Pet Sitters

When pet owners are on vacation or working long hours, they hire pet sitters to come to their homes and care for their animals. During short, daily visits, pet sitters feed the animals, play with them, clean up after them, give them medications when needed, and let them in and out of the house for exercise. Dog walkers may be responsible only for taking their clients' pets out for exercise. Pet sitters may also be available for overnight stays, looking after the houses of clients as well as their pets. According to Pet Sitters International, pet sitting is one of the fastest-growing home-based businesses.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Dog Walkers
Duties Feed, walk, and play with client's pets in their homes; administer medication as needed; bring in mail, water plants, and safely lock up the house after leaving; communicate with the pet owner regarding the welfare of the animal; maintain billing and payment
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience Any previous experience working with animals
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Social
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Pet Sitting Company
  • Certified Pet Sitter
  • Pet Sitter

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