It takes a certain type of individual to become a pet sitter. Unfortunately, not everyone is cut out to be a pet sitter, even some people who claim to enjoy the company of animals. A love of animals is an absolute must, as you will be dealing with a lot of people’s pets once you start working as a pet sitter. But more is required. You also need to exercise patience toward pets placed in your care.
Be Patient While Walking Dogs
Walking dogs is a great form of exercise for dogs. Many eagerly look forward to their daily walk and will even wait by the front door until it is time to go out for a stroll. As a pet sitter, it is your responsibility to ensure that dogs receive plenty of exercise during their walk.
Do not just walk the dog to the end of the block. Take your time, let the dog explore and do not rush the dog. A 5-minute walk will not give dogs the all-round exercise that he requires. Talk to pet owners and try to shoot for at least an hour or more during visits.
Be Patient While House Training Pets
If pet owners have hired you to litter train their kittens while they are at work, you will need to be patient with the kittens rather than expect instant results. Most kittens will quickly learn how to use the litter tray, while others will stubbornly refuse, and puppies will usually have accidents around the home before they are finally housebroken.
When training kittens and puppies, repetition is important. Just as toddlers take a while to be potty trained, the same is also true for kittens and puppies. Be careful not to scold kittens and puppies during the training period, as this can be counterproductive and actually lead to further accidents around the home.
Be Patient While Medicating Sick Pets
It can be heart-wrenching to care for sick pets, especially terminally ill pets. If you need to medicate sick pets, you will need to be resourceful and patient to help reduce the animal’s distress and make sure the medication is taken on time each day. Allow plenty of time so that you are not rushing around trying to administer the medication just before you leave for the day.
If the pet becomes distressed and has a habit of spitting out pills, refer to the pet owner’s instructions and take the extra time to ensure the medication has been properly taken. Be patient with the pet so that you do not increase its anxiety levels speaking in a low tone, stroking the pet’s fur and offering a treat afterwards, if appropriate.
A patient pet sitter will earn the trust and esteem of pet owners and pets. Allow extra time to accomplish tasks such as walking the dog, toilet training, and while medicating sick pets. If you do, pets will be more likely to follow your instructions and commands.