit the NarpsUK pet owners page for tips and advice.

Also if home boarding ask if there will be any other dogs boarded with your dog while your dog is there and also check the garden is secure.

A professional dog sitter will ask you to fill in the relevant forms and contracts and leave an emergency number as well as veterinary details and a copy of your dog’s vaccination certificate.

Once you are satisfied that your dog is in good hands you can go on your vacation reassured that your dog will be well cared for and happy while you are away.

You can find a professional pet sitter by going to the NarpsUK website and typing in your postcode, (click here to go to the NarpsUk website) or to who hold a list of registered dog sitters throughout the UK

7 Must Do's to starting a Pet Sitting or Dog Walking Business

Dog Walking Business

  1. Do have Pet Sitting Forms and Contracts in place, it is essential that you have the right forms and contracts in place for your customers to fill in and sign before they leave their dog with you. These will include a booking form, veterinary release form, telephone reservation sheet, customer invoice, dog or cat information sheet, dog walking report card, medication log, service agreement, pet accident & illness card.
  2.  Do get Pet Sitters Insurance,  It is essential to have pet sitters insurance in place to cover unforeseen events.
  3. Do have a paperwork storage system, ideally a Pet Sitters Database, storing your clients and pet’s information is a must as it is very likely that they will come back to you time and time again so a good filing system is essential, they should contain information like vet details, medication and notes on the pets behaviour, service required, booking dates, cost, etc . There is pet sitter’s software available in the NarpsUK member’s area that will store all of this information and all your bookings too making running your business very easy for you.
  4. Do write up a Pet Sitter’s Business Plan, A business plan is a document that sums up your business – its aims, strategies, market and financial forecasts. It will help you gauge exactly what services you will offer pet owners. How much to charge and how well your business is doing. You should make sure it’s short, clear and well presented, and review it regularly as your business progresses. A great pet sitting business plan is available NarpsUK which also shows calculated financial projections and break-even etc.
  5. Do run a Marketing Campaign, having a good flyer is key to bringing in new customers, these should be distributed to local veterinarian surgeries, pet shops and grooming parlours. Having a website and Google ad words campaign is a great idea and shows professionalism. Some recognised membership organisations offer pet owners a post code search facility that retrieves the member pet sitter’s details this will also bring you in more work.
  6. Do join a pet sitting membership organisation, if you are serious about running your own pet sitting service you should join a membership organisation such as NarpsUK who will give you help and advice when you need it, but more importantly it will give your customers peace of mind as it gives your business credibility and professionalism.
  7. Do take an accredited Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Business Course, the narpsuk business course will teach you everything you need to know to set up and run your own successful business. You will receive a Lantra training certificate who are a recognised and respected awarding body throughout the UK.

Discover Dogs 2012 - NarpsUK stand

Meets NarpsUK At Discover Dogs 2012

Discover Dogs 2012

Only one more week until NarpsUK will be at Discover Dogs 2012, if you are attending please come along and say hi, we will be giving away yellow ribbons to dog owners whose dogs need some space

We will also be giving a 20% discount code for full membership to NarpsUK and also for our Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business Course.

Over 200 Breeds to Meet and Greet!

Discover Dogs 2012 takes place between 10 – 11 November 2012 at Earls Court 1, London

Show opening times: 10am – 5pm each day

Tickets for Discover Dogs 2012 are now on sale here!

Sponsored by Eukanuba and Metro Bank, the event is expected to welcome over 26,000 visitors and 3,000 dogs over the two days of the show.

The event provides a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet, greet and discover over 200 different breeds of dog, and learn all about the distinctive personalities, traits and looks of each breed and how to buy the perfect canine partner.

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