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Course Description

This is a guide to the ins and outs of starting and maintaining a successful pet sitting and pet walking service.  Pet sitting and pet walking businesses were almost unheard of a generation ago, but today they are in every major city and most towns.  Today's pet owners treat their pets like members of the family and want them to be comfortable, happy and well-exercised.  Unfortunately, our busy lifestyles make it difficult for many of us to be able to give our pets everything they need, particularly with demanding work schedules keeping us from being available during the day like we would like.
 
Pet walkers and pet sitters give pet owners the ideal solution by providing professional care and companionship for their pets during the hours they can't be there.  If you're an animal lover, you may have considered this rewarding career path, but it isn't for everyone.  You'll also have to have a good head for business, organization skills, dedication and the ability to handle crisis situations with calm and professionalism.  There is a great deal to know about running your own business as well – it's not just about your interaction with the animals.  It's about working with your human clients, managing a budget and understanding marketing and a business plan. 
This course will give you the bones of what to expect and point you in the direction of the resources you'll need to set up your fledgling pet sitting and/or pet walking business.  If you read this and know that it's the right job for you, you'll soon be on the way to a career you love!
 
Pet Sitting 101

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1. Is a Pet Care Business Right for You?

    Evaluating your motivation and talents thoroughly before moving forward on a pet sitting or dog walking business can save you lots of headaches. Headaches in addition to a great deal of time and money invested in what might not be the right business for y
  • Lesson 2. Preparation and Training

    You need to be fully prepared and have the proper training before you even think about putting together a business such as a pet sitter or dog walker.
  • Lesson 3. Business Plans and Protecting Yourself

    A business plan is a roadmap leading from where you are now to where you want to be with your business. It is essential to have a business plan if you will need to borrow money from a lender for your business; and even if you do not borrow money.
  • Lesson 4. Professional Organization

    Set up a formalized fee schedule and organize your schedule so that there are no mix-ups. You also do not run late, leaving clients in a bind, these are all part of being professional and reliable.
  • Lesson 5. Forms Every Pet Sitter and Dog Walker Should Have

    There are numerous forms that you should design on your computer or have made at a print shop so that they look professional and are easy to read and use.
  • Lesson 6. Equipping Yourself and Your Vehicle

    This lesson will review how to properly outfit yourself and your car and have the proper gear for any pet care assignment.
  • Lesson 7. Marketing Your Pet Sitting or Dog Walking Service

    Marketing your business effectively is crucial to your success.
  • Lesson 8. Meeting Your Clients

    As a dog walker or pet sitter, you will have two very different types of clients to impress; the individuals who are hiring you and also their cherished pets. The initial meeting between you and your potential client is crucial.
  • Lesson 9. Success Tips for Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters

    This lesson provides you with some tried and true rules to keep in mind to simplify things for you.
  • Lesson 10. Keeping it Personal

    You can develop personal relationships with all your clients while still being a professional.
  • Lesson 11. Handling Difficult Clients

    You will inevitably run into a difficult client. Whether it is over a billing dispute or something serious such as how you handled an emergency situation, you must know how to deal with an irate or dissatisfied customer appropriately
  • Lesson 12. When You are Ready to Grow!

    Expansion requires a great deal of commitment and planning. It is crucial to plan carefully and handle the process properly for successful growth.
Course Title: Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Business 101
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
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Course Number: 7550131
Course Type: How To
Course URL: http://petsitting.onlineclasses.com
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Requirements: View Technical Requirements
Course Fee: Basic Course: $35.00 (no CEU Certification)
  with CEU Certification: $60.00
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CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
Standard: Course Adheres to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify whether a pet care business is right for you.
  • Describe preparation and training.
  • Summarize business plans and methods for protecting yourself.
  • Summarize the forms every pet sitter and dog walker should have.
  • Describe equipping yourself and your vehicle.
  • Describe marketing your pet sitting/dog walking service.
  • Summarize how to find new clients and keep existing ones by keeping it personal.
  • Describe handling difficult clients, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 1 ExamExam8
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 2 ExamExam11
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment30
Lesson 3 ExamExam11
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 4 ExamExam10
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 5 ExamExam10
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment15
Lesson 6 ExamExam8
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 7 ExamExam10
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 8 ExamExam8
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment15
Lesson 9 ExamExam8
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment30
Lesson 10 ExamExam8
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 11 ExamExam8
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 12 ExamExam9
The Final Exam: How to Start a Pet Sitting/Walking BusinessExam570
Total Points:909

Student Testimonials

  • "It was straight to the point. The key information was there. It was perfect for my needs. Course was brilliant, so perfect it was scary!" -- Brandy N.
  • "I found the billing and how to handle different types of animals and about their needs most helpful." -- Mary B.
  • "It was all very helpful for me to obtain the knowledge I need to start a dog walking business." -- Arthur B.
  • "I found this whole course helpful in many ways and really enjoyed doing this." -- Emily K.
  • "I enjoyed taking the course and found it very informative." -- Pamela P.
  • "I found the CONCEPT of each lesson most helpful. In each case I was surprised to find there were so many things I had not known about - or perhaps would not have thought of in starting out as a pet sitter. People would say to me, "How much is there to know?" and I would answer, "Have you thought of THIS or THAT?" - and in each case the person would have to answer, "Yes, I had not thought of this or that." I found the form samples most helpful and I certainly learned a lot in the marketing section. Thanks for a great fun course." -- Marion S.
  • "All of the lessons explained things in detail." -- Sharon E.

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