How to Be a Dog Sitter if You Don’t Own a Pet

So, you want to take up dog sitting, so that you can be around some furry friends but don’t have one of your own? Well, look no further. I am going to help you through the process of becoming a successful dog sitter in just nine easy steps.

Dog sitting can be an enjoyable experience and earn you some extra cash.

Pet sitters are often required for events like weddings or parties where there is a lot of activity happening at once. If you’re looking to make money while having fun with animals, then consider taking on pet sitting jobs as a side hustle.

A house sitter will usually charge between $10-$20 per hour depending on the size of the house and how many pets they’ll be caring for. This amount may vary based on location and availability.

If you’re looking to make a little bit of extra money on the side, dog sitting is a great way to go. Not only are dogs adorable, but they also provide excellent companionship for their owners. By taking care of someone else’s pet, you’ll get to know both the owner and their furry friend better. You’ll also learn more about dog behavior and how to care for them properly. It’s not just about walking them—it’s about bonding with them as well!

Take a few minutes to learn about dog body language.

Pet owners are always concerned when their dog isn’t acting normally. They might notice signs of discomfort, illness, or even aggression. These behaviors could indicate a health issue or something much worse.

If you don’t have a dog yourself, it’s important to learn as much as possible about their body language. Dogs are not humans; they have different ways of communicating. If you want to be a pet sitter, you must understand them and be able to read their body language.

There are many things that dogs do through their bodies: tail position and movement, facial expressions, ear placement and more. To begin learning about how dogs communicate through gestures and expressions, look up “dog body language” online!

What not to do when meeting a new dog

Here are some things to keep in mind when meeting a new dog for the first time.

  • Don’t try to hug or kiss a strange dog. This can be incredibly unsettling for a dog, especially if you’re a stranger.
  • It’s also important not to have any physical contact with a new dog before he accepts your presence and shows signs of friendliness.
  • Trying to pet him if he growls or shows aggression will make him even more wary of you than before, and could lead him to bite you accidentally.
  • Likewise, if the owner asks that you not pick up their pet without permission, then it’s best not to try doing so until they give their consent (and ideally only after they’ve done so).
  • Keep in mind that you won’t be able to keep their interest for extended periods of time, so don’t expect to spend hours playing with them. You have to make a good impression right away.  

Get your own home ready for the visit.

When you’re watching a dog, make sure that your home is ready for them to stay. You’ll want to create a safe environment so they can sleep soundly and feel comfortable in their surroundings. This means:

  • Create a place for the dog to sleep and rest while they are there (a crate or bed).
  • Make sure there’s enough food and water available at all times (and don’t forget treats!)
  • Give them somewhere quiet where they can go to the bathroom without getting into trouble or bothering anyone else in the house

Have some treats on hand.

A good treat can be a great motivator, but it’s important to have treats on hand that are small and easy to carry around.

Treats should be high in protein and low in sugar, so your dog doesn’t get the energy-boosting jitters from sugar crashes after eating a lot of treats. Treats should also be easy for dogs to chew, digest, and store (so no hard jerky pieces). Finally, you want your dog’s training sessions with each new sitter to be as consistent as possible—so avoid using overly spicy or smelly treats as a way to encourage good behavior.

Be prepared for accidents.

A good dog sitter will be prepared for accidents. If you don’t own a pet, you might not know how to clean up after one. But if you’re going to be offering your services as a dog sitter, it’s important that you are familiar with the basics of dog care and maintenance.

  • Have a washing machine and dryer: In order to keep your client’s home clean while they’re away, make sure that you have everything necessary (and nothing unnecessary) in their laundry room before they leave. This includes detergent, stain remover sprays/cloths/pads/bombs/etc., and an ironing board if possible. As an added bonus? They’ll probably appreciate knowing that their clothes won’t smell like wet dog when they come back from vacation!
  • Have a place for the dog to go to the bathroom: Dogs don’t always know where or when they need to relieve themselves—they just know deep down inside themselves that something needs doing immediately! You can help them out by providing them with an indoor area for this purpose—a doggy potty pad works best—as well as outdoor access when appropriate (i.e., if there is room outside).
  • Have enough beds: Dogs sleep anywhere between 10 hours per day on average so having enough spots where they can rest comfortably is important! Having multiple beds ensures both comfortability while also allowing space between pets when necessary (like during feeding times). A good rule-of-thumb here is one bed per person plus one extra – especially if there are multiple dogs sharing living quarters together.”

Keep a Routine

A routine is important for any dog, and it’s especially important for one that’s going to be spending time in new places. Keeping a routine will also help you feel more comfortable with your new roommate: dogs are creatures of habit, so they’ll appreciate knowing what to expect.

If your daily schedule is similar to the dog’s current routine at home, then keep things moving along just as they would if he were still hanging out at his own house. This means eating dinner around 6 p.m., taking a walk after dinner and before bedtime (when possible), and doing some light training exercises like playing fetch or practicing commands—all things that can be done indoors or outdoors depending on the weather where you live.

Don’t forget about nap time! If possible, try to stick with the same nap times as well as wake up times if you have an early morning start time tomorrow morning (like school).

Always have emergency contact information handy: It’s never fun to get a phone call from your landlord saying that the dog has been found wandering the neighborhood. Make sure you have someone’s number readily available in case you need to reach them quickly. If the dog needs medical attention, you want to make sure you have someone who knows how to handle emergencies like that.

Reward Good Behaviour

Some dogs behave better when they’re rewarded for good behavior. The best way to reward your dog is with praise and treats. You can also play games or take a walk together, but these things are more fun if you do them regularly and naturally, rather than just because it’s time for a treat.

Your dog will love being affectionate with you, but you should only give him affection when he’s calm and well behaved. This will help him learn that being calm means he gets what he wants: affection!

Exercise and Play

  • Play with the dogs. Let them stretch their legs, run around a little and play with you. Take walks where they can sniff around and make new friends—it’s good for both of you!
  • Fetch: Playing fetch with your dog will not only give them some exercise, but it can also help relieve stress and anxiety in your pet. It’s great fun for both of you!
  • Hide & Seek: This game not only helps the dogs get some exercise by running around to find their owner (and vice versa), but it also provides mental stimulation for both parties involved in this game. If there aren’t any other people on hand who want to join in on this activity, then why not hide yourself as well?


If you’re looking for extra income and love dogs, dog sitting might be the perfect job for you. It can also be a great way to add a pet to your life if you aren’t quite ready to take the plunge and make that lifelong commitment. All it takes is some preparation, a few supplies from the store, and plenty of patience!