The practical skills to be a dog walker are to have experience with animals and to use mind and body. Meaning you need to be smart and fit. And you will also need management skills to run a business. Most of the skills that you need for dog walking are also skills that a person needs to look for when…
How much exercise a dog needs everyday depends on its age, breed, and health. I cover guidelines on how often you should walk your dog, how far and for how long based on the particulars of your dog. There are tips on noticing overexertion in dogs as well. Just start slow until you get to know your dog's energy level.
Be Careful Walking Your Dog After Halloween There is one thing that I always see when I’m walking dogs the day after Halloween: Candy on the sidewalk everywhere. Those Trick-or-Treaters sure are messy. Name the candy and I’ve seen it on my daily dog walks. You HAVE to pay attention every time your dog stops to smell something. It’s natural to…
How to Start a Dog Walking Business, Part 6 is a summary of the main points from my previous 5 articles. You can use the summary outline as a reference for when you finally decide to start a dog walking business. I also highlight what I believe are the most important points to focus on and I have some final thoughts on having a dog walking and pet sitting business.
Starting a Dog Walking Business Part 5 is about getting reviews and testimonials from your clients, and asking them to act as references. I also cover regular management using a spread sheet for client contact info, scheduling and calculating fees owed and paid. Finally, I cover various topics such as hiring walkers, ongoing website concerns, raising rates, and more.
How to start a Dog Walking Business Part 4 covers insights and tips for the actual dog walking and pet sitting. Some of the tips are about your first walk or pet visit, scheduling the optimal route, supplies you’ll need, managing all the keys, foul weather gear and footwear, and much more.