If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Stonegate Landing, don’t let your dog miss out! There are plenty of professional dog walking services in most communities which offer semi regular or regular dog walking. If your dog must be left alone for 8 or more hours per day, consider using a dog walking service, and/or enrolling them in a doggie daycare at least twice a week. Not only will your dog will appreciate the social interaction with humans and dog playmates; it breaks the monotony of their day, and gives them something to look forward to.
Why is walking a dog so important?
Socializing your canine companion with a dog walker and other canines is very important and should be started as young as possible. By being away from it’s home, a dog will learn social skills and manners around other people and dogs. In doing so, it can help prevent certain aggression problems later on.
Regular and daily dog walks, even if the follow a predictable path, will enliven your dog!
Dogs that do not get a change in the environment frequently enough can become depressed. A depressed dog can develop anxiety which can lead to behavior problems. Believe it or not, regular and daily dog walks, even if the follow a predictable path, will enliven your dog! It will be using all of it’s senses to its fullest ability thus exercising its mind as well as its muscles.
All dogs need exercise every day, even the smallest breeds need to have a daily workout of their little legs. The larger a dog is, generally the more exercise it will need. There are working breeds, however, that are deceptively small but needs loads of exercise. A qualified dog walker can properly assess the amount of exercise required by your dog or puppy.
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Servicing Your Canine's Needs.
Dog walking as a business is very popular in many areas, especially in towns and cities where people can't get home in the afternoons to let their dogs out. Dog walking appeals to many young people who may have some extra time on their hands and who are in good physical shape for walking dogs.
In most cases the people who need a dog walker work long hours and their dogs may be indoor dogs who can't go outside on their own. The dogs may be stuck in the house with no one to check on them all day or, in some cases, the dog may be crated. (Some dogs may have to be crated if they chew and destroy things in the house when they are left alone, for instance.) A dog walker can be in great demand in these circumstances.
If you are interested in starting a dog walking business there is not a large initial outlay of funds. You will need to be sure that you are insured, especially for the loss of one of your client's dogs or in case a dog that you are walking should bite someone. You can check with Pet Sitters Associates, LLC and Pet Sitters International regarding insurance. You do not have to be a member of Pet Sitters Associates, LLC to purchase insurance through them but you do have to be a member of PSI in order to purchase insurance.
You will also need some basic office supplies (even if you don't have an office) such as an appointment book and perhaps business cards. You may also want to have some invoices or sales receipts for your clients.
You should probably write up a simple contract to use with your clients. The contract should explain what your services will be and how much and when your clients will pay you. You may be able to find similar contracts already on the Internet.
Before you begin accepting clients you should also check to see if your state requires you to get business license. You should also talk to an accountant to see how your business should be set up financially. Finally, you will need to call your state's Department of Revenue to find out if you will need to tax your services. If you do, then you will need to pass these taxes on to your clients and report the taxes to the state each quarter.
If you plan to have other people working for you then you will need to be bonded. This will protect you in case someone working for you should take something from a client's home.
You can determine your rates by finding out what your competition is charging. In the beginning you will probably want to charge a little less in order to try to encourage customers to give you a try. Dog walking is usually charged according to time increments. You may also offer a monthly discount for people who sign up for an entire month from you in advance.
You may want to consider doing some advertising. This will help increase your business. At the very least you should put up your business card in vet offices, groomer salons, pet supply stores and other places where dog owners tend to visit. You should also consider writing up a press release about your new business and sending it to the local newspapers. Finally, it's a good idea to create a nice web site about your business, especially if you can create one that looks good.
Why Hire a Dog Walker?
Tired of sitting in front of the computer everyday, dealing with unhappy clients on the phone, while your bosses keep finding things for you to do, AND reasons not to raise your pay? Do you think you need a career change?
In fact, many dog walking businesses started this way. We've heard plenty of stories where dog lovers, who spent years in corporate jobs, decided that they need a happier lifestyle and decided to do what they love doing and make money at the same time. So here I want to share with you 9 good reasons why you too should consider becoming a dog walker.
1. Your clients (especially the furry ones) are almost always happy
These poor things stay home all day long, and the only thing they look forward to is their masters coming back home late at night. Yet as soon as you enter their lives, you will now be their favorite person in the world! You will come by to give them love, take them out on a little adventure, and maybe give them a treat for their good behavior. Your furry clients will be almost always happy to see you!
Your human clients will be happier too! Many of them are either busy working professionals who don't have time to walk their dogs or busy working professionals who want to reward themselves with a nice, long trip. They love their dogs to bits, and have a photo of them on their Facebook profile, but have feelings of guilt because they just can't spend enough time with their dogs. You, as a dog walker, offer a solution not only for their dog walking but also for their bad feelings. You walk their dogs; the dogs are happy, and the owners are happy too.
2. You can start with a very small budget
I don't know many other businesses that you can start with such a small budget. To start off, you just need to register your business, create flyers and business cards, buy a few leashes, supplies, and dog walker insurance. If you have extra budget, you can invest in other marketing strategies such as local newspaper advertisements and Google/Facebook ads, but it is not necessary. You can create a website for free using WordPress or Weebly. That's a pretty good start. Spread the word through family and friends, use email and Facebook, and in no time you will be running your own dog walking business.
3. It can pay more than your desk job
According to our research, there are even job postings offering $3,000-4,000 per month for a full-time dog walker. That's double what some companies pay an administrative assistant! If you work for a dog walking company, it is common to earn anything within a range of $10-20 per hour. That's really not bad, considering today's job market.
4. You don't need a post-secondary degree or letters before/after your name
Dogs and dog owners don't care so much about what degree you have or whether you've got the 3 letters that give you a competitive edge in the corporate world. Of course, it is nice if you have pet CPR or First Aid training, but this can be obtained easily. Most importantly, they just want an honest, trustworthy and sincere person.
5. Everyday is different
As a dog walker, your day will never be like yesterday. Everyday you will be with a different dog, working in different weather, in a different neighborhood. This is what makes your work fun, entertaining and full of new discoveries!
6. You can work outside!
No more cold, dark offices where the AC keeps blowing away even though it's winter! If you love being outside, this is your dream job! You will come to appreciate nature more as well.
7. Flexible hours
It is your business, so you can decide what your work hours are. Thankfully, dogs don't need you to work 9-5. You can schedule your first few clients from noon to 3pm, have personal time from 3 to 6pm, then walk a few more dogs until 8pm. Of course, the more flexible you are, the more appointments you can get. But you definitely have a bit more control over your schedule.
8. You will never have to feel the need to go to the gym again!
If you want to make a living as a dog walker, you will be walking a few hours each day that you work. You could be running as well, if you offer a dog running service. You will never have to pay for 1-year gym membership again, half of which eventually goes to waste anyway. Say goodbye to those feelings that make you say, "Oh my, I'd better go back to the gym before summer." This job will help you stay fit and healthy, in a more fun and exciting way than running on a treadmill while reading a trash magazine!
9. Happy you
All of the above translates to a happy, energetic person. Plus, interacting with such happy animals regularly will have a positive effect on your mental health as well. Researches show that having pets or interacting with animals can reduce stress and anxiety. Dogs will make you walk, laugh, and meet new people. You will feel more energy and happiness.
So what are you waiting for? Take the step forward, find a dog walking job or start your own, and make a change in your life. In a few months, you will be so happy that you made the decision today.
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