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Have you ever been a dog walker?

tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
I live in a condo complex and since I am currently unemployed I figure dog walking might be a good way to pick up some extra cash. I would put up flyers with an email address and see if anyone is interested and go from there. I'm a little unsure about it though, I would need keys from people's apartments and what if the dog is aggressive. Just seeing if anyone here has experience with dog walking. Do you think $5/day is reasonable?
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  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    I know nothing about dog walking...but if you are going to have keys to people's apartments, you need to get bonded/insured. $5/day seems rather cheap to me.
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  • NessyNessy Posts: 788Registered Users
    Dog walkers in my area charge $15 or $20 a day (Canadian), so I think $5 is too low.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    You definitely need to be bonded (for your own protection), and you need to be very confident in handling all breeds of dogs. Some of them can be quite aggressive when their humans aren't around. I think the going rate around here is $10-$15 per visit.
  • gekko422gekko422 Posts: 4,869Registered Users
    You definitely need to be bonded (for your own protection), and you need to be very confident in handling all breeds of dogs. Some of them can be quite aggressive when their humans aren't around. I think the going rate around here is $10-$15 per visit.

    ITA. Around here it's $20 a visit.
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  • Anthro IncarnateAnthro Incarnate Posts: 555Registered Users
    A lunchtime visit can easily be $20-$30. I've started to look into doggy daycare options for when I move back to DC, and for the cost, I might as well pop out a kid or two and at least get a tax credit. People pay good money to keep Fido from peeing on the furniture during the day.
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  • tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
    What does bonded mean exactly?
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I agree that $5 is too low. Dog walkers around here charge $15-20 per walk. If you look on Craig's List, you will see what the going rate in your area is.

    If you have a dog park close by, you could do dog park trip every day. That might be easier and more time efficient for you. You could do one or two trips a day and take a bunch of dogs at once. I know of a guy locally that does this. He takes about 8 dogs at a time and charges around $20 each.
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  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users
    I agree make sure you are bonded...also u might want to check into the legal aspects of certain things...like if a dog u are walking bites someone...who's responsible...that sort of thing. I think it could be a good way to make some side cash...but it certainly has its risks. Just look into everything before you start hanging up fliers.

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  • JillH410JillH410 Posts: 594Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I don't know much about it but in this past weekend's Parade there was a pet sitter/dog walker who makes $100,000 a year in St. Louis. I live in St. Louis and my mom told me I'm in the wrong business... lol :lol:
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  • CurlyCurliesCurlyCurlies Posts: 1,641Registered Users
    This may be a little off topic, but when you start doing specific side jobs like this, at what point do your need to get a business license? When you decide to do it long term? When you start making a profit?
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  • shellibeanshellibean Posts: 4,500Registered Users
    I don't think you need to get bonded. Think about this: babysitters aren't bonded. Why would a dog walker be?
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  • tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
    I was wondering about the implications of having keys to peoples apartments. It would only be me, I wouldn't be hiring any employees. And I'm an honest person and wouldn't be stealing anything. But since I would have access to their apartments they could still claim I did.


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  • tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
    This may be a little off topic, but when you start doing specific side jobs like this, at what point do your need to get a business license? When you decide to do it long term? When you start making a profit?


    I don't know about business licenses etc... but after you make more than $400 you have pay self employment tax. I was also going to try to sell things on etsy and see how that goes, but the whole income tax side of things is turning me off.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Ok, so I could be way off here, but I'm thinking about this whole insurance/income tax/business license thing. Obviously, I have way too much time on my hands these days. ;)

    I will be unemployed soon and have thought about doing some dog walking to earn some extra cash while I figure out what I want to do with my life. My thought was that if I do this on a small scale, I would be covered by my own homeowners insurance, which is fairly comprehensive. (Similar to how I'd be covered if hit someone when I'm riding my bike.) Am I wrong? What do people do when they housesit or babysit?

    I understand why someone might want to be bonded and licensed; but in my case, it wouldn't make sense. I would never have thought of insurance when I was thinking of asking the girl in my old condo building to play with my dog in the afternoons.

    What do you think?
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  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    shellibean wrote: »
    I don't think you need to get bonded. Think about this: babysitters aren't bonded. Why would a dog walker be?

    Well, when I babysat, I knew the people. She will be entering strangers' homes.

    If she is just knocking on the door to get the dog from its owner, then she probably wouldn't have to be bonded.
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  • tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
    I found an article on wikihow "How to become a professional dog walker" it does mention getting insurance and bonded.

    I was thinking of just putting up some signs and seeing if anyone responds. If anyone does I would start with a couple dogs initially to see how it goes.

    Maybe I'll put up the signs to see what happens. If no one is interested it's a moot point.
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  • amiiraamiira Posts: 88Registered Users
    The people who posted before have some pretty good advice, from a professional aspect. I did walk my neighbor's dogs a few years ago and got $5 per walk for it. You're probably older and more proffessional so you should definitely be getting more than that. I was just a kid. I used my earnings for spending money on a trip to New York. :happy7: I didn't do it for the money though, I did it because I loved the dogs. I'd still be doing it if they hadn't moved away. Anyways, have fun with it! I hope it works out for you. Walking dogs sounds like it would be a great workout too. :lol:
  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    tgreyz wrote: »
    I found an article on wikihow "How to become a professional dog walker" it does mention getting insurance and bonded.

    I was thinking of just putting up some signs and seeing if anyone responds. If anyone does I would start with a couple dogs initially to see how it goes.

    Maybe I'll put up the signs to see what happens. If no one is interested it's a moot point.
    Thanks for the article!
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