New Census Shows Pets Outnumber Children in the US

The DogSmith recognizes the contribution of Professional Pet Sitters to the growing pet care industry during Professional Pet Sitters Week, March 4-10, 2012.
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March 5, 2012 - PRLog -- Oxford, MS – The week of March 4-10 has been designated by Pet Sitters International (PSI) as Professional Pet Sitters Week (PPSW).  PSI is the world’s largest educational association for professional in-home pet-care providers and established PPSW to recognize the growing contribution of professional pet sitters to the pet care industry and the great service they provide their clients.

In addition to recognizing the contribution of professional pet sitters, PPSW also provides a platform to educate the pet-owning public about the advantages of professional in-home pet care and as a member organization for pet-loving entrepreneurs wanting to pursue pet sitting as a business.  According to their website, PSI has more than 7,000 independent members and its member businesses performed more than 18.5 million pet-sitting visits last year.

Niki Tudge, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant and President of The DogSmith, a national dog training and pet sitting company, explains the growth in the in-home pet care industry;  “Pets are most comfortable either with their owners, wherever they go, or in their own home so when you have to be away, pets are happiest at home.  I think as our pet population rises and their place in our families becomes more important, pet owners have realized the great value, convenience, safety and overall benefits to in-home pet care.”

According to the US Humane Society there are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs in the US with 39% of US households with at least one dog.  Outnumbering dogs, there are approximately 86.4 million cats owned in the US with 33% of US households having at least one.  The most recent census shows that there are now more households with pets than children in the US.  Pet ownership numbers continue to rise as well as what people are spending on their pets.  This all adds up to increasing demand for professional pet related services.  

“A commitment to professionalism, sound business practices and continuing education differentiates professional pet sitters from other pet-care options, such as relying on neighbors or friends,” PSI President Patti Moran said. “PSI pet sitters have access to insurance, bonding, certification and a host of business and educational tools to help provide the best care possible to the more than 740,000 pet-owning households they service.”

Many in-home pet care customers cite convenience, peace of mind and good value as their reasons for using professional pet sitting services.  Tudge says, “Our training and animal behavior clients demanded that we provide in-home pet care.  They recognized who better to care for their pets than the professionals that train them and understand animal behavior.  And our pet-sitters are all animal first aid qualified.”

To find a local DogSmith pet sitter, visit .  To find a PSI pet sitter, go to

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The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about, or to become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit or call 1-888-364-7648
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