November 6, 2018

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What is a Professional Pet Sitter? Part 1 – Business Registration & Certification

In this growing market of pet sitters and dog walkers, it can be difficult for a pet owner to decide who is the best fit to take care of their beloved pet(s). This post is part one in a series that will highlight the differences between professional pet sitters and others.

In the state of New Hampshire, licensing and certification for the pet sitting industry do not exist. You must be registered as a business, however. There are a few national organizations such as the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) and Pet Sitters International (PSI) that offer certifications and continuing education. Both NAPPS and PSI offer national certification exams.

It Takes a Village Pet Care is certified by NAPPS. To earn this designation, the owner/founder Traci Bisson, completed an in-depth 16-week course covering all topics relevant to pet sitting, including pet care, health, nutrition and behavior, business development and management, and a complete pet first aid course. The designation is good for three years.

“The NAPPS certification gives our company a solid foundation from which to educate employees and customers on important topics in the pet sitting industry,” said Bisson. “The organization offers a wealth of continuing education classes, workshops, and seminars taught by industry experts that help our team grow, learn and stay on the leading edge of pet care best practices.”

To verify the registration and professional certification of a pet sitting company in NH, follow these 3 steps:

  1. Look up the business name to see if in good standing. GO HERE>>
  2. Visit the NAPPS website to see if a member is certified. GO HERE>>
  3. Visit the PSI website to verify membership. GO HERE>>

 

In part 2 of What is a Professional Pet Sitter?, we will discuss insurance and bonding.

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