Starting a dog walking business can be exciting and challenging but with dedication and hard work, you can be a successful dog walker.
Here are some useful start-up tips from us:-
Research local laws and regulations: Check with your local government to find out if you need a license or permit to start a dog walking business. You should also be familiar with any laws or ordinances that pertain to dog walking, such as leash laws or dog park rules.
Advertise your services: Spread the word about your new business by creating flyers or business cards and distributing them in your community. You can also advertise online through social media or by creating a website.
Set clear policies: It’s important to have clear policies in place, such as your cancellation policy, fees, social media and privacy terms and what is included in your services (e.g., feeding, administering medication). Make sure your clients understand and agree to these policies before you start working with their pets.
Invest in the right equipment: You’ll need a good leash, a water bottle and bowl, and a supply of bags to clean up after your clients’ pets. You may also want to invest in some gear to carry your supplies and essential first aid items and make your walks more comfortable.
Enrol in a Dog First Aid course: You’ll want to know what to do in the case of an emergency such as CPR, choking or poisoning. There are many online courses and in-house courses available.
Get to know your clients: Take time to get to know your clients and their pets. Find out about their routines, habits and any specific needs or concerns they may have.
Keep your clients informed: Make sure your clients know when you’ll be arriving and leaving and keep them updated on their pets’ activity.
Be reliable: Show up on time and follow through on your commitments. This is important for building trust with your clients and maintaining a good reputation in the community.
Join dog walking groups: Facebook is a great place to join groups/communities who can offer great advice and support for new start ups.
Good luck with your exciting new venture!