National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS)

National Association of Professional Pet SittersIf you’ve searched through the DogWalker.com directory of local dog walkers, its’s very likely that you’ve seen dog walking services mention that they are members of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). Since you probably are wondering what membership entails, I want to give you some information about the organization.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitter is an animal advocate organization that supports pets and the people who care for them. When human beings are affected by personal and natural disasters, their pets suffer too. NAPPS also works with the Humane Society of the United States to rescue pets and benefit shelters nationwide.

NAPPS is a non-profit organization that is run by it members for its members. It provides the tools and resources members need to be professional pet sitters. Certified pet sitters complete courses of study in pet care, nutrition and general health and behavior and a complete pet first aid course. They also learn business development and management. Pet owners often have questions about their pet’s behavior and training. Some of the areas where members get help are:

  • Obedience and Behavior Training
  • Medical questions about aftercare for surgery or allergies
  • Behavior traits for different breeds of dog

Members also get help in establishing their pet sitting business including:

  • Client scheduling
  • Transporting pets
  • Methods of payment
  • Liability insurance

NAPPS aims to become the leader in the professional pet sitter industry and provides its members with professional integrity. It also provides education in the care and behavior of different kinds of pets and networking opportunities to further its members pet sitting businesses.

Members join the NAPPS referral network which pet owners can use to find local NAPPS members. Being a member also gives access to discount rates for bonding, health and liability insurance. Any questions members have about the care of certain animals can be answered by the staff at headquarters or they will direct members to the appropriate resource. There is a Mentoring Teleconference every month where members can ask questions and get answers.

There are many other benefits of becoming a member of NAPPS. Members may:

  • Have a voice in the association
  • Attend the annual conference and trade show
  • Receive a quarterly magazine
  • Have access to a virtual library
  • Receive free business forms and press releases to boost their business
  • Have access to list serve

You can learn more about NAPPS, including information about joining, on the organization’s website, http://petsitters.org. Since DogWalker.com is not a dog walking or pet sitting service, the website is not affiliated with NAPPS, but it’s certainly an organization that benefits its membership.