Q. Do you offer full-time employment, 40 hours per week?
A. No, this is not employment, but a contractor position. Assignments are offered on an as-needed basis, and on occasion set mid-day dog walking routes are available as well. Please do not apply if you're looking for employment or full-time work.
Q. Is this a good job for someone with a lot of bills to pay?
A. No, this work is best suited for someone wanting to supplement their income.
Q. Should I apply if I have a full-time job?
A. This is not the type of job that you will be able to do if you already have a full-time job, as you would not be able to be available during the hours that our clients need you the most. Those core hours are typically between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Q. How much of a time commitment would I be required to make?
A. Our clients and their pets bond very closely with their pet caregivers. If you want to take on mid-day dog walking assignments, we ask that you be able to commit to working every weekday during the core hours stated above.
Q. What if I have school or other appointments?
A. We ask that if you commit to a regular dog-walking route, you honor your commitment by scheduling appointments and classes outside the normal dog-walking hours (which are typically 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Q. How much driving will I be doing?
A. We try to schedule assignments as close to home as possible for our team members. You will have the opportunity to accept assignments in areas of your choosing.
Q. How long are the pet sitting and dog walking visits, and how does scheduling work?
A. Dog walking visits are anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes in length. We encourage you to spend more time whenever possible, particularly for pet sitting visits. Our clients specify the time windows that are best for their pets' needs, and visits are entered into the schedule according to those windows. Your time management skills will be very important!
Q. Can I bring anyone with me to visit the animals?
A. Because of bonding restrictions and our clients' expectations of security and trust, no one other than the dog walker/pet sitter is to enter any client homes.
Q. Will I always be busy?
A. There will be times when you will be extremely busy, as our pet sitting work tends to be seasonal. Most of our walking clients have set schedules year round.
Q. Will I have to work on holidays?
A. Mid-day dog walking service is typically not required for the major holidays we observe. Any service performed on those major holidays pay the pet sitter an additional holiday fee of $10 per visit.
Q. What is pet sitting and how does it work?
A. Pet sitting consists of in-home visits performed several times per day, according to the clients' needs. We space daily visits as evenly as possible for the well-being of the pets. We typically visit dogs three times each day, to include walking, feeding, any medication administration required, and bringing in mail, packages, etc. We cycle interior lights, and we also take out the trash at the end of the service.
Q. How many assignments can I accept?
A. You will have the flexibility to take on as many assignments as you would like and can comfortably handle. Schedules vary from day to day and week to week depending on the needs of our clients. At any given time you may be handling from only one assignment up to multiple assignments per day. When requesting pet sitting assignments, please take into consideration any previous commitments you have, as we prefer assignments to be taken from start to finish by one pet caregiver.
Q. What items will I need to be able to accomplish my assignments?
A. In addition to a reliable vehicle, cell phone and daily access to the internet, you will also be responsible for providing your own dog waste bags. We suggest you carry a towel for wet paws, paper towels for unforeseen messes, and waterproof gear. You will be provided with keys and access codes where appropriate, but those items remain the property of Newman's Dog training LLC.
Q. Will I receive benefits such as health care, sick and vacation leave, pension, etc.?
A. Our pet caregivers are independent contractors, not employees, so they do not receive fringe benefits of any kind.
Q. Will taxes be taken out of my checks?
A. Independent contractors are responsible for their own taxes, and will receive a Form 1099 at the end of each calendar year.
Q. How often will I be paid?
A. Independent contractors are paid bi-weekly.
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