How Can I Earn Money Working With Dogs?

Here at Holidays4Dogs our dog carers simply love having guest dogs to stay. This said, our carers also get paid for the care they provide. Extra money coming into the household is always welcome! If you’re interested in earning money from home by working with, or looking after dogs, it can be difficult to know where to sitting, pet sitting

It can also seem daunting setting up a new business, especially as caring for other people’s pets is a big responsibility. Regulations and legislation in the pet care industry has become a little more rigid in recent years. Therefore, it can feel like a bit of a minefield making sure you are abiding by rules and regulations.

Customers are also very aware of pet carer obligations. Pet care service providers are expected to deliver professional and high quality skills in their field. Likewise, discerning customers, expect quality, personalised care for their animals that also takes into account utmost safety. If you think you might prefer the support of an existing pet care agency you can read more here.

The other good thing about an agency is that, usually, there is no financial outlay in terms of insurance or licensing. Indeed, Holidays4Dogs requires no fees for carers to join them. All new carers are, however, thoroughly vetted for suitability. Alternatively, here are a few potential avenues to explore:

  1. Dog home boarding: You can offer dog boarding services where you provide a temporary home for dogs while their owners are away. This can be done in your own home, or by converting a part of your property into a dog-friendly space. It is very important to make sure you adhere to local regulations and safety guidelines.  If you choose to become an affiliate carer with Holidays4Dogs we can guide and support you through this, sometimes complicated, process. Find out more here

  2. Dog sitting: Instead of boarding dogs overnight, you can offer dog sitting services in the dog’s own home. Here you take care of dogs during the day, overnight, or for shorter durations.

  3. Dog walking: Many dog owners require assistance with regular dog walks, especially if they have busy schedules. You can offer dog walking services in your local area, taking dogs for walks and providing exercise and companionship. To find out more about about professional dog walking laws click here

  4. Pet day-care: If you have ample space, you can set up a pet day-care facility where owners can drop off their dogs for the day. This allows dogs to socialize and play in a supervised environment while their owners are at work, or otherwise occupied.

  5. Pet boarding platforms: Consider joining online platforms, or apps, that connect pet owners with pet sitters, or boarders. These platforms provide a way for you to advertise your services and connect with potential clients. Examples include Rover, Wag!, or Pawshake.

  6. Pet boarding agencies: These are different to online platforms. By joining a pet boarding agency you can expect to be pre-screened and approved to host guest dogs. The agency takes on the responsibility of matching pets to you, coordinating bookings, insurance, licencing, supporting you and ensuring the quality and standards of care provided are maintained. Examples include Holidays4Dogs.

  7. Specialised services: Depending on your skills and interests, you can offer specialised services such as grooming, training, or pet photography. These additional services can help attract more clients and increase your earning potential.

  8. Build a reputation: Word-of-mouth is crucial in the pet care industry. Provide excellent care, establish positive relationships with clients, and encourage them to leave reviews and recommend your services to others. Building a good reputation can lead to repeat clients and referrals. Examples of reviews on boarding click here

  9. Obtain qualifications: Qualifications in pet behaviour, training and first-aid are essential in the pet care industry. Research accredited courses whether online, or face to face and complete training. Examples include:

Remember to research local regulations, obtain any necessary permits, or licenses. It is crucial to ensure you have proper insurance coverage before starting your business. Additionally, invest in learning about dog care, behaviour, and safety to provide the best possible service to your clients.

It’s important to note that the pet care industry can be competitive, and success may take time. However, with dedication, a love for animals, and excellent service, you can establish a rewarding and profitable home-based business caring for sitting, pet sitting