Are you an animal lover? Are you looking for ways to make some extra money? Get paid to walk dogs.
You’ll be paid to spent time with animals and do something you enjoy. Yes, you will be paid to walk other people’s dogs for them when they are not able to do so themselves.
You can start your own dog walking or pet sitting business if you want to be self-employed.
Apart from just walking dogs, you can also get paid to offer the following pet services:
Dog or cat-sitting services
Animal day care, animal boarding
Pet grooming, an animal taxi service
Checking in on animals to feed them or to give them their medication, taking animals to appointments.
Some of the listed sites will require you to have experience.
According to IBIS, ”The size, measured by revenue, of the dog services industry is $1.1 billion in 2020 in the US.”
”The market size of the dog walking services industry in the USa has grown 3.2% per year on average between 2015 and 2020.
To find out what people have to say about working fore the companies listed, have a look at Indeed, Glassdoor, and Trustpilot.
EQUIPMENT YOU MAY NEED AS A DOG WALKER:
To clean up the dog poop, you will need a scooping tool.
Waste bags for the dog poop.
Dog whistle, good leashes
Dog treats, water
Dog walker’s insurance (have a look at Protectivity.com)
You may need more equipment if you are offering more than just dog walking services.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO EARN AS A DOG WALKER?
According to Payscale.com, a dog walker can earn berween $9.80 and $28.97 per hour. Remember that this is only an estimate.
The median pay for dog walkers is $14.82 per hour.
Earnings will depend on where you live, your experience, and your skill level.
Some of the listed let let you set your own rates, and some of the sites will take a percentage of what you make.
If you live in a big city, there should be more opportunities for you find work as a dog walker than in a smaller town.
WHAT DO YOU DO AS A DOG WALKER?
As a dog walker, you take dogs for their walks, and you will also need to interact with them. Dog walkers might need to walk more than one dog at a time.
You can also offer pet-sitting services, along with your dog walking.
Other responsibilities may include giving the dog food and water, playing with it, and administering medication (by the owner’s request).
Dog walking can be done on the side to supplement your income, or you could turn it into a full-time career. As a dog walker, you can work as a contractor, freelancer, or through a dog sitting company.
Many of the companies listed will do a background check on potential dog walkers.
It is a good idea to read up and find out more about insurance in case something happens while you are working.
Go to Protectivity.com to find out more about insurance.
Dog walking can be a good way for you to earn extra money.
Care.com was founded in October 2006 and is available in over 15 countries. It offers the following services:
Pet care, child care
Tutoring and home schooling
To find out more about working fore Care.com, visit their website.
Rover was founded in 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Rover is available in the following countries:
Rover not only offers dog walking services, but also offers the following:
Doggy day care
With Rover, you set your own schedule and prices. Your can also offer a variety of pet-related services; you are not limited to dog walking.
On the Rover site, it says, ” Dog Boarding is the highest earner. Sitters who offer boarding can make up to two times more than sitters who don’t.”
You can earn up to $1000 per month.
To find out more go to ROVER.COM
Wag was started in 2015 as an on-demand dog walking service. Wag is available in 4,600 cities across the US, and in all fifty States.
You must must be 18 and over to work for Wag, and legally allowed to work in the US.
If you want to work for Wag, you must have prior experience working with dogs; you must also be able to demonstrate your knowledge of dog safety, collars/harnesses, and how to handle different situations that may arise whilst a dog is in your care.
Wag has since expanded the company services to include boarding, sitting, drop-ins, and day care.
You may set your own schedule if you work for Wag.
Payment is between $15 and $25 per hour. Payment is handled via Stripe.
To find out more about working for Wag.com, visit their website.
PawShake was founded in 2013 by Dries and Tanguy and is available in over 15 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and many European countries.
PawShake only accepts 15% of pet sitter applicants. All sitters go through an internal vetting process and only those who pass their high standards are approved.
PawShake offers the following services:
Doggy day care
For more information have a look at the PawShake website for your country.
5. Really Love Dogs.
Really Love Dogs is a New York City-based company that offers various dog and cat services. They also sell dog apparel and accessories.
Really Love Dogs offers the following services:
According to Indeed.com, the average hourly salary is $17.35. This from data they have collected from people who have worked or are working at Really Love Dogs.
For more information look at their website Really Love Dogs.
Holidog has been operating since 2012 and is available in the following countries:
Holidog offers the following services:
Cat and dog sitting
Cat and dog boarding
Pet sitting services.
Holidog does not take a commission from your fees.
For more information have a look at their website.
PetBacker is a top multinational pet company with a presence in over 50 countries.
Services offered by PetBacker include:
Pet taxi and more.
Note that PetBackers has an extremely strict vetting process, and only 30% of applicants are approved.
Earnings will depend on demographics.
To find out more about working for PetBacker visit their website.
8. Fetch Pet Care.
Fetch Pet Care was was founded in 2002 and offers the following services:
To find out more about working for Fetch Pet Care, visit their website Fetch Pet Care.
9. Pet Sitters International.
If you want to start your own pet sitting business, a good website to look at is Pet Sitters International. The website has been operating since 1994.
It offers valuable information for people who want to start their own pet sitting business.
To find out more about Pet Sitters International, visit their website.
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