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Dog Walker

Now, if any job were to be made in heaven, it would be this one (unless you don’t like animals, of course). They say a dog is man’s best friend, so dog-walking must be like hanging out with a bunch of your best friends in the park. This side hustle isn’t just limited to dogs, though. You can offer your pet-sitting services for pretty much any kind of animal.

Dogs require a high amount of care, and that’s why they’re the most popular on pet care service websites. If you have experience training dogs, you know that dogs personalities can have a huge range. And you need to be able to tell what kind of mood they are in at any time. There is no standardized license for a dog walker, but there are things you can do from an educational standpoint to increase your chances of getting clients. One of these is to go to dog-walking school. At dog-walking school you’ll learn how to manage multiple dogs. You will learn important safety procedures like dog CPR and first aid. Being able to present these skills on your online profiles makes it more likely that you’ll get the clients that you want. Our Side Hustle Master List would be incomplete without this kanine endeavor.

Concept

Dog Walker

category

Pet Businesses

Takeaways

Requires self-promotion via multiple channels - Care, flyers, word of mouth; must work well with animals; requires physical ability to walk with the dogs.

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Dog walking platforms

Many sites let you sign up as a dog walker, and just a few are Care, WagWalking, and Rover. You can also get clients the old-fashioned way by posting flyers around your community and working with people you know. Once you have your first client, it’s important to keep clear communication and follow all the rules of the platform that you are using. If all goes well, dog walking can turn into a great side hustle for you. It provides the opportunity to earn extra income while hanging out with cute animals outdoors.

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