With each holiday and each changing season the challenges of pet sitting also change. At Halloween, for example, we have to be careful pets don’t get into any candy and in the middle of the summer we don’t want your pets to burn their feet on hot pavement. 4th of July can be an incredibly stressful holiday from your pets point of view and therefore we try to take extra precautions to keep them safe. Continue reading
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By now you’ve read our post on 5 Ways to NOT Get A Job with us. We are currently looking to hire and thought we’d take a moment to share the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to pet sitting as a part time job. Continue reading
What Is The Average Cost Of Pet Sitting Or Dog Walking In The Capital District (East Greenbush, NY)?
Pet sitting and dog walking rates can vary greatly between service providers who provide essentially the same exact service. There are a lot of reasons for the variations; some pet sitters work ‘under the table’ and don’t claim their income, some are uninsured, some just don’t charge what their worth because they think by undercutting the competition they’ll gain all of the business. Continue reading
I’m often surprised by the condition of some fences that we encounter. I’ve seen holes wide enough for a water buffalo to go through or fences so flimsy a good strong wind would knock them over yet some people still insist that it’s ok to let their dog into the yard without a leash on. “He won’t go anywhere” they say. Yeah, right. Your dog may listen to you and not go through that hole in the fence when you’re home but they may act completely different when the pet sitter is there. Sometimes I think we have the word “sucker” tattooed on our foreheads visible only to dogs. If they see an opportunity they are going to take it! Continue reading
You’ve heard so many times when looking for a pet sitter to make sure they are insured and bonded. What exactly does that mean to you? Why not just have the neighborhood kid come and save some money?
Well, for one if a pet sitter is bonded and insured it means they are running a legitimate business. By operating a legitimate business they are not treating this as a hobby or a way to make some easy cash. More than likely it means the next time you need a pet sitter they will be there to help you. Continue reading
When I first started this business I charged different rates based on the number of pets that were in the household. That was until people started hiding pets claiming they didn’t need any attention; they’d be fine. Um, no. They won’t. (Yes, this DID happen). So, I changed the pricing schedule and we now charge by time regardless of the number of pets in the household. The only time that fee may change is if we can’t get everything done within the 20-30 minute visit. If it takes more time, we charge accordingly. Continue reading
Finding good employees is a challenge for any business. How many times have you heard someone say “it’s so hard to find good help”? Pet Sitting is no exception, but I think it’s even more challenging to find pet sitting help. Why? Well, the hours for one. Pet sitters start as early as 6am and go as late as 9pm. We work nights, weekends, holidays, 365 days a year. It’s not always consistent; it tends to follow the school schedule so the schedule can be quite sporadic. Continue reading
Pet sitting is a difficult business to try to market. In order for a potential client to find us we have to be advertising in a location they look at the exact moment they realize they need a pet sitter. Passive advertising doesn’t usually work because people see it and dismiss it because they don’t need a pet sitter or a dog walker at that exact moment. Continue reading
We often get asked when payment for pet sitting or dog walking services are due. This policy will vary by company, but our policy is for vacation clients payment is due prior to your departure. That means before you leave you will need to leave payment on the counter and your pet sitter will pick it up on their first visit (we send you confirmation before you leave which includes your total). Continue reading
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”
The above is creed of the United States Postal Service but it may as well be for pet sitters and dog walkers as well. We have a job to do and no matter what the weather, we will be there. We have living, breathing creatures depending on us! Continue reading