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Start a Pet Sitting Business

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.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting March 13 | April 17

Start a Pet Sitting Business


Details + Objectives

Course Code: psb

What You Will Learn
  • Learn what pet sitters do
  • Gain an understanding of how dogs and cats are different and require different care
  • Learn about feeding, watering, and exercising pets
  • Discover different emergency situations you may encounter and how to handle them
  • Learn what to do when a cat or dog becomes aggressive and some strategies for dealing with behavioral issues
  • Learn how to make a good impression when talking to prospective clients
  • Learn the types of questions to ask and the information you need from your clients when making your initial home visit
  • Learn what to do when a pet gets lost or needs expensive veterinary care
  • Discover tools and techniques for building your clientele
  • Learn what you will need to establish your business including licenses, contracts, and insurance
  • Learn to create a business plan to determine start-up costs as well as the ongoing costs of running a pet business
  • Discover other services you can offer such as grooming, nail clipping, dog walking, puppy training, etc.
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • If you are an animal lover, turn your passion into a profitable career
  • Master the essentials of running a cat and dog sitting business
  • Discover how a pet sitting business can grow to continually challenge and satisfy you


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Week 1

In this first lesson, you will discover what pet sitters do, what the many benefits are, and how to determine if there is a strong market for this business in your area. Then you will find out how to care for dogs. You will learn how to feed and water them, and ways to get the exercise the pet needs without overdoing. You will examine a dog’s vital signs and review specific conditions dogs sometimes develop. You will look at two emergency situations that can mean the difference between life and death for a dog and what to do if they arise.

Week 2

Gain understanding of cats and their nutritional requirements. You will look at health concerns from hairballs and abscesses to more serious conditions, such as thromboembolism and urinary blockages. You will learn how to identify these diseases and how to evaluate a cat’s vital signs so you can be alert to emergency situations. Then you will gain insights into how dogs and cats think. You will gain quick tips on how to protect yourself when working with aggressive cats and dogs. You will also learn strategies for dealing with common feline and canine behavioral issues you will encounter as you care for them.

Week 3

This lesson will show you how to recognize and deal with pet emergencies that can arise. You will learn what to do with a bleeding pet or what to do if a pet has an allergic reaction or experiences shock. You will find out what to do with conditions such as vomiting and diarrhea, foreign bodies, and eye problems. You will also discover what to do during the birthing process. You will learn how to do CPR on pets and what to include in a first aid kit. Then you will find out how to make the best impression to a new client. You will discover how much you can earn and how many calls you can do in a day, as well as how to get organized to get the most out of your new business.

Week 4

Find out what to do during the home visit. You will learn about the kind of information to get from your clients in advance such as: how to manage keys and alarm systems, feeding, exercise, and the pet’s day to day activities. Then you will learn to cope with what happens when the pet you are caring for gets lost or needs some expensive veterinary care. You will also learn to administer injections, eye and ear drops, and other kinds of medication.

Week 5

Discover the different tools and techniques you can use to build your clientele. You will start with basic marketing materials like business cards and brochures. You will look at advertising and consider if paid advertisements are worth the money. You will explore ways to establish and deepen your relationship with clients and keep them happy and loyal. Then you will learn about the licenses you will need and get a good sense of why contracts with customers are important. You will look at different types of insurance, both for the business and you personally. And learn the ins and outs of having employees.

Week 6

In this final lesson, you will look at accounting so you can see where your business is heading financially. You will find out how to determine start-up costs as well as the ongoing costs of running a pet sitting business. You will gain some suggestions to ensure your clients pay in a timely fashion. Then you will discover the other services you might want to consider offering such as grooming, cutting nails, brushing teeth, dog walking, puppy training, home sitting, etc.

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Instructors & Support

Jeff Grognet

Jeff Grognet has been a companion animal veterinarian for 25 years. He was a pioneer in the field of veterinary assistant teaching, developing his first course more than 18 years ago. Due to the success of his veterinary receptionist/assistant courses, he expanded his teaching into other high-demand areas including pet first aid and alternative medical therapies for companion animals. He practices at a veterinary hospital and contributes regularly to several magazines.


Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

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

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

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


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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