The pandemic has seen an increase in dogs suffering from anxiety and abandonment issues, with a fair proportion having to be medicated with anxiety medication.
This can be attributed to owners returning to the office to work and leaving their pets home alone all day. It is worse for pets acquired at the start of the pandemic and not used to the separation.
With dog daycare businesses popping up everywhere, they are an excellent short-term solution as the cost is usually prohibitive to do more than one day a week or so. Some doggie daycare facilities charge anything from $60 to $80 per day, and I believe a less expensive opportunity is available for those working from home.
Dog sitting is a work-from-home (WFH) solution
If you WFH three, four or even five days per week, doggie sitting other people's dogs is an excellent side hustle for pet lovers. Choosing the right dog to look after in your home office is probably the essential decision to make if you become a doggie sitter.
Nothing worse than a yapper if you are on Zoom calls, as are dogs that bark at every sound they hear outside. Ideally, you want to care for placid dogs that sleep most of the day and are content lying by your side.
Dog sitting is not only excellent for your mental health during those long Zoom calls. Having a dog at your feet all day is a great way to get through being home alone as you work.
With a suitable dog, ideally, with a placid temperament, you could handle up to two dogs, and a daily rate of $25 is a good price pain point to charge dog owners.
Two dogs a day for three days per week would return you $600 per month of extra income and may even encourage you to take short breaks with the dogs and enjoy a walk in the park.
It is a win-win for the pet owners as three days would cost them less than what most facilities charge for one day.
I would love to hear about your doggie-sitting experiences if you explore this excellent side hustle. Feel free to leave a comment below.