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It is important to comprehend from the first that dog walking and pet sitting comprise strenuous work. You have to acquire substantial knowledge about dogs and other pet animals to be successful in this field. The profession demands physical stamina and technical skill. You also must have a sweeping idea of a broad plethora of knowledge ranging from animal behavior to giving first aid to pets. Understanding city laws are a plus.
Not a bed of roses
Health insurance is non-existent. There is no paid time off. Extra money can be earned from taking care of the client’s pet on weekends and holidays. Many clients may ask you to take care of their pets during week evenings too. It means substantial driving from one client’s place to another and limited parking spots in downtown areas.
Then again, taking care of pets is a business, and like any other money-making schemes, there are a lot of similarities to other professions. You will be responsible for generating invoices, marketing, banking, and advertising. There are a number of other important tasks which keep the business running. You should answer the phone and return calls. You must also reply to important emails and do all the things that must be done.
Do not be discouraged by such bureaucratese. Dog walking and pet sitting are extremely profitable professions. The monetary returns are truly spectacular. You may find people from other professions resigning their jobs and joining your venture.
Finding a foot
By this time, you feel comfortable to begin your own dog-walking business. It is now important for you to examine yourself as to whether you have the acumen to make this venture a successful one. The first factor is, of course, doing a market survey as to whether there is a market demand for walking dogs in the area you wish to operate. Do not venture if there is no demand or too much competition already exists. The easiest way to find out the quantity of demand is to visit the local pet-store and making a few discreet inquiries. Classified advertisements in newspapers offer a mine of information in this regard. Go through the lists and find out the number of people offering the dog walking business.
It is important that you must love the pet you are hired to pamper or walk. It is also vital that you must have the experience or skill in keeping control over the dogs. If you were around only a few dogs before, volunteer at the local dog pound or animal shelter. It is no harm to take a formal course in caring for animals. Once you take the course, you will feel much more confidence when walking the pet.