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This week is national Professional Pet Sitters week. 

Pet sitters are amazing.  For 25 years, they’ve taken care of my animals and home whenever I’ve gone on vacation.  But if all pet sitters knew some holistic animal care (HAC), they could do even more for the animals they care for.  HAC can increase the quality of the care they provide, along with their revenue.

Savvy pet parents are seeking the very best for their animals and discovering how HAC can help their animals live happier, healthier, and longer lives – and save time and money.  

Pet parents are searching for animals professionals, including pet sitters, who can help their animals live their very best heart and soul life.  Pet caregivers want their animals to receive great quality care when they have to leave them for any duration.

First, why a pet sitter instead of a boarding facility?

  • If you asked each animal, you would find that most would rather be cared for by a pet sitter rather than have to go to a boarding facility.
  • A pet sitter provides an animal with the safety, security and comfort of staying in their own home.  This can put a pet parent’s mind at ease, knowing their animals have their familiar surroundings and regular routine.
  • Not having to meet stringent vaccination requirements for boarding facilities is also a huge added plus.  While some boarding places accept titers, most do not.  If your animal has any kind of health issue at all, including allergies or sensitivities, they should NOT be vaccinated.  If your animal is a senior, chances are they have some kind of issue.  Vaccines are ONLY for healthy animals.  Vaccines can weaken the immune system and ultimately result in the life of your animal if they are vaccinated and are not totally healthy.

How are some ways HAC can help pet sitters help animals?

  • If a pet sitter knows animal communication, they can ask an animal what they can do to help them.  They can relay messages from their pet parent to the animal and vice versa.  Knowing how to telepathically communicate with animals opens up so many doors.
  • With energy work, a pet sitter can help an animal feel relaxed and help relieve physical discomfort.  Even five minutes of offering energy has the ability to make a difference.
  • If a pet sitter is trained in muscle testing and holistic/TCM based nutrition, they can help a pet parent with the diet and supplements so that their animal receives exactly what they need.  Needs change as an animal ages, and even seasons can affect their requirements.
  • With color therapy, a pet sitter can easily use it to help an animal feel more comfortable.  This simple method can be powerful, especially if muscle testing is used to determine an animal’s ideal color.
  • If a pet sitter knows how to administer flower essences, they can use muscle testing to create a custom flower essence blend that will work on a deep, emotional level.
  • With crystal therapy, a pet sitter can utilize crystals in the home to bring about positive and calming energy or work directly to help an animal’s well-being.  Crystals have many metaphysical properties along with the benefits of their color.
  • If a pet sitter is trained in aromatherapy, they will know for sure when it is right and safe to use on an animal, what oils to use, and how to offer, avoiding potential harm.  While essential oils can be amazing, even some animals have lost their lives with the misuse of oils.
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  • If a pet sitter knows massage or acupressure, these touch therapies can provide many benefits, especially on a physical level.  However, because they require direct contact with the animal, other holistic methods that don’t require touching, such as the previous ones, can be more beneficial.

A pet sitter can include some HAC as part of their standard of animal care, making them stand out from others in this growing field.They can offer some holistic methods as fee based options that can provide them with additional income.

How does a pet sitter get started with HAC?

  • Look for in person classes, teleclasses, or online courses.  There are many opportunities to earn a certificate in different HAC methods.  Just be forewarned.  If you are looking at paying a cheap price for a course where you earn a certificate, you get what you pay for.  We’ve sampled some of these courses and have been shocked at not only their level of quality, such as outdated material, but also the inaccurate information provided.  Find out who has created the curriculum and their background.  Some courses out there have been created by “marketing” staff with no real experience or knowledge.
  • If you are looking for more extensive training such as a professional certification program, there are various programs out there in different fields.  Just be aware of the cheap “certification” programs you may find.
  • If you aren’t sure what HAC methods appeal to you, start simple.  Look for books in the fields that interest you.  Sign up for our email list here and get access to over 250 articles in the archives.  Our Animal Heart & Soul Learning Center teaches you the basics of so many HAC methods through videos, class notes, calls, chat group, and bonuses.  When you find what stirs your heart, you can consider earning a certificate in an online course or seek a professional program.  

As we always like to say, “Make holistic animal care a way of life, not a last resort”.  This is a good motto not just for pet parents, but for animal professionals.  If pet sitters and other professionals would consider adding holistic animal care methods to their tool belt, it would change the lives of so many animals – body, mind, and spirit.

Heart & Soul Blessings!

Kim & Allison 

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