At Rover, we help dog lovers start their own small businesses and give them the tools to succeed. But what makes a great dog sitter? Whether you want to offer overnight boarding, dog walking, or doggy day care, here are seven qualities we’ve found in our most successful sitters.
From the tips of their wet noses to their wagging tails, you’re passionate about dogs and their care. You’re thrilled by the thought of long walks, fetch sessions, and snuggling together on the couch. The best sitters and dog walkers treat their canine clients like their own family.
Rather than going out on your own, you like that Rover helps you promote your business. We’re dog lovers too and want you to succeed, which is why we offer our sitters and dog walkers marketing materials like business cards and promo codes. Every Rover booking is covered by premium insurance, and our Support team is available 24/7 if you need any help.
You have the time to give care and attention to your canine clients. Can you take dogs out every 6-8 hours, at a minimum? Can you offer weekday dog walks? Pet parents will want to know that you can spend time with their dog and provide comfort for them when they’re away or at work.
You know what you’re doing. You’ve spent a lot of time with dogs and are confident that you can provide great care. As a dog person, you know what dog owners expect and how to follow their instructions. You’re comfortable with a leash, your pockets are full of treats, and you wield poop bags like a pro.
You can juggle busy schedules and the needs of different dogs and owners. You know what you can take on and are transparent with your clients. You can keep your calendar balanced between Meet & Greets, walks, and overnight stays.
Dogs are people’s family members, and you understand how important it is to provide great care. You follow owner’s’ instructions, keep to your canine client’s schedules, and go above and beyond to make sure everyone is happy while in your care. Dog safety is your highest priority—you supervise your charges and keep an eye out for health issues.
You know what makes you special and how to convey that to potential clients. Do you have experience with senior or high-energy dogs? Have you volunteered, owned a unique breed, or dealt with a specific health issue? Leverage those special skills to attract owners who are looking for a sitter or dog walker as unique as their four-legged friend.
If you think you’d be a great fit, sign up here today! We’re always on the lookout for motivated, experienced, and passionate sitters and dog walkers. Keep these seven qualities in mind when you’re creating your profile, and you’ll be getting paid to play with dogs in no time.