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How to Be a Pet Sitter/Dog Walker

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Do you dream of being a pet sitter/dog walker? If the answer is 'yes', then keep reading! This article will show you how to do it easily.


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    First of all, think of a name for your pet sitting/dog walking business. If you're making an amateur business, something like "Sarah's Dog Walking" would suffice, but if you actually want to make this a small business and copyright the name, it will have to be more creative.
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    Decide how much you're going to charge for what service. Will you charge for how long you walk/look after the dog? Will you charge more if the dog is badly behaved and you have to control it more? Think about these things. If you just want to walk/look after dogs for fun, you can offer your services for free!
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    Put yourself out there to the world! Nobody is going to know about you if you don't advertise. You need to make posters advertising your dog walking service. Your poster should have the following on it:
    • the name of your dog walking/pet sitting business
    • the services you provide
    • when you're available (weekdays, weekends, after school?)
    • how much you charge
    • means of contacting you (phone number and/or email address)
    • a little bit about you (are you a student? Do you have previous pet ownership experiences?)
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    Once you've made up your posters, put them around in as many places as possible. Tape them to streetlamps, post them at community centers, schools, and supermarket bulletin boards. If you don't attract the attention of other people, your business will never get off the ground!
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    If you want to attract even more business, make business cards and hand them out to friends/family/neighbors. This will make you look very professional.
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    Once you get your first customer, be friendly to them and do a good job with their pets. Show them that you're a trustworthy person. People love their dogs, and if you do a good job of taking care of them, your customers will talk to their friends and recommend you to them. Word will get around and will earn you even more customers. All you have to do is be trustworthy, polite, and professional.
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    After doing all of these steps, your pet sitting/dog walking business should really get off of the ground! You may have to be patient, but the results will eventually come, and you might end up making a fair bit of money! Good luck!

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  • How much money can I get?
    wikiHow Contributor
    It depends on your customer. Some people might want you to say your price to them, some will tell you how much they would pay for that. An average range is from 10 to 50 dollars per hour.
  • How old do you need to be to do this?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Your age doesn't matter, but you do need to be mature enough to handle customers and strong enough to walk a large dog or lift a hamster cage to clean it.
  • What are some places that I can hang my posters?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Parks, especially dog parks, are great places to hang them. Look for lamp posts, or those stands with the bags for dog poop. You can also advertise online.
  • If I am younger, should I use my own email or my parent's email?
    wikiHow Contributor
    You can use your own email, as long as you look at your email everyday, and know when someone new has emailed you.
  • What do I put on a poster?
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    You need to have the name of your business, contact information, hours and days you are available to work, a description of your service, and, of course, a picture of a happy dog.
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  • Make sure your posters are easy to read and attract other people's attention easily.
  • Be friendly and tactful to all of your customers. Nobody is going to want to come to you if you're rude.
  • Ask about the dogs behavior before walking them, and never be rough with them - it ends badly, the dog may never want to see you again!
  • If you are just starting your business maybe just put a little poster in your neighbours' letter box. just go up and down the street, possibly put up a poster at your school.
  • If the dogs that you're walking are dangerous for you and other people/dogs around you, you have the right to refuse to walk them. You don't want to be injured or to injure other people.
  • If you need help just hire a friend (split the money equally you, don't want them to quit!).
  • If it's wet or muddy outside, request that your client leave a towel near the dog's collar and leash so that you can dry them off before letting them loose inside at the end of your walk. This will help keep your client's house clean and looks professional.
  • For ideas on how to price your services, or even what services to provide, look up pet sitters/dog walkers near you and check out their prices. Try to match them or be cheaper than them (especially when starting out, because nobody wants to pay a lot of money for you to look after your dogs, since they don't know you too well yet).
  • Make sure to play with the dog regularly because the owner might need someone again and they might call you.


  • Be prepared for problems that may arise. Other dogs may attack your client's dog, or there may be a traffic accident. Always have a way of contacting your client in case of emergency.
  • Even though you think this work may be fun, it can be tiring and stressful. Make sure you're cut out to take on this responsibility.
  • An owner with an aggressive dog may request your services.
  • If looking to be a professional, make sure you charge enough money or you will go out of business.

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