What Can NAPPS Members Look Forward To
Being a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) means being part of a unique organization and having plenty of networking opportunities available any time of day. Through NAPPS, there are countless resources to help pet sitting businesses with all kinds of matters, so as the 2016 Education & Networking Forum nears, let’s take a look at what NAPPS members can look forward to.
This year’s key speaker is Tim Link, a pet expert who is a successful author and radio host. Tim has been featured on shows such as Fox & Friends and Good Day Atlanta. Link is a guest blogger on Victoria Stilwell's Positively Expert blog, as well as on the Dogster and Catster websites. In addition to his blogging and media appearances, Link is the host of the Animal Writes show on Pet Life Radio. He has interviewed many well-known, best-selling, animal-related authors, award-winning writers, and journalists whose focus is bringing animal stories and topics to the public’s attention.
There will be various sessions offered for NAPPS members to partake in during the forum. How to be the Top Dog in a Crowded Market, by Jaime Migdal, is a session that independently-owned and operated businesses may be especially interested in. Smaller businesses are more susceptible to external market pressures than bigger ones, but this session will offer independent business owners new ideas on how to survive hard economic times and competition while still making a profit. If you are wondering how to navigate social media, Michele Lawson’s session, Positive & Profitable: Your Business on Social Media is a must. Michele will provide timesaving tips while building a stronger presence online. Likewise, knowing how to use SEOs to increase online traffic to a website is key to being found online. Josh Cary will be the presenter of The 4 SEO Essential Elements to an Effective Website, which will direct businesses on how to attract more traffic to their website. Mike Linville will present a session called Marketing Strategies for Pet Sitters, which will include useful information on how to take a business to the next level.
While sessions make up a portion of the forum, there is also the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy event to get excited about! This two-part certificate program will teach NAPPS members how to look for signs of stress, aggression and arousal of dogs in their care, as well as language cues that they may give with their ears, eyes, lips and tail. By helping us to understand the meaning of the way animals interact with people and other animals, the CATCH program will help keep both animals and NAPPS members safe. Animal-to-animal and person-to-person interactions are complex, so it is important to understand each, as well as learning signals that pets can easily pick up and respond to. All of these topics are covered in the CATCH program. With this course, all participants will receive a certificate that can then be displayed on their website and/or marketing materials.
So what are you waiting for? Book your reservation for the 2016 Education & Networking Forum and see what NAPPS can do for you!