Hosting canine guests over Halloween weekend? This time of ghosts and ghouls can cause anxiety leading to problem behaviors, especially for pets that are just settling in with a new sitter. Follow these five tips to make sure that your stay is a treat, visiting dogs don’t get away with any tricks, and most importantly, fun doesn’t turn to real fear!
The holidays can be a busy time, and there’s a lot for pet sitters to keep in mind. From new foods to house guests, Thanksgiving presents unique challenges. Here are 5 tips for keeping dogs safe this Thanksgiving.
Celebrating the holidays with family, especially fuzzy family members, can be absolutely delightful. With a little preparation and dog-proofing, you can have a safe and relaxed holiday with your dog. For sitters caring for dogs, now is a great time to reviewRover 101 for additional tips.
Whether you’re looking forward to spending summer with your own pets or your Rover dogs, it’s important to remember that summer comes with its own unique challenges, including overheating and dog escapes. Follow these tips to make sure your canine companions stay cool and close to home.
While parties, burgers on the grill, and fireworks are fun for people, most dogs aren’t quite as thrilled about the celebration of our independence. Even mellow dogs can become stressed or anxious at the first sign of fireworks—and once they’re under the bed, it can be tough to give them the comfort they need. But don’t worry: We’re here with some tips to help your dog feel less anxious this 4th of July.
Since the holidays are a busy season for our sitters, we want to make sure you’re prepared for all the extra excitement, especially if you’re hosting a gatheringanda Rover guest. Just like us, dogs get excited about all the extra hubbub (and all those delicious smells coming from the kitchen). Here’s how to make sure the only kind of excitement that happens is the good kind.
Valentine’s Day means flowers, chocolates, and popping some bubbly—with your human date, of course! While getting your home prepped for date night, keep your dog in mind, too. It’s important to make sure your furry valentine is safe from potentially harmful holiday treats and decor.
At Rover, we’re happy we can provide a platform for you to run and manage your dog-sitting business, and we take safety and security very seriously. Although it’s rare, we know dog-sitter profiles could become the target of phishing scams looking for your personal information. The good news is there are three key ways you can keep your Rover profile safe and secure.
Sure, being a pet sitter or dog walker is a labor of love, but getting paid is a pretty big bonus. That being said, you probably have a few tax and payment questions—you’re not alone. We’ve taken some time to collect and answer our most common questions about sitter finances.
December is one of the busiest times of year for Rover sitters. With all of the stays going on, this is the perfect opportunity to turn first-time clients into repeat clients. Follow this advice and impress pet parents this season.
Without a doubt, this will be our biggest summer ever, and we want it to be big for you too! Here’s a behind-the-scenes sample of what we’re doing to make sure you can fill your summer with dog playtime.
Sixty-five percent of pet parents on Rover say sitter and dog walker reviews play a role in deciding which people to contact. We previously gave you sometips to make sure you give your clients a 5-star experience, but how do you get pet parents to sit down and actually write your 5-star review?
Rover provides you with a set of tools to help you promote your dog sitting business. From social media options like Facebook to advertising platforms like Craigslist, to aRover Storewhere you can order custom business cards or Rover shirts, you’ve got some great choices when it comes to gaining new clients. First, we want to share our #1 tip. Beyond that, we asked sitters to share their creative ways to get new clients. Some ideas use items from the Rover store, and some involve homemade crafts or special events. Check ’em out!
At this point, you may already have a few stays under your belt (and you’ve made some new dog friends, too). There’s no secret formula for being a great sitter, but we’ve figured out a few ways you can make a lasting impression on dog owners—and their pets too. It all adds up to your earning loyal clients as you grow your business.
You’ve probably heard a few differing opinions about what kinds of collars, harnesses, and leashes you should use on walks. As a dog sitter, you won’t be making decisions about which training tools are right for your dog, but familiarizing yourself with the different tools out there will help you identify how to use them. And, if you have a dog of your own, you’ll be able to make more informed decisions about what’s right for your needs.
As a sitter, you’ve endured slobbery kisses, surprise accidents, and made dog hair a fashion statement. But what do you do when you’re faced with a more challenging dog client—one who acts out when they miss their owner or growls when they see another dog? Never fear—we want to share some tips that’ll help you tackle everything from separation anxiety to leash pulling.
Can you tell if a dog is happy, angry, or nervous, just by looking at them? As a sitter, you meet new dogs all the time. Learning to identify how they’re feeling—and greeting them appropriately—will help you be successful.
Occasionally, a dog in your care may be reactive and overreact to stimuli they encounter on walks. So what do you do if the sweet dog in your care barks and lunges on leash? Whether they are uncomfortable around people, bicycles, or other dogs, a reactive dog can have a great walk if you follow these tips.
You love walking dogs: it’s one of the best parts of being a pet sitter. But how can you introduce your canine client to another dog safely while on leash? Here are some tips to ensure that each walk goes smoothly.
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.