So, I have now been Dog sitting for 6 months and feel a lot more confident now that my little business is becoming more established. I have a few 'regulars' as well as accommodating newcomers for overnight stays whilst their owner/s are on holiday (for example). Every dog that comes to stay with myself, my fiancé, and our 6 year old most definitely becomes a part of our little family for the whole time that they are here. I can't deny that the dogs do get absolutely spoiled with attention and they absolutely love every minute of it. And almost like children, they push the boundaries and try to get away with things they wouldn't be allowed to do at home, whether thats jumping on the bed or just going a little bit crazy!
With all newcomers it is essential that we all meet prior to the booking which gives me the opportunity to answer any questions the owner may have and vive versa, this ensures that all involved will be happy with the arrangement for the duration of the stay (It would be no good finding out that a dog has behavioural issues part way through a booking, while his owners are halfway across the world!) additionally, I am in no way a qualified dog trainer so only obedient canines may apply.
I have my own pet business insurance as well as being covered by dogbuddy if a booking is carried out through them. I am NARPSUK registered and have completed a pet sitting diploma course via their organisation. I also have certificates including; Canine first aid, CPR & safety Diploma, Pet sitting diploma course, Animal healing & communication diploma, Level 3 award in Dog grooming (achieving a higher distinction) - just to note that this is only the theory and that I have no hands on qualified experience in grooming, it's just good to know. I have also started an animal management course, which I do intend to finish at some point!
There are some beautiful, dog friendly routes very local to me where I enjoy to walk them (on the lead).