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Tips for getting a dog-sitting job

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Have you ever thought about helping people? Taking care of their dogs is a good way for kids to earn money and help people who may be too busy or who want to travel. I have been dog-sitting for a few years and have gotten a lot of experience, so I will explain step-by-step how to run a successful dog-sitting business.

  • Ask a trusted adult to join you as you walk throughout your neighborhood to find potential customers. You will need to rely on the adult to make sure you are accepting customers who have dogs that you can handle with no problems.
  • You should ask the owner of the dog if the dog has any allergies or disabilities. Find out what the personality of the dog is and what the dog likes to do, for example, if it enjoys going to the park, watching television, playing fetch, etc.
  • Imagine this is your first time dog-sitting and you’re a little nervous. I suggest you bring a toy for the dog. Because first impressions are the most important, this could help to build trust between you and the animal. It has worked for me, because the dogs I sit for really love me, and I think the toy helps to break the ice. Also wear appropriate clothing to look mature and professional when you first meet the dog’s owner.
  • Some of the responsibilities of a dog-sitter are to walk and feed the dog, and maybe bathe it if it gets dirty. You must always watch the dog’s every move because they can be very sneaky at times depending on the breed.

Following these steps can help you to begin a profitable career in dog-sitting. It has helped me, and maybe you can start your own dog sitting business.

Eileen DeCarmine’s fifth-grade class, Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School, Miller Place

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