Why Dog Walkers Are Often Pet Sitters

Pet SittingI’ve noticed that many dog walkers who advertise on DogWalker.com are also professional pet sitters. It seems that many professional dog walkers, or even those who simply walk dogs as a hobby or for some extra cash, enjoy pet sitting as well.

This is largely because the qualities one needs to be an excellent dog walker are the same (or similar) to those that one would need to be a good pet sitter as well. The best pet sitters are often dog walkers because the training and qualifications for both jobs are so similar, and it is easier to get business for pet sitting from dog walking clients, and vice versa.

To be good at their job, dog walkers must truly enjoy being around dogs. They must know how to handle pets, even when they are being difficult, and they often have to have certifications or training and receive professional recommendations. Most pro dog walkers have insurance and bonding, knowing it’s a critical part of owning a company. Additionally, dog walkers usually invest a great deal of time in marketing and spreading the word about their business in order to attract clients.

All of these skills and qualities are necessary for a pet sitter as well. A pet sitter must know how to work with animals and must have training and credentials in order to attract clients. Often, individuals will participate in both of these occupations because the skills are so transferable, and because a client base for one job can be easily transferred to the other. This is why so many dog walkers offer pet sitting services as well.

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