Start a Pet Sitting Business (Self-Guided)

Start a Pet Sitting Business (Self-Guided)

Discover how to translate your love of animals into a fun and profitable career.

3 Months Access / 24 Course Hrs

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If you're an animal lover, find out how you can start your own pet sitting business to translate your passion into a profitable career! In this course, you will master the essentials of running a cat and dog sitting business. You'll begin with pet care, including nutrition, exercise, first aid, and identification of common diseases. You will learn the basics of first aid and find out how to administer pills, liquid medications, and injections to an uncooperative cat or dog. You will discover how to handle home visits and impress your potential clients. You'll also explore sticky situations that can arise, such as lost pets, pets that die unexpectedly, and pets that need immediate veterinary care.

In addition, you will delve into finances and explore start-up costs, accounting, fee setting, business plans, and low-cost marketing. You will discover how to obtain required insurance, hire employees as your business expands, and entice financial institutions to loan you money. Then you will look at many opportunities for expanding your pet sitting services. Is a dog-walking service right for you? Can you train puppies? Do you want to look after other animals, including horses? By the end of this course, you will have all the knowledge you need to become a professional pet sitter. In addition, you will discover how your pet sitting business can grow to continually challenge and satisfy you.

Enrollment Options:
3 Months Access Course Code: T9668
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$129.00 USD


  1. Welcome to the World of Pet Sitting
  2. Caring for Dogs
  3. Caring for Cats
  4. Canine and Feline Behavior
  5. Pet First Aid and Emergencies
  6. The First Meeting, Finances, and Organizing Yourself
  7. Servicing Clients and Home Visits
  8. Sticky Situations and Medicating Pets
  9. How to Market Your Pet Sitting Business
  10. How to Set up a Business
  11. Accounting, Money Management, and the Business Plan
  12. Expanding the Business for Fun and Profit



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.