Do you need an edge over the competition when it comes to writing your on-line profile? Ask yourself - what is the homeowner's main concern and how can I address it in the best way possible?
One thing we learned early on is that while homeowners are looking for a house sitter to provide a secure presence in their home, their major concern, if they have animals, is to find a house sitter who will provide quality care for their pets.
If pets are involved you will have a better chance of being selected for the sit if you have a recognized certification in pet first aid training under your belt. This training typically includes managing urgent care situations such as accidents, wounds, electrical shock, and eye, foot and ear injuries as well as being able to recognize the symptoms of illnesses and poisoning.
Courses are provided by the American Red Cross (ARC), the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, and the Humane Society. The availability of courses varies by geographic region. We opted for the ARC training course and we were happy that we did. We've always had pets and pride ourselves on being good caretakers, but the training gave us more knowledge and self confidence in addressing a wide variety of situations. It also shows the homeowner that we are serious about our role as surrogate "parents" and truly concerned about providing the best care we can for their beloved pets.