National Pet Sitters Week on March, 2018: I have to leave my cat alone for 2 weeks?

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I have to leave my cat alone for 2 weeks?

I would at least see if I could find a neighbor to look in on her every couple of days -- if for no other reason than to pick out the litter box. If it gets too dirty, it will of course smell, and -- worse -- she may decide to quit using it.

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How to become a zookeeper?

How to become a zookeeper?

Animal care and service workers or Zookeeper care for the needs of animals. They feed, water, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals. Job tasks vary by position and place of work.

Most animal care and service workers learn on the job. Still, many employers prefer to hire people who have experience with animals. Zookeeper and marine mammal trainer positions require formal education.

Most animal care and service worker positions do not require formal education, but many animal care facilities require at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Although pet groomers typically learn by working under the guidance of an experienced groomer, they can also attend one of 50 state-licensed grooming schools. The length of each program varies with the school and the number of advanced skills taught.

Most zoos require keepers to have a bachelor’s degree in biology, animal science, or a related field.

Animal trainers usually need a high school diploma or the equivalent, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree. For example, marine mammal trainers usually need a bachelor’s degree in marine biology, animal science, biology, or a related field.

Dog trainers and horse trainers typically qualify by taking courses at community colleges or vocational and private training schools.

Most animal care and service workers learn through short-term on-the-job training. They begin by doing basic tasks and work up to positions that require more responsibility and experience.

Some animal care and service workers may receive training before they enter their position. For example, caretakers in shelters can attend training programs through the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association. Pet groomers often learn their trade by completing an informal apprenticeship, usually lasting 12 to 20 weeks, under the guidance of an experienced groomer.

Although not required, certifications available in many of these occupations may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills. For example, several professional associations and hundreds of private vocational and state-approved trade schools offer certification for dog trainers. The National Dog Groomers Association of America offers certification for master status as a groomer. Both the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International offer a home-study certification program for pet sitters. Marine mammal trainers should be certified in SCUBA.

Important Qualities

Compassion: All workers must be compassionate when dealing with animals and their owners. They should like animals and must treat them with kindness.

Customer-service skills: Animal care and service workers should understand pet owners’ needs so they can provide services that leave the owners satisfied. Some animal care and service workers may need to deal with distraught pet owners; for example, caretakers working in animal shelters may need to reassure owners looking for a lost pet.

Detail oriented: Workers must be detail oriented because they are often responsible for keeping animals on a strict diet, maintaining records, and monitoring changes in animals’ behavior.

Patience: Many animal caretakers and all animal trainers need to be patient when teaching or dealing with animals that do not respond to commands.

Problem-solving skills: Animal trainers must have problem-solving skills when teaching an animal obedience and other behaviors. They must assess whether the animals are responding to the trainer’s teaching methods and identify which methods are most successful.

Stamina: Stamina is important for animal care and service workers because their work often involves kneeling, crawling, bending, and, occasionally, lifting heavy supplies, such as bags of food.

Best Jobs Associated with animals except a vet?

Best Jobs Associated with animals except a vet?

I wanted to work with animals too, but didn't have the credentials to be a vet. I also didn't want to deal with the sad parts of being a vet.

I volunteer at a local animal shelter, which doesn't provide pay. But it's very rewarding. I also am a pet sitter for Fetch Pet Care, which does pay well if you work hard! It's better than trying to start your own company because Fetch is licensed, bonded & insured. It protects you from everything that could potentially happen to you on the job, or to the pet, etc.

Fetch is a national company, so I'd suggest checking to see if there's a branch near you. When I applied to be a sitter, I was hired immediately and working within a week. You get to pick & choose your own jobs. You work with dogs & cats - playing with them, feeding them, etc. It's a lot of fun, and you get a lot of regular clients who call you all the time to sit for their animals. There's no sad parts to this job. You get paid for each job, and then most clients tip as well!

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