There are dog walking and pet sitting clients who are absolutely fantastic and then there are the ones who are turds. Don't be a turd! There are a lot of common sense things that you should do that will make everyone involved happy. And that includes your pets as well.
A job description of a dog walker is best understood if you know what a typical day is like. I go through my daily routine from the morning until the end of the day. You have more to do than just walking dogs, assuming you want to start a dog walking business.
As a professional dog walker, I know what dog walking gear is essential and which products are not as important. You do not need a bag or fanny pack for walking dogs. The essentials that I use for dog walking are good boots, rain gear, belt loops, carabiners, dog poo bags and lots of pockets.
There are 9 Philadelphia dog parks that have enclosed areas for the dogs to run around without a leash. Three are member only parks, one "encourages" membership and the rest are open to the public but you still have to follow the park rules. And there are another 5 unofficial dog parks but 3 are not enclosed areas or there is no information about the area.
If you want to be a dog walker, then take a look at job descriptions, paying close attention to all the requirements. Employers ideally want applicants with dog handling experience and references, and that can pass a background check. Other common dog walker job descriptions involve having a love of dogs, reliable transportation, being physically fit and available midday on weekdays.
There are many health benefits of having a dog in your life. Some of the benefits have been proven with scientific studies while others are common sense but not common knowledge. These benefits include improved heart health and overall physical and mental health. Other benefits are that you become more social, happier and less depressed.