Semantics

September 18, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Boarding, Pets 

The definition of a pet sitter, according to various dictionaries, is “caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home”.

The definition of boarding is care for a pet at an establishment which provides accommodation, feeding and general care for dogs and cats on a short term, or longer, basis. In-home boarding is by a pet care provider who provides care in their own home.

So, based on the definitions, a pet sitter will provide care in the pet’s home and not in the pet sitter’s home. In that case it is boarding.

Pets Stay Home Training & Care is a premium pet care and dog training service in Parksville, BC. http://www.petsstayhome.ca

Timed Visits for Pet Sitters

August 23, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Pets 

Some pet sitters advertise 20 minute visits or 30 minute visits and charge a different rate for each. I have to wonder, what if the pet is ill, needs extra care or if there is a problem in the house? What do you do then? Do you say, “Time’s up, have to leave!”?

We don’t provide timed visits. We know that one day the basic care is fine and the next day the pet may need extra time. But even basic care can be 30 minutes. It’s surprising the amount of work that is involved in pet care. Timed visits do not work!

Pets Stay Home Training & Care is a premium pet care and dog training service located in Parksville, BC. www.petsstayhome.ca

Retirement Business

August 17, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Business 

What do retired people for the next 10 to 20 years after retiring? Travelling, golfing and having lots of free time can become old very quickly. Some start consulting businesses in their specialty, others start B&B’s, some open stores and coffee shops. I started a pet service. This business idea was something that I had read about long before I retired.

I had read the book, Pet Sitting for Profit by Patti Moran. Many parts of that book spoke to me Read more

To Board or Not to Board

December 17, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Boarding 

This is one question that many clients will ask when it comes to care for their dogs. I had previously posted on this topic, and have a few more thoughts on the subject.

Each situation needs to be assessed independently. There are some cases where home care is the best choice; other cases where boarding may be the better option.

Consider the following two cases: Read more