The Challenges of a Dog-Walking Job

Some types of professions require a license to be practiced, since a license is a proof that a person has undergone formal and proper education and training needed for the effective performance of the intended work. There is a license for medical practitioners, accountants, lawyers, commercial vehicle drivers and, of course, dog walkers – one of the new group of experts in town.

As a dog walker, you can be your own boss; and your office – nature’s vastness: streets, parks, or wherever there is space. Surprisingly, many dog walkers today were former professionals in other fields. One or a couple of them could have been former lawyers, computer programmers, accountants, nurses, writers, ex-military personnel or sales representatives.

To be able to join the dog-walking profession, one needs to undergo professional training and have comprehensive knowledge on canine first aid, dog behavior and body language, trail etiquette, pack management, and an effective marketing strategy that will earn clients. Prior to all these, however, the foremost requirement is love of dogs.

Dogs are very energetic pets, thus, it is important that they get to spend their energy on exercise and playful activities or these may end up resorting to unpleasant and, sometimes, harmful behavior, like harmful playful moves or rough play, play biting, constant whining, barking and scratching, destructive chewing, jumping up on people and so forth.

Part of a dog’s daily regimen is a walking or running exercise. For this, a dog walker also needs to have great stamina and, not to forget, patience, for the job sometimes requires bathing dogs, especially when it rains during a scheduled walk: a dog can definitely end up soaked in mud. This also means dirty towels and plenty of dog hair.

Entrusting your pet/s’ exercise to a highly-skilled dog walker, like an Austin dog walker, is necessary if you do not have time to see to it yourself. This will ensure that your pet is healthy and happy.