Dog walking is a little known career, but one that can have enormous benefits, if handled correctly. Dogs are often unpredictable, especially in large dog groups, which is the only way dog walking really pays. However, especially for someone who loves dogs and loves to be around them, it is a tremendously fun and rewarding experience. Dog walking pays well, especially when you can manage several different dogs at once. And, of course, it’s good exercise for you, since you get exercise just as all the dogs do. But there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re looking at a career in dog walking.
The first thing to keep in mind is, quite frankly, your size. A beefy, husky man with strong muscles is going to be able to stay in control even of large groups of heavy dogs. A slight, skinny woman, on the other hand, won’t be able to hold in six or seven eighty pound dogs, no matter how devoted or dedicated she is. Dogs will be dogs, and even the best behaved dogs can sometimes get distracted and want to bound out into the street after a squirrel.
If you’ve a small person and you’ve ever walked an energetic redbone hound, you know how hard it can be to keep just one dog in their place. Now imagine eight or ten dogs on leashes, and you can see why, if you’re a small person, it’s important to keep most of your dogs small, as well.
The second thing to keep in mind is not to try to do too much, too soon. Build your client base slowly, until you have an idea of how different dogs react to being walked together. You may have to walk your dogs in two segments if you find that you have a couple of dogs who can’t seem to get along. Don’t try to rush anything with dog walking. Start slowly, and build your way up.