Dog walkers visit the homes of their clients to take dogs out for daily exercise. The job can be a good fit for those who want independent workdays, are self-starters and love animals.
Dog Walker Duties & Responsibilities
- Provide exercise for clients' dogs (usually in half-hour or one-hour increments).
- Pick up and dispose of dog droppings during walks.
- Check dogs' food and water supply to make sure basic needs are met after walks.
- Notify owners and pursue veterinary attention for any dog that becomes sick or injured under their supervision.
- Dog walkers are responsible for the safety of their clients' dogs during walks. They should be well aware of the dog’s age, breed, weight, medical conditions, and current medications.
Dog Walker Salary
The amount of money a dog walker earns will vary depending on the number of clients serviced each day and the length of the walk desired by the client, and the standard pay rate in that specific area.
Education, Training, & Certification
- Education: High school diploma is required to be a dog walker.
- Experience: Experience working with dogs is necessary for this job. A dog walker must be very familiar with canine behavior, basic care, and first aid.
- Training and tests: Candidates need to pass written and in-person tests to prove that they have the knowledge and skills to walk dogs and handle the different situations that arise. A short training period is provided from our end.
Dog Walker Skills & Competencies
To be successful in this role, you’ll generally need the following skills and qualities:
- Compassion: You must always treat the dogs you walk with care, kindness, and respect.
- Patience: This is key to working with animals—especially when you're first becoming familiar with each other.
- Customer-service skills: You must keep your clients satisfied if you want them to book you for recurring walks and for star ratings.
- Reliability: Clients must be able to count on you to show up on time for walks.
- Physical strength and stamina: You must be able to handle larger dogs if needed, and keep control of a leash if a dog pulls. You must also be able to be on your feet and walk for at least 30 minutes at a time.