How to become a Pet Sitter/Home Boarding Service

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: August 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Pet sitters look after other people's pets while their owners are at work or otherwise away from home. They usually visit customers' homes once or twice a day to walk and feed their pet animals. Others provide a home boarding service, where pets are looked after in the pet sitter's own home. Some pet sitters also provide a house-sitting service, bringing in post, putting out bins or watering house plants while the owner is away from home.

Home boarding services for pets in England, Wales and Scotland must be licensed to trade by the environmental health department of the local authority in the area where they are located. In Northern Ireland they are licensed by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

This profile provides information about starting up and running a pet sitting and home boarding service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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