So far, during my career as a Professional Dog Walker, it’s really been a great adventure and full of joy. There are many reasons why I believe that being a pet sitter/dog walker is the best job in the world!
You get to choose your own work hours and rates of pay.
My work schedule is entirely planned by me – I choose which jobs to accept and decide on my availability and which time of day is best to visit the dogs I walk, obviously arranged in conjunction with the dog parents to suit their days. As a self-employed dog walker, I am also responsible for deciding on my hourly rate after doing plenty of research in the local area regarding other dog walker’s rates, the length of walks required, and how many dogs I take on the same walk. Of course, there is also the downside that I need to be available at weekends, evenings and holiday periods.
When the dogs I walk begin to recognise me
There is nothing better than when the pup I’m walking recognises and acknowledges me when I turn up. The dogs are usually at home alone while their owners are at work, and it’s a brilliant feeling when I walk through the door, and they greet me and are super excited to see me again.
Seeing tiny puppies grow into sizeable, adorable dogs
Those tiny puppies that I begin to look after from around 12 weeks grow up so fast. They are all adorable – how can you not love them with those big soppy eyes. It’s great fun getting to know each individual character as they grow, although it does sometimes feel like they are your children!
Being outside in the fresh air every day is a bonus.
While so many office professionals are desperately trying to fit in 30 minutes of exercise during their lunch hour, dog walkers like me certainly get plenty of daily exercise outside in the open air. With plenty of physical exercise, it’s certainly not a sedentary job, and spending the majority of my working day in the parks and woods with my four-legged friends is definitely more enjoyable than sitting at a desk.
Never a dull moment
During my time as a Dog Walker, I can honestly say that no two days have been the same. Each dog I walk or pet sit has a different personality, from their mischievous behaviour to how they interact with other dogs we meet on our walks. The dogs all know that I have treats in my pocket for them that they get when they’ve behaved and done as they’ve been told. It’s not only a fun job, but it’s also the best job, as the dog is your boss!
Plenty of Doggy Cuddles
I’ve yet to find a dog that doesn’t love to be cuddled. The dogs enjoy cuddling up to me when we take a breather on a seat in the park, which is all very well unless they have been running in the mud!
Being a professional Dog Walker isn’t going to make me rich, in hard cash, that is, but there is certainly an abundance of fun and adorable furry friends to spend my time with, and I’m surrounded each day by wagging tails and furry smiles.