I really enjoyed this course. Jeff is an excellent instructor. I learned a great deal about the pet sitting business and quite a bit more about animals. The course is structured and has covered everything needed in detail to answer my questions. I now have the confidence to put it all together. Jeff is very encouraging and knowledgeable."
I loved this course! I've always had an interest in pet sitting. I have been doing it for friends and family for years now, but I just never realized I could do it as a career. I'm thankful for the knowledge that I've gained through this course. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do in the world of pet sitting."
I am so glad I did this course! Before, I thought, “Oh, I’ll just start a pet-sitting business.” Now I realize what is really involved in caring for someone else’s “fur child.” I cannot believe how much information Jeff packed into this little six-week course. All of the lessons were valuable, interesting, and engaging. I feel totally prepared to start my own business now, and I am also thinking about how I can expand to offer other services in the future. I would recommend that anyone considering starting a pet-sitting business take this course—you will learn SO much and be more professional and marketable as a result. I loved it! Thanks, Jeff."
Thank you so much for this packed-with-knowledge class. As a long-time animal (dog, cat and horse) owner, I thought I knew all there was to know when I began taking this course. Wow, was I wrong. There is so much good information here that it enhanced my basic knowledge and has given me the confidence to start my own small business."
Enjoyable learning and reading of the information and quizzes. I would refer anyone wanting to start pet-sitting to this course. Thank you!"
I want to pet sit when I retire from full-time work...I learned a lot of medical concepts that people never think about. I also learned a lot about the many needed forms for running this type of business. The instructor gave many helpful links and he and his assistant answered any questions posted on the discussion boards."
Pet sitting is something I've wanted to do, but didn't know where to start. This course was exactly what I was looking for! I've already started the process - thanks to my instructor. I can't wait to see where this road goes!"
I enjoyed this class very much, and I'm very impressed with the material that was covered. I honestly felt that every point was touched on that I will need to start my business. Wonderful instructor!"
I would definitely recommend this course anyone thinking of starting a pet sitting business...In addition to good information regarding the business side of pet sitting, it contains insight on how to tell if a pet needs medical attention and what should be considered an emergency. There's much more information in this course than I expected!"
Thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I especially enjoyed the lessons on caring for pets and what do in emergency situations. It gave me the impetus to get going. Last week I had my first clients. The course knowledge came in handy and the clients have already booked again for a week in 2016...Thank you!"
Course Code: psb
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
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.
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.
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.