How to Start a Dog Walking Business

There’s a lot to think about when starting a dog walking business. If you are serious about making some decent money after you start a dog walking business, you need to be prepared!

What exactly is a dog walking business?

More than likely you already know what a dog walking business is about – simply put you walk other people’s dogs in return for money!

The first few things you need to think about will be:

  1. Can I start a dog walking business in my area? Is there enough demand?
  2. What would be a fair, competitive rate to charge?
  3. How much will it cost to start my dog walking business?

Skills, knowledge and training you may require

In actual fact there is very little training and knowledge required to start a dog walking business… In fact, you may not even own your own dog!

Nonetheless, your customers will feel much better knowing their loved pets are in good hands so a bit of training or even a certification related to handling dogs can only be an asset.

Other than that the only other basic requirements are going to be supplies like leashes, water basins and bowls, doggie treats, and protective gear such as muzzles, pepper spray, a first aid kit and of course a back pack or easy-carry bag for everything. Depending on where your business is located you may also need a kennel and vehicle to transport dogs.

How to tell if Starting a Dog Walking Business is right for you:

There are pros and cons to starting your own dog walking business, so before you jump the gun you need to figure out if the pros outweigh the cons:

Pros Cons
  • You are your own boss – no one can ever tell you what to do!
  • You have to make tough decisions all on your own.
  • You can start a Dog Walking Business as little as $50 in a very short time frame!
  • There may unexpected and unforeseen costs without proper planning.
  • You will get a great deal of exercises and play time with dogs that keeps you fit and in shape!
  • Sometimes you have to work in bad weather or poor conditions outside.
  • There has never been a better time than now to get into the pet business indusrty
  • You may need extra help to gain a competitive edge over other dog walking services in your area.

In most cases the pros heavily out weigh the cons but your ultimate decision hangs in the balance of whether or not you are ready to take action!

Resources to Help with Starting a Dog walking Business

There are three ways you can get started:

  1. You can start by signing up for a free How to Start a Dog Walking Business Ecourse to help you learn the ropes of the dog walking industry
  2. You can gain immediate access to our how to start a dog walking business startup kit that gives you everything you need to start today!

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