Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer Full-Time Employment, 40 hours per week?
No we do not. All our work is on an as needed basis.
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.
How far will I be driving?
You choose your assignments. However, Bow Wow Village only services cities nearby Bowie, MD. The full listing is
provided at the bottom of the page.
Do you accept aggressive
pets? No, we do not.
Who tells me
what time I must be at the home for 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 of free time. Our
peak periods are during the fall and winter months and the holidays.
Can I accept or decline an assignment? You may accept or decline the assignment; if you accept,
you are contractually obligated to complete the assignment.
I not be able to enjoy any Holiday time or must I work the whole day? You have the flexibility to set your
How many assignments can I take on?
You will have the flexibility to take on as many assignments as you would like.
What if I become ill or have an emergency? Once you accept an assignment, you are obligated
to complete it. You should have a back-up plan to accommodate such situations. The pets in your care depend on you to complete
your assignments and one (1) no-call, no-show is cause for immediate termination.
Can I have someone accompany me on any of my Pet Sits or Overnights (at client's home)? No.
Only you are insured and contracted by the client to enter thier home, therefore only you are allowed in the homes. Adults,
children and other pets ARE NOT permitted to enter homes due to safety and liability issues. Persons
may ride along with you as long as they stay outside the home.
is the Pay Rate for the Pet Care Professional position? We pay by the job. The caregiver will receive a percentage
of the total customer invoice. The standard percentage is between 50%. Our Pet Care Professonals are paid a 5% LifeTime
Premium Pay Bonus (in addition to the standard percentage rate) for overnight/boarding services.
Will I have any Benefits? As an independent contractor, you will not
receive any fringe benefits. However, as an Independent Contractor (IC) for Bow Wow Village, you will be eligible to participate
in our IC Incentive Program where you will have the opportunity to earn and cash-in points for rewards and prizes.
Do you take taxes out of what I earn? As an independent
contractor, you are responsible for paying all your own taxes (Federal, State, and Local taxes). No federal, state or local
income tax, social secuirity or payroll tax of any kind shall be withheld or paid by Bow Wow Village on your behalf.
Can I work for other Pet Sitting or Pet Care Companies and have my own
clients? Yes, as an independent contractor you have the right to make your services available to the general
public and to other pet sitting/pet care companies. However, you may not solicit any of our clients.
Can I accept an assignment and then change my mind? No, once you accept
an assignment you must complete the job or you would be breaching the contract. We suggest you have a back-up or contingency
plan for such instances.
Will you be supervising me
and telling me how I must do the job? No, as an independent contractor you have the sole right to direct the
time, place, means, manner, and method (including order and sequence) in which the services are performed.
Will I receive training? No. However, you must provide
proof that you received training in Pet First Aid and CPR prior to being hired by Bow Wow Village and will be required to
pass a written competency test of these vital skills.
I responsible for maintaining the professional skills necessary to perform the services, for example Pet First Aid and CPR?
Yes. Since you are an independent contractor, you should keep up with the skills necessary to provide services in a professional
Do you give me supplies to do the job?
No. Whatever limited supplies you may need are provided by you. We do recommend you have, at minimum, the following supplies:
leashes (6ft), dog barrier/gate for your car, pet first aid kit in your car, fanny pack, poop bags, pepper spray/mace and
Will I be paid by the hour?
No, you are paid a percentage (50 - 55%) of the total customer invoice for each completed assignment.
Will I have an office that you provide? No, you would work out of your
own home and out in the field. Assignments will be offered to you via Internet, phone or email.
Can I refer to myself as an Employee of Bow Wow Village? No, you are
not an employee and should never refer to yourself as an employee. You would be hired and treated as an Independent Contractor.
Will this be a permanent position? No, you will be working
on an as needed basis.
We hope we have answered most of your questions. You
will have an opportunity to ask other questions if you are selected for an interview.