Major Updates to Scheduling in Time To Pet!

Michael Grenier
Michael Grenier June 2, 2021

We are very excited to announce a trio of new features in Time To Pet! These are some of our most requested features and make the process of requesting services much easier for you and for your pet parent clients! These features include Partial Day Blocks, Service Grouping, and Limiting Services to Specific Schedule Blocks. These features are all available immediately!

Partial Day Blocks

Sometimes, a pet sitter or dog walker needs to block out a few hours in the middle of the day. Maybe you have a dentist appointment, or your afternoon window is completely full. Or maybe, you are open for mid-day walks but totally full for overnights. We are very excited to announce a new tool that makes the process of blocking out a schedule block quick and easy – Partial Day Blocks!

Partial Day Blocks allows you to choose any Schedule Block on your calendar (or even the whole day) and restrict your client’s ability to request services in that block. If you have a partial (or full day) block enabled, your client will not be able to submit a request for that timeframe.

To create a Partial Day Block, just navigate to your Scheduler page and look for the Block Requests button in the top right.

You can then select the day you’d like to block or an individual Schedule Block.

For more information on Partial Day Blocks – check out our help doc.

Service Grouping

For a fast-growing pet care company, adding new services can be one of the best ways to expand your business. However, managing services for dog walks, cat sitting, hiking, and grooming can be a challenge – especially when your client is requesting services. Time To Pet is proud to announce a new tool called Service Grouping.

Service Grouping allows you to group like services directly in your Services List. You can add groups, rename groups, and drag and drop services from one group to another.

Best of all – your service grouping is also visible to your clients when they are requesting services. This will help them make sure they are submitting a request for the right service.

We also have a great help doc on Grouping Services in our knowledge base.

Limiting Services to Specific Schedule Blocks

Last up in this group of features is the ability to Limit Services to Specific Schedule Blocks. Do you ever have a client request an overnight service in your mid-day schedule block? Or an anytime cat sitting service in your early morning block? With our new limit service tool, you can be sure that services can only be requested in their companion schedule blocks!

To limit a service to specific schedule blocks, first navigate to your Services List and edit the service you’d like to add schedule block restrictions on. You’ll notice a new “Scheduling” tab for your service.

There are two options here. You can set your service not to be limited to any specific schedule blocks.

Or you can restrict it to specific schedule blocks. If you choose the latter, you will be able to check off the specific schedule block and days of the week in which the selected service can be requested.

When a service is limited to a specific day of the week and/or specific schedule blocks, your clients will only have the option to request the schedule blocks the service is available in. If the service is only available in one schedule block (like our Boarding service) – Time To Pet will select that schedule block for your client.

For more information, check out our help doc on Limiting Services to Specific Schedule Blocks.

As always – let us know if you have any questions!

Time To Pet is modern pet sitting software trusted by over 3,500 of the world’s most successful pet care companies. We help pet care professionals start, grow and manage their businesses.

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