How to Start a Dog Walking Service


Are you a family that likes animals? Dog walking may be the perfect business for your young entrepreneur. The benefits include plenty of fresh, clean air, exercise with man's best friend, and cash to boot!



Dog walking is a big business in large cities. Dog walkers are a fixture in the parks of New York City. People these days are too busy to walk their own dogs so they hire someone who has the time to do just that. If your children are up to it, they could earn as much money as any part-time job in a fast food restaurant if not more. Most of the work will be done by them, but you will be needed to get them started.


If you kids are interested in a dog walking business, do your homework. Go door to door in your neighborhood and see how many of the neighbors own dogs. Business is based on supply and demand. There has to be a need for your unique service.


Neighbors may not want to pay your teen just to walk their dog. They may inquire as to other services your teen’s business provides. Offering other services along with dog walking could boost the number of clients willing to take a chance on the service. Additional services you can offer include: pet grooming, pet feeding, and pet sitting.


Once you both have done the legwork, now it’s time to map out your business plan. Develop a price list. Still offer dog walking by itself, but also list prices if one of the additional services is added. Instead of writing down a set price, say something like, “We also offer dog grooming services with prices starting at $15.” Using a range gives you room to negotiate prices with different customers. If one customer has a bigger dog, the price will be higher than the starting rate. Drawing up a contract with the customer for the agreed upon prices is not a bad idea.


Once you have the price list, let them design a flyer. Go door to door again and hand them out. Make sure you include the child’s name as the owner of the business, the family telephone number, and address.


Next, you and your teen should head to the store for supplies. With any business there is an initial outlay of money to get started. They can pay you back out of their first month’s profits. You will need to purchase grooming supplies, pooper scooper, extra leashes, and doggie treats. Start with the basics and add more items as your business grows.


Helping your child start a business is rewarding. Learning to manage money early on will teach them fiscal responsibility. Besides, a little hard work never hurt anyone.



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