I recently wrote an article for Thrive Global (Arianna Huffington’s online magazine) and wanted to share it with you pet sitters and dog walkers. I’ve had a lot of you ask me how I went from working 7 days a week to working 3 days a week in my pet sitting and dog walking business.

Here’s the article that addresses that topic. (Click on the link below to read the rest of the article.)

In 1995, I started the business of my dreams with lots of passion but no business experience of any kind. That first year I had lots of time but almost no money. A few years in, I had plenty of clients but hardly any time. Friends and family often complimented me on my business success, but I didn’t feel successful. To me, success was having both time and money. I was working 12-14 hour days seven days a week and still not making much compared to when I worked full-time as an employee.  

I was exhausted, frustrated and ready to call it quits, but instead I committed to one more year and to making fundamental changes in how I ran the business. If I didn’t have both time and money by the end of that year, I decided I would just walk away. Having nothing to lose freed me to try both traditional and nontraditional approaches to create more time and more money. CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE..

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Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy in the NEWS!

by Kristin Morrison on September 7, 2019

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It’s an exciting time over here at Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy! 🙂

Here’s what’s up:

Last month I got a call from a MarketWatch reporter who found my Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers on Amazon.

The story came out a few days ago. Yahoo Financial saw the story and they asked if they could interview me for their TV show. I’m flying to New York this week to do that.

I’m organizing an informal meet up with pet business owners in NYC on Thursday, September 12 at 4:30pm – 6:30pm at the Starbucks at this address: 13-25 Astor Pl, New York, NY 10003

If you’re curious about the articles that came out, here they are – click the link under the logo to read the articles:

MarketWatch: Click to read

New York Post: Click to read

Yahoo Finance: Click to read

Yahoo Finance (Spanish Edition): Click to read

The Marker (Israeli Media): Click to read

Hope to meet some of you in New York on September 12,

Kristin Morrison

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It’s finally here! The book so many of you pet sitters and dog walkers have asked for is now available.

You can get the book in paperback on Amazon OR you can click here to get the Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers eBook.

Pet sitters and dog walkers are already starting to let me know their books have arrived by sending me pictures of their books.

Oh, and I’ve a lot of dog trainers, pet groomers and dog daycare owners ask if this hiring book will help them.

The answer is YES! Even though it was written with pet sitters and dog walkers in mind it’s really for any service-based pet business owner who wants to find, hire and keep great staff.

You’ll find the paperback on Amazon and click to get the eBook version of the Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers eBook.

Wishing you a happy hiring experience. This book will show you how!

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For a few years now, I’ve had a lot of pet sitters and dog walkers ask me if I’d turn Six-Figure Pet Sitting into an audiobook.

I’m happy to say that it’s now here and available!

Click to find out more and to get the audiobook and listen right now. 


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Let me guess… you are a busy pet sitting or dog walking business owner and haven’t had the time to create an employee handbook for your pet sitters and dog walkers.

Or… perhaps you’ve recently converted your ICs to employees.

Maybe you’ve needed an employee handbook for a very long time and it has gone to the bottom of your To Do list because it’s such an ordeal to create one from scratch. Whatever the reason, you just know you need one.

Creating an employee handbook from scratch is a lot of work to create. I get it. (This one was a lot of work to create and took many hours and thousands of dollars to have an HR company and employment attorney review it!)

Our handbook is the perfect ready-made template to insert your own pet sitting or dog walking business name and offer it to your employees.

Click to find out more about the pet sitting employee handbook.

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I’m happy to announce that the AUDIOBOOK version of 30 Days to Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business is now available starting TODAY! Woot! ?

This Audiobook is now available on my website and on Audible, Amazon and iTunes!

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the audiobook:

Q. Where can I get the audiobook? A. You can click here to get it sent to you immediately from my website: 30 Days To Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business audiobook.

Q. Is the audiobook available on iTunes, Audible, and Amazon? A. Yes, it’s also available on these three sites and you can click to get the audiobook from Audible.

Q. Does the audiobook come with a checklist or a booklet of any kind? A. Yes. It comes with a 71-page booklet to accompany the audiobook version and contains checklists, recommended resources and so much more.

Q. Kristin, was the audiobook recorded with your voice? A. I hired a professional voice artist named Kara to record the audiobook. Her voice is great. I think you’ll like it a lot. My husband even thinks she sounds a lot like me and he would know. 🙂 Here’s a picture of Kara:

Kara B. / Narrator

Q. How long is the audiobook recording? A. It’s 6 hours and 20 minutes.

Q. Will I receive the audiobook right away upon order? A. Yes, you’ll receive the audiobook within 30 seconds of your order. It will be in mp3 files and you can listen from your smart phone or your computer, and you’ll also receive the 71-page accompanying booklet too.

Q. What’s the audiobook website page? A. Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy

Happy listening and starting or growing your pet sitting and dog walking business!

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Do you need or want to hire pet sitters and dog walkers to work for you?

Kristin Morrison’s newest pet business book is almost here!

The Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers by Kristin Morrison is coming this summer.

Hiring high-quality, right-fit dog walkers and pet sitters is one of the most essential steps to creating more money, time, and freedom in your pet business, but you’re not alone if you find this process daunting… or even downright frustrating!

Pre-Order This Transformational Pet Business eBook and You Will:

  • Easily navigate the hiring process and attract the staff you want.
  • Understand how to financially prepare to hire.
  • Learn the personal and professional benefits of hiring excellent employees.
  • Stop stressing over paperwork — this book explains everything you’ll need!
  • Receive expert advice on how and what to pay your employees.
  • Get tips on how to delegate and release your fear of letting go.
  • Know what to do if you need to part ways with a staff member.
  • Strengthen your pet business reputation and professionalism.
  • And so much more!

Regularly $24.95, this eBook is only $19.95 when you pre-order the eBook today.

($5 off pre-order price offer expires at midnight on May 1, 2019. You’ll receive your eBook via email hot off the press in August 2019.)

Click to find out more and save $5 now on the pre-order price for The Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers eBook.

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Want to win a pet business coaching session with pet business coach and author Kristin Morrison?

The 8th Annual Book + Pet Photo Contest is happening now and your entry will give you the chance to win a business coaching session with Kristin – and so much more!

Entering is easy: Take a picture of your pet with one (or all!) of these four books from now until March 31, 2019:








Post your picture on Facebook and tag Kristin Morrision or post your picture on Instagram and tag Kristin there (@petbizcoach).

Or email your picture to: thrive (at) SFPBacademy.com.

Here are the prizes for the top three winners of the 2019 Book + Photo Contest:

First Prize:
50-Minute Pet Business Coaching Session with Kristin
$250 worth of your choice of Pet Business Products
2 Pet Business Webinars of your choice

Second Prize:
$100 worth of your choice of Pet Business Products
2 Pet Business Webinars of your choice

Third Prize:
1 Pet Business Webinar of your choice

All kinds of pet pictures are welcome including:



I look forward to receiving your book + pet photo contest entries. One entry per person, please. 🙂


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Someone recently posted this question in the Prosperous Pet Business Facebook group that I host: “Dog walkers, what is the ONE THING or THINGS that you never leave home without when out walking dogs? (Like these things are the top important items to have with you for ease on your walk for safety reasons, and you wouldn’t even consider leaving home without them?) These items can be something for you or for your dog you are walking with.” Thanks so much to Mara K. for that good question! 

Here are some of the responses from our great group members:

Violet L.: My phone (for safety and updates), and good shoes! I walk a lot of large, pulling dogs and I need my footwear to help me in a bind. Also treats. I guess I’m pretty simple really.

Kylee M.: “Halti harnesses ? Every dog I walk MUST have one on. My phone for safety reasons. Poo bags. Treats and I do carry Sprayshield (in case I have an issue with another dog).”

Lori B.: “Poop bags, treats, phone, first aid kit, airhorn. I either carry everything in a backpack or running belt. I also being a collapsible bowl and water bottle in warmer weather.”

Lisa B: “I carry poop bags, phone, treats, a can of pepper spray, a can of Go Dog which is just an air horn that’s crazy loud. I’ve had 2 incidents with loose dogs in the last 4 months so I now walk with both plan A and a plan B. Sunscreen, bug spray, water, umbrella and a towel are always in my car along with extra leashes and harnesses.”

Kathryn A.: “Always something you could throw over dog to distract. Coat or sweatshirt around your waist. Extra leads. Collapsed bowl and copious poop bags. Phone. I carry in a mountain hardware thin backpack. Snacks!”

Brandy E.: “Phone, poop bags, leashes, gulpy water bowl, umbrella, towels, change of shoes/ rain boots, shoe covers (for boots in the winter so I don’t have to take them off), and a first aid kit.”

Sarah R.: “Food for myself, water, gasoline, a good leash and prong collar for big strong dogs, phone, phone charger.”

Josie H.: “Sunscreen!!! I’m a fair-skinned redhead living in Texas! Nuff said.”

Linda S.: I feel naked without my Squishy Face Studios leash belt. You can hook any leash to it, even multiples if walking more than one dog. I have a little running pocket from Nathan Sports attached for treats. Other stuff like poop bags and keys go in my pockets. I tell clients my belt is a safety feature. It allows me to be hands-free but still in control of the dog when I’m locking doors, picking up poop, or taking photos. They love that!”

Monica F.: “My fanny pack stocked with notepads, poop bags, mace, flashlight, pen and phone! Great shoes is a must too!”

Janie T.:  “This is in no particular order. In my car: extra poop bags, several plastic grocery bags, pens and pencils, sunscreen, bug spray, deodorant ?, benedryl (for dogs and people), Motrin (for people only), Band-Aids, lip balm and hand lotion, towels, dog treats, notepad, business cards for me and select network friends, tape, duct tape, WD40, multi purpose tool, extra cat litter scoop, head lamp, flashlight, map, extra water, snacks, napkins, extra leashes, extra collar, phone charger, hat, rain gear, extra cold-weather gear, seasonal change of clothes, extra shoes, sunglasses.
In my walking bag: extra poop bags, pens, keys (of course!), extra slip leash, business cards, flash light, small notebook, treats and pepper spray.”

Denise G.: “A whistle. You never know when you might need it.”

Nancy A.: “A reflective or LED leash (from Amazon) a sweatshirt or long-sleeve tee (you can wear or tie around your waist to break up dog fights) and compressed air or citronella spray.”

Kelly B.: “Oh!!!! Don’t ever leave the house without your business card! I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met out walking dogs and they’ve asked me for a card.”


Kristin Morrison is a pet business coach, pet business speaker and author who has written four pet business books including: 30 Days to Start Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business, Six-Figure Pet Sitting, Prosperous Pet Business, and Six-Figure Pet Business. The paperback versions of her books can found found on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and the eBooks on her website using the links above. Kristin also hosts the podcast Prosperous Pet Business that’s found on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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