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Services for pet owners

These services can be offered by anyone willing to set up a home based business. Establishing yourself as reliable, trustworthy, and good with animals is key to providing good service and building a loyal client base.

Dog walker, exerciser, playmate. Take dog to the local park for play and exercise.

House sitting and pet sitting when owners are gone.

Poop scooping a yard.

Teach dog simple obedience skills or take him to obedience school.

Pet Taxi Service: Take dog to vet & grooming appointments.

If you love pets and want to work with them for a living, job opportunities abound. If you have basic knowledge of pet care, turn your interest into a great part-time job or a satisfying career by working with animals. You will also provide needed services for your community

People who work with pets need to have knowledge of animal behavior. What motivates a dog? Why do cats sleep so much? Since you will be working closely with animals it is essential that you know how to interact with them effectively. Where do cats like to be stroked? What are basic obedience commands every dog should know and how do you teach them? Knowledge of animal behavior can keep animal care workers from being bitten or scratched.

Knowledge of issues in feeding and grooming provides a sound basis for making care decisions. Principles of good nutrition vary from species to species, and older pets have different nutrition requirements than young pets have. Pets with specific health problems may have dietary restrictions. Each species has grooming requirements. Cleaning ears, teeth, and eyes may be part of a dog’s health care routine. Long-haired cats will need to be brushed regularly. Other care needs are specific to breeds. A good care worker will know the care that each breed or species requires.

Pet owners consider their pets part of the family and are willing to spend money on pet services. Be part of this growing trend!

Encyclopedia of pets & pet care : the essential family reference guide to pet breeds and pet care
David Alderton ... [et al.].
London : Lorenz Books, 2006.
Authoritative family guide to choosing and caring for puppies and dogs, kittens and cats, small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and fish.
     
How to start a home-based pet care business
Kathy Salzberg.
Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, c2006.
Includes index.
     
Encyclopedia of pets & pet care : the essential family reference guide to pet breeds and pet care
David Alderton ... [et al.].
London : Lorenz Books ; Lanham, MD : Distributed by National Book Network, c2004.
Authoritative family guide to choosing and caring for small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and fish.
     
How to start a home-based pet care business.
by Kathy Salzberg.
Guilford, CT : Globe Pequot Press, c2002.
This series provides the tools to help launch a successful home business and keep it running in today's competitive environment. Like having a personal business advisor, each title in this series provides insider information from professionals who have done it themselves, including: -- Essential information on start-up costs, self-evaluation, and zoning regulations-- Advice on how to attract first-time customers, maintain a loyal client base, and price services competitively and profitably-- Easy-to-use worksheets and questionnaires to help entrepreneurs focus on success, plus sample business forms-- Listings of contacts, organizations, and phone numbers of people in the trade-- Internet sites as sources of information, marketing and selling, and making contacts
     
The ASPCA complete guide to pet care
David Carroll ; introduction by Roger Cavas.
New York : Plume, c2001.
Written in cooperation with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The ASPCA Complete Guide to Pet Care provides pet lovers with everything they need to know about maintaining the health and well-being of their domestic animals. With individual chapters on each of the most common species of pets, this book is perfect for families that live with more than one type of animal. The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions include: * Choosing the right pet * What to do when bringing your pet home for the first time * Pet feeding techniques * The best way to pick up your cat * Refresher courses for housebreaking your dog Plus: * Children and pets * Traveling with pets * Animal diseases that may be contagious to humans * Emergency care for your pet . . . and much more. From avoiding predator-prey mixtures in your fish tank to training your guineapig to use a litter box, and featuring an appendix of helpful organizations,The ASPCA Complete Guide to Pet Care is sure to become a perennial favorite among pet lovers everywhere.
     

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff