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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.
There are several responsibilities associated with being a dog walker. 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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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.