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Become A Pet Sitter

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Working As A Pet Sitter

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Repetitive

  • $21,010

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Pet Sitter does

  • Provided Overnight and Daily care of animals.
  • Take phone calls, pick dogs up, and drop them off.
  • Water plants, bring in the mail.
  • Gained customer service skills by taking care of other people's pets
  • Give oral and topical medications when needed.
  • Provided full service animal care -- walking, feeding, and overnight care.
  • Specialized in special needs and geriatric pets.
  • Walked large dogs and restrained physically strong or aggressive dogs.
  • Provided food, water, interaction and care for each animal as if they were my own pet.
  • Observe pets for behavior issues and report them immediately.
  • Care for pets in clients homes Walk feed and clean pets of all types
  • Complete a daily log of animal behavior and other noteworthy happenings.
  • Provided in home pet care including leashed walks and cat care Cleaned up after petsActivities and Service
  • Walk clients dogs, give love, snack, treat and fresh water.
  • Performed in house consultations of new clients.
  • Provide pet sitting services including dog walking, feeding and yard care.
  • Well trusted caregiver of family pets.
  • Provided love and medical care to all puppies and adult dogs.
  • General cares for variety of domestic animals includes; dogs, cats, birds, and rodents
  • Work with clients pets walking, feeding, playing.

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How To Become A Pet Sitter

Most animal care and service workers have a high school diploma and learn the occupation on the job. Many employers prefer to hire people who have experience with animals.

Education

Most animal care and service worker positions require at least a high school diploma or equivalent.

Although pet groomers typically learn by working under the guidance of an experienced groomer, they can also attend grooming schools. The length of each program varies with the school and the number of advanced skills taught.

Most zoos require keepers to have a bachelor’s degree in biology, animal science, or a related field.

Animal trainers usually need a high school diploma or equivalent, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree. For example, marine mammal trainers usually need a bachelor’s degree in marine biology, animal science, biology, or a related field.

Dog trainers and horse trainers typically qualify by taking courses at community colleges or vocational and private training schools.

Training

Most animal care and service workers learn through on-the-job training. They begin by performing basic tasks and work up to positions that require more responsibility and experience.

Some animal care and service workers may receive training before they enter their position. For example, caretakers in shelters can attend training programs through the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association. Pet groomers often learn their trade by training under the guidance of an experienced groomer.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills. For example, several professional associations and hundreds of private vocational and state-approved trade schools offer certification for dog trainers.

The National Dog Groomers Association of America offers certification for master status as a groomer. Both the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International offer a home-study certification program for pet sitters. Marine mammal trainers should be certified in scuba-diving.

For self-employed workers, many states require animal care and service workers to have a business license.

Other Experience

For many caretaker positions, it helps to have experience working with animals. Nearly all animal trainer and zookeeper positions require candidates to have experience with animals. Volunteering and internships at zoos and aquariums are excellent ways to gain experience in working with animals.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Animal care and service workers must be compassionate when dealing with animals and their owners. They should like animals and must treat them with kindness.

Customer-service skills. Animal care and service workers should understand pet owners’ needs so they can provide services that leave the owners satisfied. Some workers may need to deal with distraught pet owners. For example, caretakers working in animal shelters may need to reassure owners looking for a lost pet.

Detail oriented. Animal care and service workers must be detail oriented because they are often responsible for keeping animals on a strict diet, maintaining records, and monitoring changes in animals’ behavior.

Patience. Animal caretakers and all animal trainers need to be patient when training or working with animals that do not respond to commands.

Physical stamina. Stamina is important for animal care and service workers because their work often involves kneeling, crawling, bending, and lifting heavy supplies, such as bags of food.

Problem-solving skills. Animal trainers must be able to assess whether the animals are responding to teaching methods and identify which methods are most successful.

Reliability. In order to meet the customer’s needs, animal care and service workers need to care for animals in a scheduled and timely manner.

Trustworthiness. Pet sitters must demonstrate that they can be trusted when caring for animals and properties while the owner is away.

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Pet Sitter Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    80.3%
  • Male

    18.4%
  • Unknown

    1.3%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.5%
  • Asian

    6.0%
  • Unknown

    1.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    54.3%
  • French

    8.6%
  • Japanese

    7.8%
  • German

    6.0%
  • Portuguese

    4.3%
  • Chinese

    3.4%
  • Hindi

    2.6%
  • Italian

    2.6%
  • Russian

    1.7%
  • Dakota

    1.7%
  • Mandarin

    1.7%
  • Hebrew

    0.9%
  • Carrier

    0.9%
  • Cantonese

    0.9%
  • Urdu

    0.9%
  • Korean

    0.9%
  • Thai

    0.9%
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Top Skills for A Pet Sitter

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Top Pet Sitter Skills

  1. Large Dogs
  2. Pet Care Services
  3. Yard Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Walked large dogs and restrained physically strong or aggressive dogs.
  • Provide pet care services for clients in their own homes.
  • Provide services to include feeding, yard care, walking, and overnight services
  • Provided food, water, interaction and care for each animal as if they were my own pet.
  • Observed animals' physical conditions to detect illness or unhealthy conditions requiring medical care.

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