Doug the Dog Guy

I have been a full time in-home pet care provider for five years, and in that time, I have seen things that someone working the average 9 to 5 can only imagine. Starting in 2019, I will be releasing weekly blog posts and YouTube videos telling my story and showing the behind the scenes of pet sitting

Most people are shocked when I tell them I am a full time pet sitter. If I had a dime for every time I heard, “You can pay all your bills doing THAT?!” I wouldn’t ever have to walk a dog in the pouring rain again. Every year, Americans view and treat their pets more like family. There have been several huge articles come out this year describing how millennials are spending more on their pets and that they are getting dogs instead of having children. There have been professional pet sitters for decades, but the industry is now growing faster than ever and is under more pressure than ever. The truth is, being a pet sitter is an absolutely amazing career choice, but it is difficult.

I never planned on running an award winning pet sitting business, or even being a full time pet sitter at all. I decided to take on a random pet sitting gig in early 2013 just to make a few extra bucks and was immediately hooked. Get paid to hang out with dogs? Sign me up! As more gigs came, I didn’t just love getting to spend time with the animals, I also loved dealing with the clients and learning how I could help them, I loved getting to tailor my services to meet my personality, and I loved learning about different walks of life through my clients. Five years later, I have personally cared for over 1,000 pets around Jacksonville, Florida. I also have a team of three pet sitters in the Jacksonville area, and four pet sitters in Lakeland and Plant City. My team and I care for all animals, and were voted Best Pet Sitting Service in Northeast Florida in 2016 and 2017.

Because of my experience in the field, I have been asked to consult for several other pet related business, and I have traveled as far as Bend, Oregon to care for a 200 acre farm. Through my blog and videos, I aim to show everyone what all really goes into caring for these beautiful animals, and what it is like to grow a small business in your twenties. Posts will be weekly and will start January 2019!

– Doug the Dog Guy

5 Comments

  1. Patti Lesatz

    Excited to read about your adventures!

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  2. Elizabeth

    Just finished watching “How to Start a Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business – COMPLETE GUIDE”. Phenomenal! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Would love to aspire to the heights you have achieved!

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  3. Erik Hansen

    Hi Doug
    Just wondering if you have time for a brief ‘Consult’ and if so what your consulting fee is and how to pay it.
    Thank you for all your tip!
    Erik from
    MINNESOTA

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  4. Norma Quintanilla

    Hi Doug

    Are you and Michelle Kline planning to have online classes for solo pet care service providers? Your online bundle classes for how to hire the right people and Michelle’s class for going from solo to team sound very interesting. That said, I’m still trying to figure out if it’s for me.

    I started my pet care service as a solo and actually intended for it to be mostly dog walking, but as it turns out, most of my requests have been for drop in visits.
    In fact, I almost never do dog walks anymore. I don’t get that many requests for them. I’d really like to incorporate dog walks back into my business. I know I wouldn’t be able to do that many if any at all due to the fact that I’m caregiving
    both of my parents who are in their 90s.

    I see your videos and I really enjoy them. You are a great source to many of us in the pet industry. I think you are at the top of the industry when it comes to knowledge and experience. I noticed that in one of them you mentioned that there are ways that a solo sitter can make enough money. Well, my other interests include crafts like crochet and sewing and so I’m trying to figure out how I can incorporate that into my business too like dog walking. I also want to create an app for busy pet owners who need to transport their animals to the vet or groomers, an app similar to Uber Pets, I guess.

    I’m emailing you to find out how I can go about seeking assistance with the above mentioned ideas.

    Thank you,

    Norma

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