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I'm considering becoming a dog walker?

I want to walk dogs part time on weekends (since i already have a full time job 9-5) I have a general idea of how to start off my little business walking dogs, but need full details in case I'm wrong. How do I start? Where can I get a liscence and insured? How much do I charge and for how long of a walk? What restrictions should I have? Pros and Cons of having a dog walking business part time? Flyers or adds in the paper? Etc!? Please give me all the details I need to know before I start? Can I get some typr of training and where? I live in Southern California!

Asked By: - 5/12/2008
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Sounds like fun! Here's some info that might help you. First of all you don't need a trade business license, but you will be required to register with the state. So you'll need to find a Small Business Administration. Google it, and find what is required in your state. As for business insurance, I reccommend this... More
Answered By: ♥Love is a Border Collie Rescue♥ - 5/12/2008
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I would put up flyers at vet offices, captive audience. wondering though if there will be much call on weekends? might want to think about being a pet sitter instead, lots of people prefer to have their animals at home when they go away, instead of boarding, but need someone who can go in a few times during the day to... More
Answered By: dobemommy - 5/12/2008
 
Contact and join the National Association of Pet Sitters. They can help you with all the details (Insurance, advertising, etc... More
Answered By: Yo LO! © - 5/12/2008
 
The best dog walker and rehabilitator live in your back yard. Cesar Millan check out his web site. He is the master of the dog.
Answered By: Lyn B - 5/12/2008
 
well i would hate to become a dog walker because you have to pick up crap every time it poops, its your responsibality if the dog gets lost, you have to make sure that it dont p*e on cars or homes. so i think that that job wouldn't be to great, trust me i did it once befor.
Answered By: da man - 5/12/2008
 
I thought about doing this too, I love dogs (even if you do have to pick up their crap now & then, they are better to be around than most people!) I would suggest you look up someone or call someone who is already doing this business and see how they got started & what they charge, etc. Good luck to you!
Answered By: party_girl_5873 - 5/12/2008
 
You have a good idea. You are offering a service that most busy people don't always have time for. As for as needing a license, that depends upon where you live. Call your community's city hall, and ask them. Most states, have a comptroller office, that issues certificates requiring business to charge and... More
Answered By: bobinn - 5/12/2008
 
I can hazard a guess that you're going to have a hard time getting much business on weekends. People need dog walkers during the week because that's when the work week is and people can't be home to walk their dogs. They're home on the weekends and don't need a dog walker... More
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