Busy people or those with mobility issues need someone to take their dog for a daily walk or two. It’s profitable, easy, fun and good exercise – for you and the dogs. Thanks to the new “Gig” economy, it’s now easy to find dog walking customers on short notice. By registering on a website, you can gain exposure to potential customers in your local area who need dog walking or dog sitting services.
How Much Do Dog Walkers Earn?
Most dog walkers charge $15 per half hour walk, which works out to $30 an hour. Many dog walkers walk more than one dog at a time, increasing their income even more. That can be easier to do in larger cities than smaller towns, as the “dog density” is much higher in most cities. In New York City, it’s not unusual for a solo dog walker to make as much as $2,000 per week.
A typical customer is a dog owner who pampers their pet, and wants to make sure their dog doesn’t feel lonely during the day when the owner is away. Most owners walk their dogs in the morning or evening, but want a 3rd walk mid-day while they are at work. That’s why the busiest time for most dog walkers is between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
If you love dogs and would like to earn a respectable part-time income, sign up with DogVacay (www.dogvacay.com) This is a national online network of almost 40,000 dog sitters and dog walkers around the U.S.A and Canada, and 20% of them are seniors.
The folks at DogVacay are serious about providing only the best dog sitters and dog walkers for their customers, so you’ll need to undergo a background check, submit a short description of yourself, do a phone interview and video training. If you pass muster, you’ll join a network of reliable, caring and trustworthy folks who serve local dog owners.
When you visit the DogVacay web site, take a look at the average charges for overnight dog sitting. This could tempt you to consider having an overnight four-legged guest, and another source of part-time income, but only if you love dogs. If this is something that appeals to you, be sure to download a free copy of our “Pet Sitting Profits” guide by clicking on “free books” at the top of this web site.
Pet industry experts are predicting steady growth for pet services such as dog sitting and dog walking. According to one expert, DogVacay could be the next AirBnB, the popular website that offers affordable rooms in people’s homes as a hotel/motel substitute. After all, who wants to stay in a kennel, when a homestay with another dog lover is available for less?
Dog Walking Tips
Finally, here are 4 tips from a dog walking pro:
1. Be present. “If you’re texting, you don’t know if a dog is eating a chicken bone off the street.”
2. Like dogs. “They know if you don’t.”
3. Know your dogs. For example, some dogs will only pee on grass, while other just don’t care.
4. Look at your dogs. “Dogs are like good poker players. They just look at you. We talk. Dogs look.”