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Make Money Starting A Dog Walking Business

dog-walking-businessPets require a lot of care and attention. Lovers of animals see this requirement not as an obligation but an act of love. Part of caring for a pet is having someone to walk with the pet when the owner is not available. You can earn income by becoming a dog walker.

Pet owners have to deal with conflicted schedules. They get stuck at work and need to let their untrained puppy out of the house. They go out of town on business and need someone to feed, water, and walk their pet. When owners hire a dog walker they get a sense of security of knowing their pet receives the same love and attention they give their pet.

Step One

Check with your local government about setting up your business. There may be applications to fill out and fees to be paid. Determine what your requirements are for beginning a new business. You may need to be licensed and bonded. Some states require you to register with the state as well.

Protect yourself by purchasing liability insurance. This will protect you when you are in charge of people’s pets and entering owner’s homes. This type of insurance protects you from law suits.

Step Two

You need to become well informed on different types of dog breeds. Visit the library and read about the care of dogs. Volunteer at animal rescues to receive training on how to handle pets with patience. Learn about animal behavior.

Step Three

You may want to purchase equipment which will make you feel more comfortable. There are new leashes available which will help you when you are walking more than one dog. The new leash will keep all the leashes from tangling.

Step Four

Market yourself. Purchase or create from a home computer, business cards, brochures, and/or a website, these items will help you in obtaining customers. Consider taking adds out in your local newspaper or a commercial on your local television or radio station.

Step Five

Speak with the owner about obtaining a key to their home. You will also need a list of the dog’s daily routine.

Step Six

Talk with the pet’s owners about discipline. Ask questions about what behaviors they discourage. Ask how they reward and discipline their animal.

Step Seven

It is important for the pet you receive emergency contact information. You will need the owner’s cell phone number, and veterinarian phone number. If the pet is given medications on a daily basis, be sure to get a list of that information in case of an emergency.

Step Eight

Learn the area you will be walking. Study a map of your city and mark the area you will be walking. If walking in a park, carry pooper scooper bags to clean up after the dogs.

Step Nine

If you are having trouble gaining clients, pass out your business cards at veterinarian clinics and dog parks. Offer one free dog walk to gain name recognition and recommendations.

Start This Business Today!

To start a dog walking business today, we recommend you purchase Start Your Own Dog Walking Business. This complete guide will teach you how to set up your dog walking business, how to plan your walks, how to control your dogs and earn their trust, and much, much more. For more information, or to purchase this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED book, click here.

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