When I first started dog walking through Rover.com, I though it would be nice to have a few extra dollars in my pocket from spending time with dogs a few times a week. I had no idea how quickly the business would ramp up, how much money it would bring in, and the health benefits that would come along with it. Let me tell you why it is literally the best job ever.
You get to be your own boss.
That’s the dream right? With dog walking and pet sitting, you get to set your own hours, set your own rates, and you have the authority to pick and choose which animals and owners you’d like to work with. Don’t like big dogs? No problem, you don’t have to work with them. Don’t want to work weekends? Don’t. Not a morning person? Set your hours to start after 11 AM. Feel like you have more to offer than the typical dog walker, like experience training puppies? Set your rates higher than the competition.
You’ll get more exercise than a desk job.
Before I began dog walking, my steps per day ranged anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 steps, with the average being about 4,500 (according to my Apple Watch). Since I started dog walking, the average has jumped to 10,500. There are days I have over 13,000 steps before 3 PM. Depending on the temperament, size and personality of the dog, I may walk leisurely, briskly, or even run for the majority of our 30 minute walks. The great part is, as my clientele gradually grew, so did my number of steps – which meant I was able to avoid the fatigue and exhaustion so many people face when starting a new exercise routine. When you’re moving more, you’re going to feel better – walking can improve sleep and reduce stress.
Not only is it good for your physical health, but mental health too.
I mean, how can you not be happy when your surrounded by adorable pups all the time? Pets have been shown to reduce stress, increase mood, and help with depression. When I’m walking a puppy, I’m able to step away from my own personal stress because I’m more focused on training and playing with the pup.
The pay isn’t too shabby either.
I first heard of Rover.com through a friend who was considering dog walking. When I checked out the site, I was a little shocked at how much dog walkers in my area were making. In my area, a 30 minute walk runs about $15-$20. If you live in a city with a lot of people (and lots of dogs), and can walk from one dog’s home to another, you can turn dog walking into a full time job. If you live in the suburbs, it can be a bit tougher as you need to commute from one place to another and don’t have the ability to take on more than one dog at a time – although this is what I do and I still make out pretty well for less than 20 hours a week.
Did I mention you’re getting paid to spend time with dogs?
This one speaks for itself. I mean, just look at these faces:
Convinced yet? If you’re interested in becoming a dog walker and don’t know how to get started, I recommend using a dog walking app to connect with dog owners in your community. Personally, I use Rover for it’s simplicity, insurance, and flexibility in setting rates – if you want to get started, I’d love it if you would use my referral link!
And of course, if you have a pup of your own and need someone to walk them or just check in while you’re at work or away, you can go through my profile here, and use the code FIRSTWALK2020 to get $20 off your first booking. Don’t worry, even if you choose to book with someone else, you’ll still get $20 off . 🙂
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