Jobs working with pets


People love their pets and spend a huge amount of money on them. This is good news for people who’d like to start a business that involves selling pet-related services or goods.

Here are the main types of pet services that are in demand today

Dog walking/Pet sitting

Dog training

Pet grooming

Pet-food sales

Upscale pet products

The good news is that all of these can be started at home with a fairly small investment and with no help, just being run by the owner. And two of them can be done as just internet businesses.

Pet Sitting

For people who love pets this is a great job. You look after people’s pets while they are away – either on holiday or trips away, or just for a day.

You’ll look after the pets, play with them, brush them and feed them.

You might also do other jobs for the owners such as watering plants or bringing in mail etc

Dog Walking

This is a booming business and involves taking dogs out for their daily walk, either on their own or in groups.  It is estimated that about 5% of people use either a pet sitter or a dog walker, which adds up to a lot of walks and a lot of work.

You might also offer extra services such as playing with the pets and feeding them and doing jobs in the persons house if they are away.

Dog Training

Dog training requires both great dogs skills and great people skills. This is because you are not only just training the dogs you are training their owners as well. So you have to be very patient and talk to them nicely.

Pet grooming

Pet groomers help pets to both look and feel better. Qualities needed are a love of animals and the strength to be able to lift them. It’s also important to have good people skills to deal with owners. Demand has been continually rising for pet groomers and is expected to continue to do so.

Pet Food/Treats

You could either open an actual or a virtual (online) pet store. Owners want the best for their animals and are often prepared to spend to get this. But there is also a lot of competition so if you want to do it online you will need to find a niche to specialize in. you might not even need to keep anything in stock because you can arrange to drop-ship the goods – get it sent directly by the manufacturer

If you decide to open a bricks and mortar store you will have much higher costs, and the key thing will be to find a good location for the shop and to get the right mix of products for it. Great staff will also be important.

Upscale Pet Products

Luxury pet products are now a big market. There is a huge amount of products for doting owners to spend their money on. You could either sell products online or via pet stores. Or open your own store.


If you have specialist art or photography skills, you could set up as a pet artist or photographer.

A pet artist will draw pictures of pets, either their own or general animals and then sell them online or to a gallery.

A photographer is more likely to be employed to take pictures of someone’s animals either in a studio or in real life.

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance is big business these days and there are plenty of companies offering jobs in it. Some specialize in offering particularly types of insurance, such as horse insurance for instance. You can make a good wage but you’ll be unlikely to be directly working with pets that much.


Mice problem



I’ve always hated mice since I was a kid, so have had a grim time recently when I I discovered that mice have been getting into my house, not sure how or why, but it may be because of builders who are working next door.
I first heard a great deal of clawing at the rear of the skirting boards and after that a week or so ago saw the first of them, it wasn’t a very pleasurable experience and must admit that it made me jump.


I hoped that my pet cat would most likely have got rid of them but he’s been hopeless, far too well fed I presume, so I’ve needed to find out the best way to exterminate the rodents on my own. I could hardly set any kind of poison down due to my pets, and so I have had to consider other measures.
First of all I attempted setting down a few of the usual type of mouse traps and baited all of them with dark chocolate which I’ve heard they take an interest in. Yet there was no success whatsoever with this particular technique the mice were either well nourished enough already or too shrewd to succumb to the temptation.
Subsequently I attempted placing down gluey strips which are created to trap a mouse, or rat, the moment they meander on them. And I did quickly manage to catch one. Unfortunately though, the mouse was still very much alive and it was not pleasant to see it straining to get away from the trap when I came downstairs the following morning. And due to the fact that there was no way to get it out of the sticky strips, it had to be destroyed and I needed to be the one to undertake this task. Not the most pleasurable duty I had to do recently and not a job I intend to do in the near future.


I decided that there needed to be a better way to get shot of the rodents, therefore I carried out a lot of research on the internet, and though it’s geared up in the direction of pest control in London I came upon a site where found out all about electronic devices to kill rodents. The site was very useful for other pest control recommendations as well.
The electronic mouse traps are a tunnel made of plastic, which you place food into. The second the rodent gets to a certain area inside the shaft an electrical current is set off which gives the mouse an electric shock and exterminates it instantly.

I put the electronic gadget outside a few days ago and satisfied to report that I have captured five mice in it already. The part I like best is that there just isn’t any grim mess to clean up which you get right after using some of the rodent snares, and you don’t need to eliminate the rodent as you do with the sticky strips. I merely put the dead rodent into a sealed paper bag and threw it out. It was also a lot more humane method of killing the rodent because it has zero concept of what is taking place.
The only disadvantage with the product was that it was priced a lot higher than the ordinary traps or strips, but for me it was worth it. And all’s gone very quiet in the walls now so hopefully I’ve got rid of the rodents, for now anyway.