Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Question: DogSitting adding free training?

Happier at Home! Pet Sitting

Question for anyone who ever thought about using a dog sitter:
We have a small family petsitting business where we focus on a small amount of clients but stellar, personalized service. We try to be the kind of pet-sitter we would want!

We go into clients' homes 2-3 times a day for between 10-30 minutes (depending on the level of need/service paid for) and walk, play, feed, whatever the pet needs.

What if we offered a short training session while visiting? The thought is it would give the dog something stimulating and fun to do (dogs LOVE training) and they would not only get their physical (potty) needs met when we were there, but also their mental needs.

We would not charge more, but add more value.
We would do 'clicker' training and give our clients a sheet of instructions and free clickers if they want to continue on their own.



  1. I think it is a marvelous idea. However, you should maybe see if your method of training meshes with the owners. We have a sheltie, very, very easy to train with just praise. She was doing pretty well with just that. Then, because I was nervous, we hired a trainer who only trained with puppy kibble. Our dog actually got untrained and learned not to do what we said unless we gave her a treat! And the type of treat kept escalating. She would do nothing for certain treats! She's smart as a whip! So make sure you see eye to eye with the owners first on the details. My humble 2 cents.

  2. I like the idea! Are you available next weekend? (I'm not even kidding!)