My love for dogs is boundless. They are the most compassionate and beautiful domesticated creatures that mother nature has created. I absolutely do not believe that humanity deserve them. They are the most happiest animal in this dark world. Dogs are amazing and I am not just forced to say that because of my very unfortunate allergies to every other domesticated animal.
With everything said that is why I picked dog walking. Besides the fact that it was the only job that I was hired to do because finding a job in Boston is like trying to find a lucid person in the White House. Dog Walking was the first job that I landed in Boston. I love doing it because I get paid to play with these lovable and happy creatures every week.
So far my experience has been pretty good not so chaotic. I don’t have any crazy stories to tell but I do have quick tips if you are planning to join the dog walking community.
- Bring your own bags. Do not relay on the owner of the dog to have bags because sometimes that is not the case. You don’t want to be in a situation where you need a dog poop bag and you don’t have one. We want to keep the sidewalks and the parks clean for other people. We don’t want anyone to step into poop and you definitely don’t what that either. To avoid that just bring your own bags. You can get a package of 16 rolls for $8.
2. Always check the weather before going out on a walk. If it’s raining make sure you bring a rain jacket and weather rain boots. I don’t recommend on bring an umbrella because you should have at least one hand free when walking a dog. So definitely get a rain jacket. Also when the temperature drops you should always wear layers. Especially in a city like Boston during the winter you have to layer up. I recommend buying thermal leggings and a long sleeve shirt that you can wear underneath your jeans and sweaters to keep you warm.
3. Bring some treats or toys for the dogs. A treat or a toy can make a difference in the relationship you make with the dog you are walking. Majority of the dogs you are going to walk are strange dogs and most dogs are cautious around strange people especially if their owners aren’t around to tell them that this person is safe and friendly. So showing them a toy or giving them a treat opens the door of a new pupper to walker relationship. A 4oz bag of dog treats in CVS is only $5.
4. Most dogs that I have walked are very friendly, even if their owner aren’t home. But you should always be cautious around the dogs you are walking. You need to remember that these dogs don’t know you and that are not used to you. With every time you are walking into an apartment or house walk with cation. If you do encounter a dog who is scared and nervous then make yourself small. Sit down on the ground. Whatever you do don’t approach them or force them. If they are barking and lunging at you when you are trying to put the lash on them then just STOP! Chasing them around and yelling at them are not going to make the situation any better. Sit down on the ground, this is where the toys and treats you bought come in handy, after you are sitting down spread the toys or treats in front of you. Talk in a very soft and sweet voice until the dog approaches you. Whatever you do don’t grab them when they are sniffing the treat or toy. Just give them time to get use to you. If they are being very difficult then call the owner because your safety and the dog’s safety are important.
5. Lastly, when you became a dog walker you need to think about the money or more of the lack of money you are going to earn. Being a dog walker is a side job that can help you earn a little bit of extra cash but do not think you are going to have a stable income with this dog. Unfortunately you aren’t going to make much. Each walk can range from $9 to $21 and it all depends how long of the walk and how much does the owner tip you. Just keep in mind that you are doing this because you enjoy being surrounded by dogs not for the money.