Employment Frequent Asked Questions

Before applying for a dog walking and pet sitting position, please review all information to ensure this position will be a good fit for you.

Do you offer Full-time Employment, 40 hours per week?
No we do not. Please do not apply if you are looking for Full-time employment. All our work is on an as needed basis.
Is this a good job for those that need to pay lots of bills?
No, this job is best suited for someone just wanting to supplement their income.
If I have a Full time job should I apply?
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.
How far will I be driving?
You will select the areas you accept assignments in.
How much will I be using my smart phone?
You will need a phone for both calls and text messages. Your communications will most frequently be via text messages to and from our office staff. You will also use text messages to check in and out of client homes. If you are not under an unlimited text messaging plan, this may be an additional expense for you. We do not require the usage of any cell phone data.
Do you accept aggressive pets?
No, we do not. And all clients and pets are prescreened for your safety.
How long are the visits you offer clients?
Standard visits are 20-60 minutes depending on the pet and the client request.
Who tells me what time I must be at the home for the pet visits?
You will be in charge of your own schedule based on the variables given to you by the client.
Are you always busy?
There will be some weeks when you are quite busy, other times will be very quiet and you will have a lot more free time. Our peak periods are during spring break, summer months and the holidays
Can I accept or decline an assignment?
You may accept or decline the assignment, if you accept; you are obligated and expected to complete the assignment.
Will I not be able to enjoy any Holiday time or must I work the whole day?
Since you have flexibility with your schedule you would be responsible for making sure to schedule in some time during holidays to spend time with family, friends.
How many assignments can I take on?
You will have the flexibility to take on as many assignments as you would like. Schedules vary from day to day and week to week depending on the needs of our clients. You could work intervals of several consecutive weeks, and then be off 1 week. Jobs are assigned on an as needed basis. At any given time you may be handling only one assignment up to multiple assignments per day.
What if I become ill or have an emergency?
While we do our best to cover in cases of true emergencies, this is not a job where “calling in sick” is tolerated. The pets in your care depend on you to complete your assignments, and one (1) no-call, no-show is cause for immediate termination of assignments. It’s important to note that pets and their owners become attached to the primary sitter. It is not our policy to rotate sitters in and out of a home. In the event of an emergency, contact the office immediately.
How far will I be driving?
You will select the areas you accept assignments in.
Can I have someone accompany me on any of my Dog Walks, Pet Sits, or Overnights?
No. Only you are insured and approved by the client to enter their home and care for their pets. Adults, children and other pets ARE NOT permitted to enter homes or participate in walks due to safety and liability issues. Adults can ride along with you as long as they stay outside the home and wait in the car during the visit and walk. We never know how a pet will react to a child or another adult they do not know.
Will I be paid by the hour?
No, you are paid a fee per competed assignment.
Will this be a permanent position?
No, you will be working on an as needed basis and work is sporadic.
Can I have my own clients?
We are only looking to hire employees interested in providing pet sitting and dog walking as a Doodlebug Dog Walker employee. If you currently own or are planning a competing company, this is a conflict of interest, and we would not be interested in hiring you.
Will I be an employee or an independent contractor?
All Doodlebug staff are hired as employees. As such Doodlebug Dog Walker carries workers compensation insurance and pays employer payroll taxes, as well as unemployment insurance. Many companies in the dog walking and pet sitting industry misclassify their staff as independent contractors in violation of IRS and Virginia Employment Commission guidelines. We do not.