Menlys Pet Care is currently hiring for a part time pet sitting position. You may be interested in the job but aren’t quite sure what the job entails. Here is a break down of some of the things to expect if you want to become a pet sitter:
Is the work consistent?
This is the most important thing to understand if you’re considering a job as a pet sitter, work is never guaranteed.
While we do have some clients who use our dog walking services on a weekly basis, the majority of our business is built on pet sitting services for clients who travel.Clients can frequently schedule and cancel at the last minute and there are times when we don’t have very many clients traveling.
Pet sitting is not a job for someone who likes/needs consistency and stability as our schedules are constantly changing.
What hours will I be required to work?
Unlike a typical job where you’re at an office or on the job from 8am-5pm, pet sitting has a unique schedule.
Our work is done in time frames: 7am-9am, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm are typical for our vacation clients while the hours of 10am-2pm are for our midday dog walking clients.
As a part time sitter you will likely have 1-3 sits in each time frame which leaves parts of the day open for you to be able to run personal errands, stop at home to take care of your own pets or make it to your child’s school on time to pick them up.
If you’re interested in Overnight pet sitting you’ll be sleeping at the client’s home from 9pm-7am.
Will I have to work with people?
Most people think “I don’t want to have to deal with people so I just want to take care of pets all day. If you don’t have good communication and people skills, this job is not for you.
As a professional pet sitter you will be required to interact with client’s to keep them up to date on how their pets are doing. You’ll also be required to attend “Meet and Greets” which are our new client consults. You’ll be required to go to the client’s home, answer any questions they have about our company and services, as well as take detailed notes about how to take care of their pets.
There is always a human being on the other end of the pet that we are taking care of and it’s your job as a professional pet sitter to make not only the pets happy and comfortable, you need to do the same for the owners.
Pet sitting is a very rewarding and enjoyable job but it is also a lot of hard work, commitment and responsibility. We don’t just play with cute puppies and kittens all day, we have a huge responsibility to our clients, their pets and their homes and the job needs to be taken seriously.