Advantages Working outside, happy doggies, work own hours, pick and choose customers!
Disadvantages Rain, poo, mud, diesel...
With the recent recession, there has been a sudden influx of ‘Dog walkers’ in my area. I don’t just mean casual people taking their pooch out for a walk, I mean those who have decided that they like dogs and would like to walk others for a living. During a recent visit to my vets, I noticed that their notice board (well I guess it works then) had 16 Dog Walkers advertising on it – 6 months ago there was me, my friend and two well-known others. It is because of this that I thought I’d write about what’s needed to be a dog walker and what Joe Public and his dog, Jack Poodle, should be looking out for.
Randomly today, my aggressive Border Collie owner said the reason she wanted me during the holidays is to keep the dog socialised as I do a better job than she ever could. I’m not blowing my slightly rusty trumpet (well obviously I am) but I’m an individual and group walker. I do individual walks with those I feel will not benefit from running free with others and I try my bestest to get those that do love a good beach run with friends to tolerate new friends too. Some dogs are nervous ninnies (my Irish Water Spaniel, Puddle was one of these) which can benefit from group walking whereas with others it may make them even worse – a noisy group walk might be the end of them! It is experience that tells me which walk is more suited to each individual dog.
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