You love dogs. Given the choice between dogs or humans, it’s dogs every time. You find joy walking them, spending time with them and caring for them.
If this is an accurate description of you, you may be considering becoming a dog walker so you can do what you love most all of the time. It may seem like a simple transition, but ask anyone who does this for a living and they’ll tell you dog walking isn’t easy, and it comes with a set of challenges just like any other small business, especially as you grow.
“Don’t get discouraged because it is hard. Just hang in there, believe in it and hustle,” says Heather Doll, who started dog walking in 2007 as an individual and now co-owns a business that grosses more than six figures a year and has 50 employees.
Read on as Doll, of RuffCity dog walking in New York City, as well as other experts, share their tips for how to find success in dog walking.