Ruff month for your bank account?
Or maybe you just want to fluff it up a little? (Ugh, throw me a bone, guys!)
DogVacay is actively seeking dog (and cat!) lovers in the U.S. and Canada. Basically, you can get paid to walk around town and play with your favorite furry friends — and you get to set your own rates.
Sold? Here are the details.
What’s DogVacay All About?
DogVacay is an online service similar to Rover and Wag!, two brands you might already know.
Pet owners go online to solicit pet sitters — no cold kennels required. Services range from at-home boarding to training and dog walking. It’s kind of like a rent-a-dog program, but you get paid.
“Whether you‘re retired, a work-at-home professional, a college student, or just a lifelong pet lover, DogVacay makes it easy to earn money watching pups,” the site states.
As a sitter, you set your own pay rate and availability. Can only take dogs for a walk on the weekend? No problem!
Where Do I Sign Up to Walk Dogs?!
As a sitter, you’ll create an online profile, establish your availability and detail your experience with dogs. You’ll also note if you’re down with dogs coming to your house, then answer questions about your place.
After that, you’ll mark which services you’re willing to provide. These include overnight boarding in your home, daycare in your home, sitting (with the dog) at a client’s home overnight, walking, making home visits, training, grooming, bathing (no thanks!) and pick-up/drop-off.
You can then note if you’re interested in a meet-and-greet before accepting bookings, which might be good to get a feel for the pet and the owner.
Oh, and you can decide which dogs you’ll accept, based on size, age and medical needs.
Finally, you’ll complete your listing with a title, a short profile and a beautiful picture of you (nope, not your dog’s face). You also need to take photos of your home (interior and exterior), although professional skills aren’t required.
Your Turn: Have you ever gotten paid to be a pet-sitter?
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents. She owns a Boston Terrier and a rescue mutt.