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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Novus Markets, LLC (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967688019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967688015
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written by a dog-walking pioneer, this book provides all the information anyone would need to start up his or her own dog walking business. Presented in twelve well-defined steps, the author s action model incorporates everything from business basics to the fundamentals of animal psychology. Supported by a strong website and ancillary materials including a training DVD, the book will appeal to those seeking financial freedom at the end of a leash. --Publisher

Combine business with pleasure-everything you need to know to replace your day job with one that's much more fun. --Bark Magazine

--The Bark Magazine

"As a seasoned dog walker, Antell has plenty of experience ... the book offers plenty of information about every facet of the job [from] creating a business plan, advertising and getting supplies to interviewing clients, creating a website and walking the dogs ... in a format that is easy to understand." --DogChannel.com

--DogChannel.com

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A dog walker's job, focus, and service is very different than a pet sitter's, and the hours are much more conducive to stay-at-home parents, students, and retired persons. The bulk of a dog walker's work happens between the hours of 10am and 3pm. However with puppy-care, and a 3x per day schedule, you'll be starting a bit earlier and finishing a bit later. Dog walking is also a great way to supplement a dog training business!

Dog walking is a Zen-like business model, provides a steady predictable income, and your customer base is much, much larger.

Dog walking is for the most part recession proof. American households with dogs have increased exponentially. According to the APPA pet-related spending in 2008 will likely exceed $10.5 billion. We aren't going to get rid of our pets, and we aren't going to stop working and commuting. Therefore dog walkers will still be needed, even in a down economy.

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Thanks J.D. for your unselfishness, your passion for our four legged friends.
Larry Peace
The Dog Walker's Startup Guide by J.D. Antell us an excellent book for those considering starting a dog walking business.
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I highly recommend this book for anyone thinking about a career in the pet sitting/dog walking field.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Karen Point on February 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
After a brief introduction where the author talks about his life and what lead him to start a dog walking business I felt like I was reading a biography of my own life - particularly his discussion of himself as being in one of B.F. Skinner's experiments, and his feelings of "learned helplessness."

After that the book wastes no time getting into the meat of starting a dog walking business - chapter one lays the groundwork by encouraging a self-examination of one's personal finances and then quickly moves into planning a business that will meet those needs.

I will tell you if you are looking for a "small business nuts and bolts book" this isn't it - this book doesn't spend much time talking about the intricacies of running a small business and I was happy about that (see the small business for dummies series)- the author spends his time discussing the unique aspects of starting a dog walking business and where those issues bear relevance to a small business processes, he discusses them at length.

The chapters of this book proceed as "steps" and each builds on the next and at the end of the chapters is an action list which takes the recommendations from the chapter and basically creates an organized "to-do" list - I found the process to be rather fun. I found his chapter on advertising to be excellent and well informed - the author worked in the advertising world and seems to have a great handle on what works and how best to maximize a limited advertising budget - another favorite was the chapter on 'Earning Trust' which brought up many things I never would have thought of.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matthew N. Mulchi on May 20, 2009
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This single book has lead me to create my own dog walking service. I couldn't ask for more in such an enjoyable and informative guide. I would recommend this book to anyone who is even slightly entertaining the idea of starting their own dog walking business!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kiya05 on September 7, 2011
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I'm in the process of reading this book and find it excellent, easy to read, and it goes right along with my own life, so I feel this is the business for me. The information is laid out step by step without a lot of fluff and has all the information you need to feel confident in starting this business, including some good advertising ideas. I know I can do this using his instructions and information and am excited to get started.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Betsy on August 14, 2012
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This is a great book. He covers the basics and throws in lots of extras, related to marketing! I had a bit of a technical problem (that's me!), and he got right back with answers and fixed me up. I'm excited to give this a try, and Mr. Antell's information gave me the confidence to give it a shot. Thumbs up and thanks!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ckmist3 on August 28, 2010
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If you are starting you own pet sitting business this is worth the purchase. Offers valuable information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teya Swan on October 29, 2013
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As I'm currently considering starting my own dog walking business I purchased many books on the subject. This one was my favorite! It has many great ideas and pieces of advice and is very well written and most importantly of all is very well organized. It is clear from the book that the author puts the dogs' happiness and safety first. I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking about what it would be like to start a dog walking company.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolreads on February 6, 2013
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Easy to read. Lots of information provided in a concise manner. Great references. This book was written a few years back - but the references were still good. I truly appreciated the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry Peace on November 29, 2012
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After reviewing a few books and business tips on dog walking I selected this one. J.D. gave me the basic tools I needed to start my own successful dog walking business. Thanks J.D. for your unselfishness, your passion for our four legged friends.
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Dog walking pioneer, J.D. Antell, owned and operated one of the north shore's most successful dog walking business for over seven years. He is the founder of DogZanny.com, a comprehensive online resource devoted to helping professional dog walkers and businesses owners get started and operate successfully. He is an honors graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Film & Television production. He spent his early career producing and directing award-winning national TV commercials, shows, and videos in the Denver area before returning to New England.

J.D. began his interest in canine life at a very early age, having had dogs since his arrival in this world. His interest later manifesting into creative pursuits along that theme with an independent short 16mm film about wolves entitled, A Silence in The Woods (1993). During the filming of that short, J.D. worked with a socialized wolf pack in upper-state New York. His experience working with wolves taught him an appreciation for the unequivocal, and in doing so, a keen insight into the modern dog through this introduction to its forefathers. J.D. said of his initial experience:

"Their communication is intense and constant, there is a lot going on, and you really need to stay focused and aware of the signals (the language). If you lose focus you can wind up making a mistake, and that mistake can be costly. I was "disciplined" by the alpha female and I still have a scar to remind me, but she warned me several times--I should have heeded the warning." --J.D. Antell

Eventually, after working in the film and TV industry for ten years, J.D. returned to his original calling and started a dog walking business on the north shore of Massachusetts. While a dog walker, he began to learn more about dog behavior and training techniques, both modern and traditional. Having had a great deal of experience working with hundreds of different breeds and personalities J.D. developed an ability to communicate, and better understand, the language of dogs.

During that time both he and his wife, Eileen, immersed themselves in the business, learning valuable lessons along the way. They eventually expanded to offer dog training services after years of working with dogs and training their own German Shepherds.

J.D. spends his spare time sailing, boating and volunteering with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Currently he is working on three new writing projects and consulting dog walking business owners nationwide. He has the good fortune to live by the sea in Maine.

To learn more visit http://www.dogzanny.com/ or email info@dogzanny.com
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