Pet sitting is an ideal job for animal lovers. It is also a good choice for those who work best on their own, rather than in an office environment amongst a team of colleagues. However, there is a danger of isolating yourself as a pet sitter. What can you do to avoid isolating yourself when you are a pet sitter?
Team Up with Other Pet Sitters
Pet sitting can be an isolating job in itself, which is why you may need to think carefully about how to overcome this particular issue. One way is to get together with other pet sitters.
Are there any other pet sitters in your area? Could you arrange to go on dog walks together from time to time or arrange a doggie play date with them at the local park? Although it is not always feasible or practical to get together with other local pet sitters, it is a good way to avoid isolation if you are able to team up with other pet sitters.
Stay Connected with Clients
Some pet sitters hardly ever speak to clients, as they are away or at work while they are caring for their pets. However, that does not mean to say you cannot stay connected to clients. Email, text or call them to let them know how their pets are getting along or to voice a concern.
A warm two-way relationship can be formed with clients if you make it part of your routine to stay connected with them. It is also very satisfying to receive a message back from clients letting you know how much they appreciate your efforts.
Stay Connected with Family and Friends
Of course, one of the best sources of support will come from your nearest and dearest family and friends. Stay connected with family and friends. Rely on them for support when you start to feel the pressures of the job getting you down.
Social isolation can get you down after a time. Before you know it, you are in the company of another adult and you start to babble in “dog speak” or “kitty lingo” to them!
Even though there are many benefits from pet sitting, one of the drawbacks is the isolation. Working alone can be fine to begin with, but it is also important to stay connected with the outside world while you are working. Some simple ways to overcome this issue is to team up with other pet sitters who may be going through the same as you, staying connected with clients and by relying on support from family and friends to help keep you grounded and balanced.
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