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How To Start and Operate a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business

These sessions of "How To Start and Operate a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business" will take you from the very beginning, when you're only thinking about starting this business, to organizing it and finally to the point where you will collect your fees in checks or credit card payments.
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Dec 31, 2015

Veterinary Release Form

Veterinarian Name:

Address:

Phone #:

To the Veterinarian – Hospital

<Name of your Company> has been contracted to pet sit for my pet(s) and has my permission to place them in your care in case of an emergency. <Name of your Company> will attempt to contact me as soon as medical care is deemed necessary. However, in the event I cannot be reached immediately, I authorize you to treat my pet(s) and will be responsible for payment of any fees as stated below. Please file this form with my records.

 

Pet Owner:

Address:

Phone – email:

Pet(s):

  1. If above-named veterinarian is not available, I agree that another vet in his/her practice may care for my pets. If neither of these veterinarians are available, I give permission for <Name of your Company> to take my pet(s) to the nearest animal hospital or emergency clinic.

 

  1. I give permission for <Name of your Company> to approve treatment up to $_______. (Initial ______)

 

  1. I understand that <Name of your Company> assumes no responsibility for the loss of any pet and is released from all liability related to transportation, treatment and expense.

 

  1. Other conditions, if any:

 

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Tools of the Trade

 

Shoes

Sole inserts

Clothing

White for summer

Darker for colder weather

Shorts

T-Shirt or short-sleeve shirt

Hat with sun visor

Sweatband

Sunglasses

Long Pants

Long sleeve shirt

Jacket with hood

Stocking hat

Ear muffs

Gloves

Scarf

Handkerchief

Towel for self

Fanny Pack

Carabiner with cord for keys

Smart phone

Storage clip board

Extra blank forms

Dog treats

Extra pens

Binder for daily forms & keys

Brief case

Pens

Business cards

Poopie bags

Leashes

Double Leashes

Extra collars

Facemask

Shoe Covers

Towel for pets

Portable vacuum cleaner

Rug shampoo

Garbage bags

Pet poop spray

Air freshener

Dog and cat treats in containers

Lunch on ice in Igloo

Camping cutlery

More than enough to drink, preferably water

Thermos of coffee or tea

Baby Wipes, non alcohol

Tissues

Umbrella or poncho

Bucket for wet umbrella or poncho

Small bucket with plastic bag for trash

Various plastic bins to store equipment

Knife or scissors

Bicycle rear-view clip-on mirror for glasses

First aid kit

Can of wasp spray for protection

Automobile needs

Plastic signs for car

Computer with printer and internet connection

Email

Word processor

Spreadsheet

Filing cabinet

Hanging files with manila folders

Calculator

Label maker

 

Dec 9, 2015

YOUR LOGO                                                                  YOUR CONTACT INFO

 

CLIENT INFORMATION

 

Name: ______________________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________ City; Zip:____________________

Phones: Home: ____________________________ /__________________________

Name: __________________ Work: _________________  Cell: _______________

Name: __________________ Work: _________________  Cell: _______________

Name–email: _________________________________________________________

Name–email: ________________________________________________________

Emergency Contact:     ________________________________________________

Emergency Contact:     ________________________________________________

Location of Extra Key: _________________________________________________

Alarm deactivation Code: _______________________________________________

Alarm activation Code: _________________________________________________

Alarm company Name: _________________________________________________

Alarm company Phone: ________________________________________________

Additional Information: _________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

 

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YOUR LOGO                                                                       YOUR CONTACT INFO

 

DOG INFORMATION

Please complete for each pet

 

Client’s Name: _______________________________________

Dog’s Name: ____________  Breed: ______ Gender  M  F  Neutered / Spayed  Y  N

Age: ______  Dog Rabies Tag #: ____________Expiration Date: _______________

Micro-chipped: Y  N  Chip #: _________ Registry Co / Phone #:________________

FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS: ______________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

Medication Information: ________________________________________________

Favorite Games / Toys: ________________________________________________

Hiding Places: ________________________________________________________

When you walk your dog what does s/he do when s/he sees another dog:

□ Ignores the other dog

□ Shows some interest but keeps on walking

□ Wags tails and wants to play

□ Growls and becomes aggressive

□ Pulls hard on the leash to try to get to other dog

 

When you walk your dog what does s/he do when s/he sees a cat:

□ Ignores the cat

□ Shows some interest but keeps on walking

□ Wags tails and wants to play

□ Growls and becomes aggressive

□ Pulls hard on the leash to try to get to cat

 

Commands your dog knows (i.e. heel, sit, etc) _____________________________

Does your dog come when called? Y  N

Where do you dispose of your dog’s waste? ________________________________

 

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YOUR LOGO                                                                      YOUR CONTACT INFO

 

CAT INFORMATION

Please complete for each pet

 

Client’s Name: _______________________________________

Cat’s Name: ________  Breed: ______ Gender  M  F  Neutered / Spayed  YES / NO

Age: ______  Cat Rabies Tag #: __________________Expiration Date: _________

Micro-chipped: YES / NO  Chip #: ________ Registry Co / Phone #:____________

FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS: ______________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

Medication Information: ________________________________________________

Favorite Games / Toys: ________________________________________________

Hiding Places: ________________________________________________________

 

Does your cat try to escape? YES / NO

Will your cat not eat when stressed? YES / NO

Is your cat prone to hairballs? YES / NO

Is your cat skittish with strangers? YES / NO

Does your cat use the litter box reliably? YES / NO

Is your cat fearful of loud noises? YES / NO

Does your cat like to be petted? YES / NO

Does your cat like to be held? YES / NO

Has your cat ever bitten anyone? YES / NO

 

Where do you dispose of your cat’s waste? ________________________________

Special Instructions: ___________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

 

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YOUR LOGO                                                                       YOUR CONTACT INFO

 

VETERINARY RELEASE

 

Veterinarian Name: ___________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

Phone #: ____________________________________________________________

 

To the Veterinarian – Hospital

<name of your company> has been contracted to pet sit for my pet(s) and has my permission to place them in your care in case of an emergency.<name of your company> will attempt to contact me as soon as medical care is deemed necessary. However, in the event I cannot be reached immediately, I authorize you to treat my pet(s) and will be responsible for payment of any fees as stated below. Please file this form with my records.

 

Pet Owner: __________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

Phone – email: _______________________________________________________

Pet(s): ______________________________________________________________

 

If above-named veterinarian is not available, I agree that another vet in his/her practice may care for my pets. If neither of these veterinarians are available, I give permission for <name of your company> to take my pet(s) to the nearest animal hospital or emergency clinic.
 

I give permission for <name of your company> to approve treatment up to $_______. (Initial ______)
 

I understand that <name of your company> assumes no responsibility for the loss of any pet and is released from all liability related to transportation, treatment and expense.
 

Other conditions, if any: ________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

My pet(s) has / have the following health issues: ____________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

This document for treatment has no expiration date unless otherwise noted

________________________________________________________________

Client Signature                                                                      Date

 

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                                            YOUR COMPANY NAME    
                                          Daily Notes & Checklist 
 
Client's Name:_____________________    Day/Date:___________________  

                                                                     Arrival Time:_____________

                                                                 Departure Time: ____________

                                      Condition of Premises:_______________________

□ All is well & secure

□ Problems Noted:________________________________________________

 

                             S          M          T          W         T          F          S
Dog(s)


Walk - Exercise
 
TLC Time
 
Fresh Water
 
Give Treat
 
Food
 
Clean-Up
 
RX
 
Secure Pet
 
 
Cat(s)


Clean Litter Box
 
TLC Time
 
Fresh Water
 
Give Treat
 
Food
 
RX
 
Secure Pet
 
 
Misc


Newspaper
 
Mail
 
Water Plants
 
 Bird Feeder

 
Security


Check House
 
Alternate Lights
 
TV/Radio
 
Burglar Alarm On
 
Lock Home
 
 
Notes about Dog(s): ________________________________________________
 
___________________________________________________________________

 ___________________________________________________________________

 
Notes about Cat(s): _________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________
 
____________________________________________________________________
 

Thank you for your business.

Please call me immediately with any concerns

Service Provider: __________________________  YOUR PHONE 123-456-7890

 

Nov 26, 2015

The single most important document that you will have in your business will be your service agreement. It and only it spells out in detail the scope of your business.

Your Service Agreement memorializes the agreement between you and your customer.

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SERVICE AGREEMENT

 

This Service Agreement is between <the name of your company> and the Client, ___________________ for pet care services beginning on (start date) _______ and thereafter on an as-needed basis.

PET CARE AND PAYMENT

  1. Pet care services will be provided at the following rate: _______.  Rates for subsequent services are subject to change.
  2. The Client authorizes <the name of your company> to perform pet care services as outlined in the Client Information, Pet Information, and Veterinary Release forms, which shall become part of this Service Agreement. Prior to any future pet care services, the Client agrees to notify <the name of your company> of any changes to the information on these forms.
  3. Emergency care: In the event that the pet(s) being cared for require immediate medical attention, <the name of your company> will attempt to contact the Client prior to obtaining emergency care. However, Client agrees that <the name of your company> has the authority to act in the pet’s best interest even if this means seeking medical attention prior to notifying the Client. The Client agrees to reimburse <the name of your company> for any additional fees and/or expenses that have been incurred while tending to emergency or veterinary care.
  4. Inclement weather/Natural disaster/Act of war: In the event of inclement weather, natural disaster, or act of war <the name of your company> is entrusted to use its best judgment in caring for the Client’s pet(s) and home. The Client recognizes that in the event of inclement weather, natural disaster, or act of war <the name of your company> reserves the right to alter its services that are outlined in this agreement.
  5. Personal Emergency: In the event of a personal emergency or illness of the pet sitter, the Client authorizes <the name of your company> to arrange for another qualified person to fulfill the agreed upon responsibilities as set forth in this Service Agreement. The Client will be notified in such a case.
  6. Key Policy: The Client agrees to provide <the name of your company> with one (1) entry key which will be returned upon the completion of the contracted services. The Client may agree to allow <the name of your company> to keep their key(s) on file in a secure location for future services.
  7. Locksmith: The Client gives <the name of your company> the authority to use the services of a locksmith in the event of a malfunction of the lock, keys, or automatic door opener. The Client also agrees to reimburse <the name of your company> within 7 days of the Client’s return for all costs incurred, and to hold <the name of your company> harmless for any consequences related to the activities of the locksmith. <The name of your company> will attempt to contact the Client prior to obtaining any locksmith services.
  8. Payment: The Client agrees to make payment in the full price at the time of the first visit.
  9. Extra Services: Any charges for any unplanned services will be due within 7 days of completion of those unplanned services. An invoice for any additional charges (including receipts) will be left at the Client’s home upon completion of those unplanned services.
  10. Confirmation: The Client agrees to call <the name of your company> prior to leaving in order to confirm the departure day and time, and again upon returning home to let <the name of your company> know that the pets are safe. If the Client expects to arrive home earlier or later than planned, <the name of your company> must be notified as soon as possible.

LIABILITY 

  1. <The name of your company> agrees to provide the services in a caring and responsible manner. The Client waives and relinquishes any and all claims against Christine’s Pets, LLC except in the case of proven negligence. The Client agrees to notify <the name of your company> of any concerns related to any agreed-upon services within 24 hours of returning home.
  2. Emergency Contact: The Client agrees to provide <the name of your company> with contact information where he/she can be reached while away. The Client will also provide a name and phone number of someone who is authorized to handle any major problems that may arise. If the Client or the designated contact person cannot be reached in a timely manner, the Client agrees to accept any decision <the name of your company> makes in regards to pet care or the Client’s property.
  3. Visitors: If anyone will be entering the Client’s home while it is under <the name of your company> care, the Client agrees to notify <the name of your company> in advance. <The name of your company> will not enter an occupied home if <the name of your company> has not been previously made aware of any visitors. Similarly, unless <the name of your company> receives instructions from the Client, <the name of your company> will not grant access to the home to any visitors. <The name of your company> will not be held responsible for any damages incurred to the Client’s home or to the pet(s) by any visitors. It is understood that anyone with access to the home will be notified of <the name of your company> presence and vice versa. The police will be called, without exception, on all intruders or suspicious acts.
  4. Outdoor Access: <The name of your company> will not be held liable for the well being or actions of any pet with unsupervised access to the outdoors.
  5. Aggressive Pets: If a pet has a history of biting or other aggressive behavior, <the name of your company> reserves the right to refuse or cancel its service. The Client will be liable for the pet sitter’s medical expenses and/or damages that are the result of an animal bite or injury due to the pet’s aggressive behavior.
  6. Vaccinations: The Client agrees to provide <the name of your company> with proof of current vaccinations for all pets. Should the dog walker or the pet sitter be bitten or otherwise exposed to any disease or ailment received from the Client’s animal(s), the Client agrees to pay all the costs and damages incurred.
  7. Future Services: The Client authorizes this signed Service Agreement to be valid for future services without additional signed Service Agreements or written authorization, other than changes in the pricing that may be negotiated with the Client.

The Client states that he/she has read this entire agreement, and he/she understands and agrees to its terms and conditions.

 

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Client                                 Date    <the name of your co>            Date

 

 

Nov 3, 2015
  1. Insurance protects your dog walking and pet sitting business against any covered losses to your business
  2. Bonding protects your customers from your business if your business breaches its contract with them.
  • Google the term, "Insurance companies for dog walkers."
    1. Click on the site “Pet Sitting Insurance USA comparison chart …” at http://petsits.com/petsittinginsuranceusa.htm
      1. Pet Sitters Associates or PSA
      2. Pet Sitters International or PSI
    2. Acceptable coverage for Bodily Injury or Property Damage:
      1. $1 million for each occurrence
      2. $2 million general aggregate
      3. $1 million personal injury
      4. $2 million aggregate limit
      5. $100,000 Fire Legal Damage limit
      6. $15,000 each occurrence for loss of pets in your care with a $30,000 aggregate
      7. $1,000 each occurrence for veterinary expenses with a $5,000 aggregate
      8. $10,000 each occurrence for loss of personal property with an aggregate of $25,000 including a surety bond
      9. $2,000 for lost key and re-keying costs of a customer’s home.
      10. $5,000 Medical expenses
    3. Staying Out Of Trouble
      1. Make sure that you have the house key before you leave on your walk.
      2. Carefully open and close outside doors because some dogs and cats are escape artists.
      3. Don't cruise the customer's home; don’t go where you have no business going because you may be monitored.
      4. Don't use a customer's bathroom unless it's an emergency
        1. You don't know the possible state of disrepair of the toilet
        2. Customers generally don't like it when strangers use their toilets.
      5. Get an owners instructions and permissions in writing, including feeding, medication, treats, bringing in the mail, etc.
    4. Send your emails to dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com
Oct 16, 2015

#4 More Business Stuff

 

  1. Set up your professional email account
  2. Does your state require you to collect sales or use taxes?
    1. Check the Tax Foundation (http://taxfoundation.org) for information
    2. Contact your state’s revenue or tax department
      1. Ask them if dog walkers need to collect sales or use taxes

 

Oct 1, 2015

3 Let’s Set Up Your Business

 

  1. Choosing a company name
  2. choose a name that defines your business quickly
  3. stay away from personal names that are more ego driven than business smart
  4. unless you have "Dog Walking" and/or "Pet Sitting as part of the name
  5. Women's names seem to work best
  6. Highlight the business; minimize the name
  7. Dog Walking and Pet Sitting is more important than the actual name
  8. Important for magnetic signs on car
  9. log in to your state’s Corporation Commission
  10. confirm that your company name is unique
  11. if not, you must choose another name
  1. Apply for and immediately receive an IRS EIN
  2. log onto IRS website

1.http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/How-to-Apply-for-an-EIN

  1. DO NOT use non-IRS websites to apply for EIN
  2. After completing the EIN application, EIN will be generated immediately

 

III. Legally organize your company

  1. log onto IRS website for discussion about business structures
  2. http://www.irs.gov/uac/Choosing-a-Business-Structure
  3. Sole Proprietorship

     No legal filings; no special requirements

     You have no legal protection if you're ever sued

  1. I do not recommend remaining a Sole Proprietor
  2. C-Corporation
  3. used by large companies with stockholders
  4. double taxation
  5. strict business requirements
  6. not suggested for our type of business
  7. S-Corporation
  8. can be used by small businesses
  9. pass-through taxation
  10. still has strict business requirements
  11. Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  12. perfect for small businesses
  13. pass-through taxation
  14. not very strict business requirements
  15. ideal for our type of business
  16. file with your state’s corporation commission
  17. can pay LegalZoom or IncFile.com to do this
  18. easy to do by yourself
  19. log onto your state’s corporation commission
  20. located page to apply for LLC
  21. answer all questions
  22. must have legal company name handy

             iii. afterwards pay application and filing fee

  1. use credit or debit card

 

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Sep 13, 2015

For questions or comments, email me at dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com

or leave a comment on my Facebook page.

 

In this session I’m going to talk to you about the many reasons that you should 
consider before deciding whether you’re the right person for this business.

Below is the spreadsheet that I mentioned in this session.

 

 

solo employee           Total Total Total
effective earnings rate # of  total Total Total Fee Income Income Income
per hour Customers # walks/week Hrs/day Hrs/wk $ per wk per mo per yr
$30 2 10 1 5 $15 $150 $600 $7,200
$36 2 10 1 5 $18 $180 $720 $8,640
$40 2 10 1 5 $20 $200 $800 $9,600
$44 2 10 1 5 $22 $220 $880 $10,560
                 
$30 4 20 2 10 $15 $300 $1,200 $14,400
$36 4 20 2 10 $18 $360 $1,440 $17,280
$40 4 20 2 10 $20 $400 $1,600 $19,200
$44 4 20 2 10 $22 $440 $1,760 $21,120
                 
$30 8 40 4 20 $15 $600 $2,400 $28,800
$36 8 40 4 20 $18 $720 $2,880 $34,560
$40 8 40 4 20 $20 $800 $3,200 $38,400
$44 8 40 4 20 $22 $880 $3,520 $42,240
                 
$30 10 50 5 25 $15 $750 $3,000 $36,000
$36 10 50 5 25 $18 $900 $3,600 $43,200
$40 10 50 5 25 $20 $1,000 $4,000 $48,000
$44 10 50 5 25 $22 $1,100 $4,400 $52,800
                 
                 
          total total total total
w/additional walkers # of Ave # Total # house house tke house tke house tke house tke
$15/walk Walkers Cust/Walker Cust take/cust per day per wk per mo per yr
  1 2 2 $5 $10 $50 $200 $2,400
  1 3 3 $5 $15 $75 $300 $3,600
  1 4 4 $5 $20 $100 $400 $4,800
  2 2 4 $5 $20 $100 $400 $4,800
  2 3 6 $5 $30 $150 $600 $7,200
  2 4 8 $5 $40 $200 $800 $9,600
  4 2 8 $5 $40 $200 $800 $9,600
  4 3 12 $5 $60 $300 $1,200 $14,400
  4 4 16 $5 $80 $400 $1,600 $19,200
  5 2 10 $5 $50 $250 $1,000 $12,000
  5 3 15 $5 $75 $375 $1,500 $18,000
  5 4 20 $5 $100 $500 $2,000 $24,000
  10 2 20 $5 $100 $500 $2,000 $24,000
  10 3 30 $5 $150 $750 $3,000 $36,000
  10 4 40 $5 $200 $1,000 $4,000 $48,000
                 
          total total total total
w/additional walkers # of Ave # Total # house house tke house tke house tke house tke
$22/walk Walkers Cust/Walker Cust take/cust per day per wk per mo per yr
  1 2 2 $7 $14 $70 $280 $3,360
  1 3 3 $7 $21 $105 $420 $5,040
  1 4 4 $7 $28 $140 $560 $6,720
  2 2 4 $7 $28 $140 $560 $6,720
  2 3 6 $7 $42 $210 $840 $10,080
  2 4 8 $7 $56 $280 $1,120 $13,440
  4 2 8 $7 $56 $280 $1,120 $13,440
  4 3 12 $7 $84 $420 $1,680 $20,160
  4 4 16 $7 $112 $560 $2,240 $26,880
  5 2 10 $7 $70 $350 $1,400 $16,800
  5 3 15 $7 $105 $525 $2,100 $25,200
  5 4 20 $7 $140 $700 $2,800 $33,600
  10 2 20 $7 $140 $700 $2,800 $33,600
  10 3 30 $7 $210 $1,050 $4,200 $50,400
  10 4 40 $7 $280 $1,400 $5,600 $67,200
  20 4 80 $7 $560 $2,800 $11,200 $134,400
                 
20% 2 dog walks                
                 
solo employee           Total Total Total
effective earnings rate # of  total Total Total Fee Income Income Income
per hour Customers # walks/week Hrs/day Hrs/wk $ per wk per mo per yr
$36 10 50 5 25 $18 $900 $3,600 $43,200
$43 10 50 5 25 $22 $1,080 $4,320 $51,840
$48 10 50 5 25 $24 $1,200 $4,800 $57,600
$53 10 50 5 25 $26 $1,320 $5,280 $63,360
                 
                 
w/additional walkers         total total total total
$15-$22/walk # of Ave # Total # house house tke house tke house tke house tke
  Walkers Cust/Walker Cust take/cust per day per wk per mo per yr
$5 4 3 12 $6 $72 $360 $1,440 $17,280
$7 4 3 12 $8 $101 $504 $2,016 $24,192
$5 5 3 15 $7 $105 $525 $2,100 $25,200
$7 5 4 20 $7 $140 $700 $2,800 $33,600
                 
                 
$15 walk; solo does 10 walks/day wit 20% 2 dog walks for annual income: $43,200      
$15 walk; 5 walkers with 15 customers with 20% 2 dog walks for annual income: $25,200    
Total Income: $68,400                
                 
$22 walk; solo does 10 walks/day wit 20% 2 dog walks for annual income: $63,360      
$22 walk; 5 walkers with 20 customers with 20% 2 dog walks for annual income: $33,600    
Total Income: $96,960                
Sep 13, 2015

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Have you ever wondered about owning your own business, or are you unemployed and can’t find anyone to hire you?

Are you retired but still too young and still too active to resign yourself to a life of inactivity?

Do you want to start a successful business on a shoestring?

If any of these questions resonate with you I want you to think about starting and operating a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting business.

Listen to this Introduction of “Starting and Running a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business” and decide for yourself whether this is the business for you. Also listen to the 2nd session which takes you further into the evaluation process of whether you’d make a good Dog Walking and Pet Sitting business owner.

With Session 3, we get going and organize your business.

 

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