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
From the Author
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.