Pet sitting is a great profession for people who love animals but overworking yourself can lead to potential hazards that an overworked, overtired, and over-committed pet sitter might not see and may make mistakes that might put them in harm’s way.
In today’s article we will discuss about self-care tips for pet sitters when entering clients’ homes and taking proper precautions when deal with an aggressive pet.
There is no reason for you to take every job that comes your way. Yes, you’ve started a small business and you need to make more clients to be known in the industry, but you are no use to a client if you are overworked. It is not only bad for your business but also for your well-being because a less alert pet sitter may not recognize red flags at the job that indicate danger.
So, to avoid all of that, learn to say that “I’m booked.” It is extremely important that you recognize your limitations and that includes not taking every job that comes your way, even it is from a current client. It is much easier to make careless mistakes when you are swamped with work.
You can come with an excuse when you know you’re at capacity and have an excuse ready so no one can catch you off guard.
Saying “yes” to everything that comes your way can be really bad for business as well. Schedule aside, there are some pet sitting assignments in the business that you probably do not have a clue about, and saying yes to it could also put you in harm’s way and jeopardize your credentials as a professional pet sitter.
Some pet sitting services are not a good match for you and there is no shame in realizing that fact. It is just the way things work and above all you should take care of your health because in this business it is easy to put yourself last.
Focus on your health, and while preparing food for the pet before the visit, prepare a snack for yourself before you head out. Also, be mindful of the weather, because there is no point in risking your health and the pet’s health in extreme cold and extreme heat.
Build yourself a support network which could come in handy by understanding all the joys and struggles of the business. You can also learn a lot for people who are in the same business, and their stories could help you grow as a pet sitter yourself and be aware of potential safety concerns.