Rover sitters are dog lovers first, but they’ve also taken care of cats, rats, and even horses. Even if you’re not into reptiles, or you’ve never really understood the appeal of cats (what are theyreallythinking?), understanding how to take care of other pets will make you more appealing to dog owners who have other pets. And of course, if you have your own cats or caged pets, these tips will come in handy for you too.
Whether you’ve just started your dog-sitting or dog-walking business or you’ve been doing this for years, there are a few key things you can do to keep pets happy and healthy. It all comes down to meeting their basic needs, paying attention to their body language, and taking a few extra safety precautions. Let’s dive right in.
Puppy owners love the one-on-one care that sitters and dog walkers on Rover can provide. And you probably don’t mind getting paid to snuggle big-eyed, adorably clumsy puppies trying to figure out how legs work.
But with all that cuteness comes one main thing to acknowledge: Puppies will be puppies. Puppies chew stuff, pee on things, pull on the leash, and bark. Your goal as a pet sitter or dog walker should be to keep the puppy as safe and happy as possible, and that involves working with all of the facets that come with canine little bundles of joy.
Here at Rover, we love dogs—and guess what…we love cats too! If you’re one of the many sitters on Rover who offers cat care, we’ve got tons of advice to help you get off on the right paw (forgive our wordplay). An important thing to know: taking care of someone else’s cat is not the same as caring for your own. So whether you’re a cat newbie or a lifelong lover of nature’s most complicated quadruped, make sure you get the info you need during or before the Meet & Greet—just like you would when learning about someone’s dog.
A lot of sitters and dog walkers have asked us what kinds of photos their clients like to see, whether it’s on sitter profiles or a photo update taken during a walk. Here are some quick tips we’ve learned over the years that’ll help you snag new clients and make your existing ones happy.
Being familiar with a dog’s vital signs is one easy, important way you can help a dog in distress. Whenever you have concerns about a dog in your care, you can check their vital signs to provide crucial information to a veterinarian. Also, knowing how to periodically check and record normal vital signs like a dog’s heart rate will give you a baseline of what is “normal” for that dog in case of an accident or illness.