Pet sitting is an exciting and interesting career. Animal lovers are in their element as they get to spend the bulk of their day with cats, dogs, rabbits and more exotic pets. However, should you even consider a career as a pet sitter if you dislike animals?
Pet Sitting is Not an Easy Way Out
Some people who have just left school or been made redundant at work honestly believe that pet sitting is an easy way out and that anyone is fit to do the job. Such desperation can lead unsuitable candidates to choose pet sitting.
However, what such candidates fail to realize is that choosing such a job when they do not even like animals will actually make their lives harder. Pets will not respond as well to pet sitters when they sense that they do not like them. As a result, pets are more likely to act up. This in turn can make pet sitting an even harder chore for those who do not like animals.
Offer Specialised Pet Care Services
If you are scared to death of dogs because you were chased or bitten by one as a youngster, it is understandable that you would feel wary about taking care of other people’s dogs. But does your fear also extend to cats, rabbits, hamsters and gerbils? Do you see yourself caring for pets other than dogs?
If so, you may want to consider focusing on just offering specialized pet care services, such as small animal boarding, cat sitting and so forth. There is absolutely no reason why you should take on pets that scare you. Stick with the species of animals you feel most comfortable with and build your business around that.
Pet Sitters Must Enjoy Being Around Animals
Pet sitters who have no patience with animals and derive no joy from being around them will not last long. It is important to have a genuine interest in animals and to want to provide for their physical and emotional needs. A pet sitter wants to make a living just the same as anyone else. But if you are just a clock watcher you will derive no joy or satisfaction from your work as a pet sitter.
Make a mental note of at least four things you like about cats, dogs or other species of animals you are considering working with. There will be times when you take on disagreeable, aggressive or otherwise challenging pets. Having a mental note of what you like about your job can help you keep going.
Just about anyone can set up their own pet sitting business if they have the money and the drive to do so. However, not everyone is cut out to be a pet sitter. If you dislike animals, you will find your job a laborious chore and you will have regrets. Think very carefully about your decision before you choose to become a pet sitter. Clients and their pets will be relying on you