June 21, 2023
“Our returning client is seeking an exceptional and highly experienced Dog Nanny to provide top-tier care for their two beloved dogs,” reads the job’s LinkedIn description. “They are truly looking for someone at the top of their field who can ensure the overall well-being, happiness, and safety of their dogs.”
The position, posted by Fairfax and Kensington household staffing agency, states that the person selected would live with the family in Knightsbridge district in London and “provide unparalleled care and attention to the dogs, treating them as valued members of the family.”
According to recruiter George Dunn, this is the first time the agency has posted a dog-nanny job—and, since going up last week, the posting has already seen nearly 400 potential candidates.
“This is the first role we’ve offered of its kind. The salary connected to it is pretty unheard of,” Dunn told Kennedy News. “Even as a vet, you’d be struggling to earn that amount of money.”
“The clients are billionaires looking for best-in-class service; so when it comes to their dogs, they’re happy to pay,” continued the recruiter. “When money is no object, people want the best, and you attract the best with the best salary.”
According to the job listing on the recruitment website, the nanny would be required to oversee all of the dogs’ medication, and transportation to appointments, as well as to develop an exercise regimen utilizing “positive reinforcement techniques to maintain and enhance their training.”
Dunn said that the ideal candidate “would be not too big of a character and be good at blending into the background then popping out when required.”
Dunn declined to comment on the breed of the dogs and the identity of the family.
According to the posting, any person intent on applying should be prepared to “work irregular hours—including evenings, weekends, and holidays, to accommodate the needs of our dogs and our family’s schedule.”
The position is also looking for an applicant who has “the ability to handle sensitive information with the utmost discretion and confidentiality.”
According to Dunn, the job comes with six weeks of vacation a year, but it is not always guaranteed.
“There’s six weeks off per year, but when you’re dealing with these sorts of clients; if they want to go to Monaco tomorrow, you’d be on a private jet flying with those dogs,” said Dunn. “You really do need to drop everything and be there when they call and leave your private life on the back burner.”
The recruiter told the outlet that he hopes to hire someone by the end of the month.
“With these jobs, the clients are looking for someone yesterday, and we’ve already had between 300 and 400 applications,” concluded Dunn. “Everyone’s suddenly a dog nanny.”
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