The new generations have brought fresh air with new jobs that anyone can carry out. For example, being a dog walker. Have you ever considered it? It may not be something you can live on, but it could give you an important extra with which to make ends meet.
Tips to be a good dog walker
We should not underestimate this work because, like others, you have to learn it and know how to develop it in the best possible way. Therefore, here are some tips for you to get it too.
Everything is to start
If you have already decided that you want to start working as a dog walker, the most difficulty comes at the beginning. You must make your way and the best thing for this is to do it with people you already know. Offer to walk the dogs of your friends and neighbors, because even if you do it for little money it is possible that they will then speak well of you to others.
If you want to go one step further, talk to your music or language classmates, or any other place you go to, such as the gym or a game of a sport you practice. It is important that you explain to them that you want to work as a dog walker so that they can talk to others about you.
Talk to some agency
Believe it or not, there are agencies that are dedicated to this, and signing up for one can be useful. One of the questions they will ask you is if you have the experience, which you will have obtained if you started by putting the above advice into practice.
Of course, agencies have advantages and disadvantages. In this case, the advantage is that you will not have to worry about looking for customers, as they will. But it has the disadvantage that it is one more intermediary, so you will earn less and, in addition, it will be your boss, so you will have to stick to its schedules and its rules.
Get a certificate
Being a dog walker is not that simple and, if offering your services you have a certificate to provide, finding clients will be much easier. There are schools that even offer scholarships. This will help you find your own clients and get an agency to hire you, in case that is what you want.
Know your city
If you are going to dedicate yourself to this, you will have to know the city like the palm of your hand, especially in that related to dogs. Know where are the best parks, peeps, pools, or beaches if you live in coastal areas, natural places where you can make routes with them, and any other corner you can find.
If you manage to locate all these points, it is most likely that when you start working you enjoy walking your new friends and you do not have to waste time hanging around.
Get along with the owners
It is important that you know how to handle dogs, but you should also know how to do it with the owners. Think that being kind, flexible and reasonable are qualities that we all value and that if others perceive in you, they will tell more people.
It is possible that at some point misunderstandings arise, but if you are able to handle them calmly and sympathetically, you will gain everyone’s trust and open new doors to other customers.
Being fit will be essential for you to walk dogs. Sometimes the rides that you have to take with them will be long, or you may have to travel long distances to pick up everyone in your house. If during your free time you use yourself to be fit, you will see that the work is less heavy.
You see that with these tips it is not difficult to be a good dog walker. Put them into practice and use this new form of employment to earn an extra. Or, who knows, maybe to live on it.