Dog walker

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How to become a Dog Walker

There are not any formal requirements to become a dog walker, although some agencies might ask you to take a test to show your competency with animals. Generally speaking, dog walkers are long-time dog owners themselves who have learned about dog care and behavior from their life experiences. Oftentimes, the most successful dog walkers are those with a background in veterinary health, since owners are willing to pay a premium for those with a formal background in animal care.

What skills help Dog Walkers find jobs?

  • Pet Care
  • Pet Sitting
  • Animal Care
  • Dog Handling
  • Medication Administration
  • Workers' Compensation Law
  • Time Management
  • Animal Handling
  • Veterinary Experience
  • Dog Training
  • Pet Grooming
  • Customer Service

Career progression for Dog Walker

Education levels for Dog Walkers

3%5%8%84%Doctoral DegreeAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Dog Walker job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-20Years of experience21k22k24k25k26kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Dog Walker in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Dog Walkers

  • Driver's License
  • CPR Certification
  • CPDT-KA Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • Veterinary Technician Certification
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Dog Walker

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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What is the job outlook for dog walkers?

The job outlook for dog walkers is particularly good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the field will grow 22% between 2016 and 2026, which is much faster than the growth of the general job market.

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