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What are some things I need to consider before dog walking?

I'm interested in starting a small dog walking business in my town. What are some things I need to consider before I do this? Do I need any sort of insurance? How do you figure out how much to charge? Etc. I've had dogs all my life. I know lots about dogs. I love dogs. So, I figure why not do a job I'd love! And work for myself. I'm just not sure what things need to be considered first. How do you get insurance? What type of insurance?

Asked By: Domino - 7/3/2009
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Well, first you'll want to consider your neighborhood. The people in one state or city will not pay the same as the people in another. First consider your area before even starting the business. If you live in a "poor" state or city, I would stop right there because you will be hard pressed to find people willing to... More
Answered By: Vee - 7/3/2009
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You will need insurance. charge on the basis of how long they are with you will you collect and take back the dogs or will they bring and collect their dogs? What is the average going rate in your area? do the owners want their dog walked on it's own or with other dogs?
Answered By: Eno - 7/3/2009
 
You'll need to get a business license from your county/city and you'll also need a liability policy to cover you incase a dog is injured while in your care. You'll also need some references from previous jobs where you've worked with dogs, such as your local animal shelter/rescue. You'll also need some references... More
Answered By: Lindsay B - 7/3/2009
 
Well, you may want to consider your own strength, and maybe some release forms. You don't exactly want to get sued if someone's prize pup gets away from you and ends up under a tire now do you? It's a horrible thing to think of, but you have to be careful if you're starting your own business. Also, maybe some sort of... More
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Answered By: Anne - 7/3/2009
 
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