Thursday, September 26, 2013

Adventures in Pet-Sitting: How to Become One, How to Find One

Last week we set off on an adventure to add a pet-sitter to Rocco's "staff"! We found a terrific sitter on and we were all set to have our first "meet and greet" so we could see if Rocco and his new pet-sitter would be a good match.

But before we met, our potential sitter let us know that she'd be moving about 30+ minutes away. And since we were specifically looking for a sitter located near us, we decided to continue our search on The good new is, that's easy to do since Rover allows you to search by zip code and there are at least 20 sitters located close to us.

BUT, since our potential sitter KristyAnn B. looked like a terrific sitter with TONS of positive reviews, we just couldn't let her go! So we asked her what she loved about and how it helped her grow her own pet-sitting business.

Photos courtesy of KristyAnn B.
KristyAnn also is a fabulous photographer. Those are photos of her charges, above, as well as a nice photo of KristyAnn sharing some puppy love!

KristyAnn has been a pet-sitter for about a year and a half. Here's what she has to say:

Me: Why did you join
KristyAnn: I joined to expand my business. I am a member of another site as well and I wanted to see what Rover had to offer.

Me: How has helped your pet-sitting business?
KristyAnn: I can safely say I doubled my client base. Plus I like the added customer support. When I started I had random questions and Rover's customer support staff was very helpful. I also like the live chat option and they are very quick to respond.

Me: Do you have any suggestions for pet owners to help make their pet's visit more comfortable?
KristyAnn: Always be upfront and honest about your pet's bad traits so that we have a clear picture of how to care for your pup. Try to set up a meet and greet before the stay so you have a chance to meet the sitter and see where Rover will be staying.

Thanks KristyAnn! We wish you were staying in the neighborhood!

To list your pet-sitting business on,  all you have to do is create a free profile, set your own price, and decide if you want to watch dogs in your own home or travel to the owner's home. Read more about becoming a dog-sitter.

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Are you a pet sitter or do you use a pet sitter? How did you find your pet sitter? And would you offer pet-sitting services in your own home? Let me know in the comments below!

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