So, do I.
My cockapoo is one of the sweetest things I have ever come across.
But, I’m sure most pet owners will agree that having a pet is similar to taking care of a child…
…almost, but not quite?
But, whenever I travel I have to either take my dog with me or find him a sitter.
He depends on me for food, water, and shelter.
And he always fights for my attention as soon as I am on the phone or have company over.
I’m just saying.
So, if you can understand how much people love their pets, you can pretty much guess how much they will spend to make sure that their furry friends are well taken care of.
And…if you just happen to have an affinity for pets, then why not make a few extra bucks starting a side hustle or even a full-time gig?
Best side hustles for pet lovers
Become a House Sitter
People who travel often are always on the lookout for a trusted and reputable person to watch their home while they’re away.
Based on the listings I viewed, the majority of people looking for house sitters are those who have pets who need looking after, too. In turn, making house sitting a great side gig for pet lovers.
Each sitting job is different and may require you staying in the home or stopping by to check on things.
As a house sitter, you will be responsible for making the house looked “lived in” and varied duties such as checking the mail, doing chores, and feeding the pets.
If you’re responsible, have time in your schedule, and love pets – consider house sitting.
Become a Pet Sitter
Love pets, but don’t want the responsibility of taking care of someone else’s home?
How about opening up your home to a pet for the day or night, instead?
Pet owners often prefer to keep their puppy in a warm and loving home while they’re away, instead of a kennel.
If you want to be a dog sitter, get signed up with Rover. I found the best sitter there for my dog and I was relieved to find out that most sitters have gone through additional background screening (and most come with insurance, which helps to put your mind at ease).
Become a Dog Groomer
Grooming dogs takes a particular skill, but if you have it or are willing to obtain training for it, then this might be the side hustle for you. Pampered pets are all the rage and is a booming industry (with no signs of slowing down), so consider becoming a dog groomer.
There’s more to dog grooming than shampooing a dog, however. A groomer must be patient, have a good rapport with the pets and owners, and be physically fit to make it in this business.
In addition to perfecting the right cut, a groomer must have knowledge of animal behavior as well as being able to identify diseases that can affect their skin.
Certification is not required in the U.S., however, it is highly recommended that an aspiring dog groomer obtain training.
To receive training, contact one of the three major sources of dog grooming certification in the U.S.:
- International Professional Groomers, Inc.
- National Dog Groomers Association of America
- International Society of Canine Cosmetologists
Dogs need exercise and due to work schedules, their parents are unable to get them out for walks as often as they would like.
If you don’t mind getting a little exercise while helping Fido to get his, then becoming a dog walker might be the best gig for you.
Picking up dog poop is a job that most pet owners hate to do. Which is terrifying since failing to pick up after four-legs can cause diseases for her as well as for people.
It’s a job that needs to be done, so if you have the stomach for it, why not take this task off a pet owner’s hand? You can make the neighborhood a cleaner and healthier place to live, all the while earning some really good side money.
Charge by the size of the yard and number of dogs and offer discounts for clients who schedule on a recurring basis.
Consider advertising your services to communities with fliers and by word of mouth. You could also join a reputable company such as Doody Calls to find work.
Draw or Photograph Pets
Trying to get my dog to sit still for a photo op makes me appreciate anyone who can create awesome pet photos or drawings.
Pet photography or art is a niche area where you could reach more clients. And when you consider that most people who hire pet photographers or artists tend to have more disposable income, there’s plenty of money to be made in this area.
Start off by taking photos or drawing your own pet and those of family and friends to have a portfolio available for potential clients.
Become a Dog Trainer
Well-behaved dogs make happy pet owners so if you’re a Cesar Millon in your own right, consider becoming a dog trainer.
Obedience training is something all pet owners should partake in but rarely do. As a trainer, you can show pet parents how to teach basic commands to their dogs as well as help them to get better along with other dogs.
Training and certification may be required, so I would recommend signing up for an apprentice program or partnering with a company that specializes in dog training first. Contact the American Kennel Club or the Association of Professional Dog Trainers for more information.
Start a Blog About Pets
Blogging can be a profitable side gig if you choose a topic that is not only interesting but well sought after by others.
As a pet lover, you may have a lot to say or write about when it comes to our furry friends. If so, consider starting a blog about your interests surrounding pets.
A topic on pets is pretty broad, so I would niche down a bit to be successful. You can blog about dogs, cats, iguanas, pet care, behavior, training, and the list goes on. Monetize your blog with ads, services, and affiliate products.
Create Products for Pets
If you enjoy creating products such as clothes, toys, even baked treats for animals, then you can make money selling them to pet owners.
Depending on the product, you can sell them on sites such as Etsy. You could also create your own Shopify store and sell your creations through there.
A little start-up cash is needed for this particular side gig, but you can start small and scale up. Consider partnering with a pet-related business with clients who are likely to purchase your product.