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A Way for Dog Lovers To Earn
I have a dog. You probably have a dog. Most of our neighbors and friends have dogs. You get the picture — lots of pooches out there! And for most of us, those animals are not just animals – they are family members. Giving them the best care, even when we can't be around is what we hope and want to do. But we've all had experiences or known someone that had a bad experience when boarding their pet(s).
I actually had an awful experience going through Care.com once. I don't want to give them a bad name, but the pet sitter I got through there was so scattered brained. She actually FORGOT to show up for a full 24 hours?! I had three pets inside the house with little water, never been fed or let out to go to the bathroom for 24 hours! It ruined my vacation, because my heart was really at home… wondering how my pets were doing and knowing they might have been traumatized by being left. My dog is so well potty trained – this had to be devastating for her.
Finding a really good pet sitter is worth it. SO worth it — that those that do it well, can earn up to $1000 a month ( maybe even more) caring for others' four-legged family members.
Must Love Dogs
DogVacay was created was created in 2012, so they have a few years under their belt. Created by a compassionate, dog loving couple that hated the idea of “boarding” their dog. Lets face it… they spend A LOT of time in a cage when they are boarded. The couple, Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim knowing the stress they felt when boarding their dog was stress their friends faced too — they began pet sitting for others. And then others began pet sitting for others… and it took off. Now DogVacay offers over 20,000 pet sitters in both the USA and Canada.
And you…. yes you, the dog lover, can jump in and grab a piece of the action. And I don't mean just a few bucks for pet sitting here and there. We're talking a full time income that allows you to choose your own schedule. Not only that — you can choose your rate and the breed, size and age of the dogs you're willing to watch. As well, Premium pet insurance is available for every reservation. To top it off — there is support for you. A 24/7 Concierge team! Payments are made through DogVacay, so you don't have to even worry about hassling with that.
Speaking of Payments… What Does DogVacay Get Out of This?
You're smart to ask… because yes… they aren't just offering this awesome portal, advertising and promotion, insurance and support for ziltch. How could they? When payments are made by your clients after the “vacay” of over — DogVacay retains 15% of the payment to cover exactly what I just mentioned: insurance, promotion and 24/7 support.
I found that there were reviews of DogVacy on Glassdoor. You can read those here. There are good and bad (only 8 reviews altogether) — as with every company out there. But their overall rating is a 3.4 out of 5.
Final Note and Thoughts on DogVacay
IF you really are an animal lover, and can give excellent care to other people's pets — go for it. You can certainly build up a reputable profile and clientele and make serious money. But ultimately – I don't think this is a way for someone to make money that is ONLY focused on money. You need to work well with animals, be adaptable to schedule changes and be able to juggle your own pets while caring for other animals. If you're watching animals in your own home — think about pet safety, how your animals will respond to “guests” and your own lifestyle. (I would think a clean freak would get annoyed quickly with this type of work – but I could be wrong.)
Perhaps take on a job or two and see if you like it and how it works out and build on that. But I can see where true dog lovers could carve out a real income doing this type of work.
Learn more about DogVacay here.
Have Your Earned Being a Pet Sitter?
Have you or are you currently a pet sitter? Have questions about being a pet sitter? Well – hey… be sure to leave your pet sitting comments, suggestions, stories and questions below in the comments section. I know I personally would love to hear from you and I know my readers would too. After writing this post, I am considering creating my own profile at DogVacay and seeing if it's something I would enjoy. My only worry if my own dog! She's old… and kinda grouchy! But I going to someone's house and caring for their pet seems like it would be such a helpful, pleasurable type of task. Being a pet owner and having my own experiences and knowing my own expectations would go a long way to easing into this type of work.