Who wouldn’t like being able to spend your dags playing and walking dogs and making money doing it?
Dogs are probably the most loyal pets a human can have and they always greet you every time you see them.
Here are 5 reasons why you should consider becoming a dog walker if you want to earn some extra cash.
1. No qualifications needed to become a dog walker
The first reason for you to consider becoming a dog walker is that you don’t necessarily need to be an adult or have training or qualifications.
You can be in college or high-school to begin with it or even be a senior citizen. It will help if you really love dogs though!
It can be a part-time job for the young generations in need of money, even though at first it doesn’t really give much, but every little bit helps.
2. Dog walkers salary/hourly pay
For walking a dog, you can receive starting with 8-10$ per dog in 1 hour, it kind of depends on the dog owner or your skills and whether they’re pleased with your work or feel that they can trust you.
The hourly really depends on what you and the dog owner can negotiate, but it’s a start in the right direction and in time you can gradually charge more for newer clients.
3. Skies the limit
It’s called scalability. You can walk more than one dog at a time and grow your business as much as you can handle, so imagine if you are walking a group of 5 dogs and are paid $8 for each dog per hour, well that comes out to $40 per hour for walking 5 dogs at the same time. That’s not too bad at all considering that a high minimum wage per hour in some cities is $15/hr.
Also, some people may even hire you for dog care service for an entire day, that way you can bring more clients but dog group walking is where the money is.
If you do have the ability to watch or take care of a dog for the entire day, then you can negotiate a fee like $40 a day (for example).
If someone goes on vacation and they need someone to come by and just feed their dogs and take them for walks, then you might say $10 for once a day or $20 for twice a day, etc…
That means you’ll go by their house and walk and feed their dog in the morning or afternoon, then again in the evening. Whatever is negotiated is what you’ll do.
This might take you 2 hrs per day. So if a family is gone for a week and they hire you, then you can earn $140 for a weeks worth of dog care.
4. Become a dog walker if you’re a dog lover
Seriously, this job is for you if you really love dogs. Can you think of a better way to spend your time? You’ll be making money while you’re playing with dogs. For dog lovers, this isn’t “working,” it’s just playing with mans best friend all day long.
It doesn’t get any easier than this job for dog lovers.
5. Walking dogs jobs offer flexible hours
Walking dogs in your neighborhood give you absolute flexibility with your time. You can make your own hours. If you like to sleep in, then you can schedule your dog walking hours in the afternoon or evening.
Got stuff to do in the evenings? No problem, shecdule your dog walking hours in the morning and afternoons.
Either way, this is one job that has flexible hours.
To start dog walking you need to research first. Especially the dog walking opportunities in your area, the local dog walkers, the services they are offering and the rates.
Dog walking websites
A few websites where you can signp nd check out dog walking opportunities in your area.
Getting your own clients is pretty easy too. You can start first by walking your relatives and relatives dogs and maybe they can help you find people who needs a dog walker.
Dog walking involves a lot of love and care since other people will be putting their complete trust in you that you will take care of their very precious pets.
This also means that every time the dog has to go poo or pee, you don’t rush them and you be responsible by cleaning up the poo. So bring enough plastic bags and napkins just in case!
For some people, their dog is all they have. It’s their best friend, their family, their ever faithful companion and you must treat their dogs as if they were your beloved pets as well.
You must see this as running your own business. Once you build trust with your clients, you can ask them for referrals and most people are happy to spread the word to their friends and family about your dog walking service and how happy they are to have found you.
So treat your clients well and be as loving and as professional as you can. Happy dog walking!