Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Re­becca Isaacs Visit: find­adog­min­der.com.au

PER­SONAL dog mind­ing is gain­ing trac­tion among pet own­ers look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive to ken­nels.

“Th­ese days the fam­ily dog is seen as a third child rather than as a reg­u­lar pet, so when peo­ple are go­ing away they want to make sure their dogs are get­ting the care they would at home,” owner of busi­ness Find A Dog Minder Alex Bed­wani said.

Most peo­ple who signed up to be­come min­ders couldn’t have a dog of their own or wanted to road test hav­ing a pet, Mr Bed­wani said.

“But they all have one thing in com­mon: they love dogs,” he said.

Pet own­ers search the site for a suit­able minder – who charges an av­er­age of $30 per night – and or­gan­ise a meet and greet be­fore they com­mit.

“This ben­e­fits the owner and the minder – both need to be con­fi­dent and happy,” Mr Bed­wani said.

Min­ders don’t have for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions but they are put through a screen­ing process.

The site also has a re­view process: owner re­views minder and minder re­views dog.

Mr Bed­wani said there were min­ders to suit the most spoiled pup.

“From or­ganic di­ets to be­ing fed at cer­tain times and hav­ing to be washed on cer­tain days, we get all man­ner of weird and wacky re­quests,” Mr Bed­wani said.

Pic­ture: CARLY EARL

Owner of Find a Dog Minder Alex Bed­wani with beloved pooch Lewie.

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