me and my sister want to start our own dog walking buisness, but we dont know how to start. we want to make shure we dont forgett any thing. we want the dogs to be non agressive, lead trained, and they must have a secure collar/harness, and leash. but we are going to walk un vaccinated dogs as well as vaccinated dogs. just not together. but we are going to exsplain how disease such as parvo and rabies can be transemitted even thought they dont come into contact with a infected dog. we are also going to make them sighn a contract saying we are not responsible if there dog does pick up a disease. what else are we missing? please help. any ideas?
I would strongly disscouage walking unvaccinated dogs. If one accidentally bites you or gets into a fight with a wandering dog you are in BIG trouble. Please, reconsider this. Being a dog walker also requires you to be pretty strong if you are going to walk a large breed. Dog are wonderful, but they are not predictable. Even the best trained dog may act differently when you are walking it and not its owner. I would suggest being atleast 16, having health insurance, and lots of experience handling animals. You could volunteer at a local shelter to help you get an idea of what it would take to work with animals.
I am 20 years old. and I dont have a dog shelter close by. the closest one is 45 mins away. but becuse I breast feed my son I can only be away from him for 4 hours. and I despreatly need the money and love dogs. so this is the best thing I could come up with. I have checked with the local vets, and the groomers but neather will hiyer me. and there is no other job where I can only work 4 hours at a time. and I thought I could mabey help some senior who cant get out and walk there dog. thank you for your replie though.
Not to get personal... I breast fed all four of my kids. Have you considered pumping? I worked as an apprentice for a groomer in college and for a pet store. These would pay a bit better. Owning your own business isn't always an easy task, and the money is very unpredictable. If you really want to be a dog walker make up some flyers and canvas your area. If there is an area where seniors meet near you try to leave information there, as well.
yes I have tried pumping dosent work for me. he hates the bottle, unless there is water or juice in it. I tried everything short of starving him. I relise the money wont be poring in. the highest price I am charging is 5$ an hour. and I have to split it with my sister. I just need something. my guy has a job. but I refuse to let him buy me things. I am trying to save up my money to get an italian greyhound next summer. I am sorry for talking about breast feeding.
Dog walking service: Some things you could do: insist on rabies Vaccine for all dog being walked by you.at least. You should pervide info on risks of exposeure to other dogs if their pet is not Vaccinated. UnVaccinated Pets are really the ones that are at risk, not the ones that are Vaccinated,. Vaccinations are given to animals to produce antibodies for the animals for certain diseases. Licenses: Where I'm from you can get nailed for your dog not haveing a license, even if the dog your walking is not yours. Dogs should wear choke collars or snug harnesses to prevent escape. Flat collars are an easy escape. Each dog in your program should have a try out walk to see if they are indeed a good candidate for your walking program. You should have a contract for your protection if the pet does get injured while out. Like cut feet, or how you would handle a hit by car incedent, it could happen. I'll keep thinking of more things......
thank you sue. I want to be prepared for everything. we arnt going to start untill sometime in july. so then we can make shure we have everything down. we have had lots of dog exsperiance, and we love dogs. so this eems to be the right choice for us. thank you again for all the advice
As far as advertising, try printing out flyers (or even cheaper- print one and make copies, it's really cheap, like 10 cents a copy at some places) and with that give your vaccination requirements as well as a warning, like Sue said. I would also make out a contract for interested customers as to what you will and will not take responsibility for (thing like attacks, running away, getting sick, etc.). You might see who your potential customers are and what time they generally want you to walk, and make that your time. You can take two walks a day, one for larger or more active dogs and one for less active dogs (if you want to walk them together) which would leave you the time and energy you need. Map out a plan for where you will walk them and give them to the owners so that they can keep track of what's going on with their dogs. And charge a reasonable amout of money- enough to advertise and still make a profit. It may sound silly, but use color (like on your flyers), create a cool sounding name, etc. People react better to a easy to look at flyer and an interesting name than they would to a black and white piece of paper that says "dog walkers". You can also create a website (tripod or geocities.com have free site starters) and advertise. That might be a good way, if you hand out flyers, to give even more information. Such as, give the basics to start with and then let them look you up on the web for the rest. It would also save you money if you created a place on the site with the official contract, then people could print it and sign it instead of it being given to them by you. You could also have a questionaire or such with questions about the dog's personality so you could learn about the dog beofre you walk them (like if they have ever bitten, if they are easily afraid, if they have problems with cats or other dogs, etc.) I'm always full of these ideas and I like being creative, so I can help you on those things or anything else if you want. Here are some links. They aren't only about walking, but they can give you something to think about and might give you ideas as far as how you run a business and create a contract: http://www.urbanhound.com/houndLaw/ShowAnswer.asp?QID=392 http://www.dogbitelaw.com/PAGES/dog_park.html http://www.urbanhound.com/houndLaw/cityRules.html
http://www.ci.sf.ca.us/site/acc_page.asp?id=6657 Here is another good link. At the bottom of this page is an example of what an agreement may look like. It doesn't have a disclaimer for injury to the pet. I would definately include this. http://www.homebusinesscenter.com/how_to_start/petsitting.html You will have to click both of the dog walking links. There are also more business ideas on this site.
In my opinion all dogs should be vaccinated - puppies most definitely. My husband owns his own business - not the same business (catering business). From my experience with his business, I would not take personal checks from anyone if it is an out of state check, I would have everyone sign a contract abiding to your guidelines, etc. If you are unsure about anything, I would contact an attorney to make sure you have everything you need to save yourself from any mishaps. Good luck with your business - I hope it works out for you :)