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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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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
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