Dog walker

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How much does a Dog Walker make in the United States?

Average base salary
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4.3k salaries reported, updated at Aug 05, 2020
$15.73
per hour
The average salary for a dog walker with 2 to 3 years of experience, Bachelor Degree, and 3 selected qualifications is $15.73 per hour in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Flexible schedule
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Referral program
  • Paid sick time
  • Life insurance
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What does a Dog Walker do?

A dog walker picks up a dog, usually from its home, and walks it when the owner is unable to walk it. Some dog walkers only walk one dog at a time, while others walk several at one time. Some dog walkers work independently and may use an online matching service to find new clients. Other dog walkers work for a larger business that assigns them dog walking responsibilities.

Working as a Dog Walker

There are several responsibilities associated with being a dog walker. Dog walkers:

  • Provide dogs with exercise, usually in half hour or hour increments
  • Insure that the dog has a good amount of food and water in order to be able to exercise
  • Pick up and dispose of dog droppings
  • Keep the dog safe from other animals during the walk
  • Notify owners if the dog appears to be having any health issues

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What are some important skills for dog walkers?

Dog walkers need to have compassion and patience as they work with dogs. They also need to have good customer service skills as they work with the owners of the animals who may have very specific requests for the care of their dogs. Dog walkers also need to be reliable and have great physical stamina. They'll be on their feet for hours and controlling large dogs that may pull on their leashes.

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How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a dog walker?

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How might dog walkers expand on their businesses?

Dog walkers can expand their businesses by offering pet sitting services. This involves watching dogs while their owners are out of town. This would include feeding, walking and playing with the dogs, and might also involve bathing or trimming the dogs' nails.

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