Dog Walker help owners by exercising their dogs. The service usually involves walking dogs during the day whilst owners are at work, otherwise engaged in other activities or unable to exercise their dog for health reasons.. Dog walking tends to be short 1-2 2hr periods of exercise often with other dogs at the same time. You need to be an active person, generally a car driver with plenty of room for several dogs if this is to become a business. Dog walkers can sometimes do pet sitting, offer taxi services, boarding and may be qualified as dog groomers.
You need to enjoy being in the outdoors in all weather conditions, like the animals you are working with and have a good understanding of animal behaviour and managing pets under your control. Most Dog walkers tend to be self employed, so having a good understanding of your local market, building up a client base and undertaking any relevant training will enhance your services.. You could earn between £7-£10 per hour or more.. A useful article to read on setting up a dog walking business can be found here.
Qualifications and Training
There are no typical entry requirements for this role although it would be beneficial if you had a level 1 or 2 qualification in animal care which you could get from your local landbased college and or consider doing an animal first aid course.