Get a Job as a Dog Walker

Dog walking is a wonderful way to bring in some extra cash, especially around Christmas and the holidays! With many families either travelling out of town or dealing with their schedules being jam packed between holiday school programs and getting all their extra shopping done, poor Fido is often forgotten about. This is where you, the dog walker, come to the rescue.

There are several ways to find a job as a dog walker, and it’s important that you like dogs and get along well with dogs. The first step, of course, is to learn about dog walking and how to walk dogs. You can find information on to learn how to become a dog walker. You don’t necessarily need to start a dog walking service, but you do need to know how to take care of dogs under your care.

If you want to become an independent dog walker, you’ll first want to get licensed with the city and get dog walker insurance and bonding. You want to make sure you’re protected in case something bad happens.

Once you’re licensed and insured, you need to let people know you are available to walk dogs. Word of mouth is a great way to find clients. Let friends who own dogs know about your service and also let people know at local dog parks or while on walks.  You can create a listing on to let people searching online know about your service. You can also use a free site like Craigslist.

You should create eye-catching flyers with your contact information as well as your experience with different animals and jobs on it! The next step is to get these flyers spread around town as much as possible. Options of different places to hand out and hang out these flyers are places such as pet stores, local grocery stores, community bulletin boards, college lecture halls, and the local libraries. You can also get in touch with your local newspaper and place an ad so that when a reader is skimming through the pages they can come across your information and you will reach greater audiences this way.

Another option is to get a dog with an already established dog walking service. This will allow you to take on less risk and not have to worry about finding new clients. Look in your local phone book or on’s dog walker jobs site to find dog walking services. Reach out to them and let them know your availability. With the holiday season bringing more clients, many dog walking companies are happy to have temporary workers.

Once your potential clients get in touch with you, or once you work for a dog walking service, it is important to be up front and honest about things such as your availability and the rate at which you charge for your services. Because dog walking over the holidays may just be a short term job with potential to turn into a long term or intermittent job, it is important to let people know your availability and rates.

Whether you plan to only walk dogs during the holiday season or to turn it into more of a profession, dog walking can be a good business.