How to Make Your First Dog Walking Experience a Success

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You want to make a living doing something related to your passion for dogs. Puptastic! Whether you do it on the side or as your main source of income, walking dogs may be a rewarding task. The need for reliable dog walkers is also significant. The American Pet Products Association estimates that in 2021, pet owners will spend over $9.7 billion on non-veterinary services, including dog walking.

Are you prepared to take on your first customer? If you want to go on a stroll for the first time, here are seven things to keep in mind.

Learn about your canine client.

Read the dog's bio and any notes left by the dog's owners or other walkers to get ready for your walk. This will let you find out about your four-legged client before you even meet them. Pay attention to their body language and little quirks as you walk with them. Every dog is different, and getting to know your dog's personality will help you both have a good time on walks, not just the first time, but every time after that.

Talk to the pet owners at all times.

If the instructions aren't clear or you have more questions, don't be afraid to get in touch with the pet parents. Asking questions about their dog shows that you care about them and is a key part of a woofderful walk. In addition, it is important to get to know the pet parents and develop a relationship with them over time. Keep the lines of communication open and let them know when you're free so they can keep booking you.

Don't go empty-handed

Leave the house without pet waste bags. Some parents may provide bags or live in an apartment complex with pet waste stations, but it's always a good idea to bring extra bags. Leashes and collars as backups (you never know when you'll need them) and dog treats are two other items you may choose to bring along (check with the pet parent first if their dog can have them).

Send out updates

Even if you're only taking their dog for a quick stroll, be sure to share images and videos with the pet parents. It's also a good idea to send a second update after the walk to let the owner know that their dog has returned home safely.

Have confidence in yourself

You've prepared for your dog's walking shift by researching your customer, reading the Pet Parent's notes, and stocking up on treats and waste bags. The time has come for introductions. Even though it's normal to be nervous about your first job, it's important to remember that dogs are very good at reading human emotions and often pick up on and copy those of the people they live with. You should feel prepared and ready to tackle the meeting head-on.

Make sure to have fun

Dog walking is more than just taking canines for strolls. In addition to making sure your client gets back home safely, you'll also need to fill out a report card and follow the pet's parents' instructions. If you want to make a career out of walking dogs, you need to genuinely like doing so.

Be consistent and persistent

Do not give up if you are having trouble getting dog walking bookings in the beginning. Persevere, and you will get your first customer soon!

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