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Start a Dog Walking Service Business

If you have a love for dogs than starting a dog walking service business may be the perfect home business for you. With busy schedules many working professionals are not home enough to properly walk their dogs. As a professional dog walker you will offer this valuable service to busy pet owners who need help making sure their pets get the attention they deserve.

Often dog walkers will also offer additional services such as dog training, dog grooming, and dog boarding. However you can start by offering one service and working your way up as you go along.  The majority of the dog walkers work schedule usually takes place between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM. However many dog walkers deal with puppy care and the three times a day routine. Starting a dog walking business is an excellent way to supplement your income will you pursue a dog training business as well.

Some interesting facts about dog ownership in the U.S from the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. 39% of American  households own a minimum of one dog. The majority of these dog owners  at 67%  own one dog. 24% of dog owners own two dogs and 9% own three or more.

How to Get Started With Dog Walking

To get started as a dog walker you want to be familiar with the basics of dog training and care. Many people when starting out began by working with walking the dogs of their friends and family. You can also check online and do a search for local dog walkers in your area to get a feel for what they’re charging and what services they are providing.

Dog walking can be a physically vigorous activity especially if you’re not familiar with the dog you are walking. If you’re walking more than one dog at a time you’ll need to make sure that the dogs are of like temperament and that they get along.

You want to get the dog owner’s permission to take them off the leash to a dog park. Just remember that many states have dog leash laws and dog should only be removed from the leash when in properly marked areas. Even then many dog parks have a three dog limit.

It’s a good idea to keep a daily dog walking report describing your activities and diet for the day. You want to record where you went, what you and the dog did, what the dog ate, and any other notable moments.

Marketing Your Dog Walking Business

Building up your dog walking clientele can take a little time. Many times this business runs by word-of-mouth, and once you get going your business will begin to take off on its own. After a while you may begin to get more business than you can handle.To get going you may consider creating a joint venture partnership with other local businesses. for instance agreeing to promote a veterinarian, dog groomer, pet store or other pet related business in exchange for them doing the same can be very effective. Creating a web presence and posting a local Google business listing is a free technique that works great.

At that time you may want to think about advertising for dog walking job help. There are professional pet sitting organizations like the PSI or pet sitters international that can help you learn more about the industry.

Click the following link for more information about how to get into the pet sitting business here.

For more information about starting a dog walking business check out the Dog Walkers Start Up Guide. It will show you how to create your own lucrative dog walking business in 12 easy steps.

Inside this dog walking book you’ll discover:

  • How to determine the number of clients you’ll need to meet your financial goals using case studies and formulas that work.
  • How to create an online Internet presence to promote your new dog walking business.
  • How to create a professional marketing packet that inspires confidence
  • Professional dog walking advertising strategies
  • What pet services will help you beat your competition

2 Comments to Start a Dog Walking Service Business

  1. July 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I love this information! My dog walking and dog sitting business is such fun and I love spending so much time with the dogs walking, hiking and caring for them in my home. But, I always feel guilty asking for money for something I love. I plan to purchase this book for more ideas. Thank you, Rose at For the Dogs, NH, Hampton, NH
    dog walking, dog day care, dog daycare

  2. anne eckersley's Gravatar anne eckersley
    May 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    i am interested in setting up a dog walking service at the weekend until i retire, and then hopefully more hours then. can you give me any advice please

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