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A dog walking invoice is used when an individual or company is seeking payment for walking or caring for another person’s dog. Use this invoice when requesting payment if you are a caretaker of a client’s dog.
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A dog walker is a hired professional that retrieves a dog from an owner’s residence to allow a dog to exercise and do its business outside. Dog walking sounds easy, but in cities where dog walking is most prevalent, walking for eight (8) hours per day attached to multiple dogs while picking up dog feces isn’t an easy task. Dog walkers need to be trained and sometimes licensed to be a dog walker. Being able to communicate and have control over a dog or a group of dogs is essential to be a dog walker. There are some dogs that can’t be around other dogs due to their personality/breed. Knowing which dogs can be mixed with other dogs is essential to their safety and the publics’ safety. While on a dog walking job, a dog walker will need to be familiar with the following tools:
- Dog collar
- Belt (used to connect dog(s) to the dog walker’s waist)
- Dog bowl
- Waste bag (for cleaning up after the dog)
More than just having experience with dogs, dog walkers need to be physically fit and need to have the right temperament to work with dogs all day. A dog walker is hired when the owner of a dog is gone all day and needs a reliable and trusted person/company to care for their dog while absent. Jobs can be found in your local area by either searching classifieds online, in the newspaper, or by using an app.
- Websites – Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Rover
- Apps – Rover (iOS, Android), Wag! (iOS, Android) – Both apps locally connect dog owners and dog walkers.
An important aspect for any dog walker is knowing the local area. Walking dogs in crowded places with pedestrians is always to be avoided. Parks, trails, woods, and beaches are all great options for dog walking. Unfortunately, cities are limited in these resources and the only options are quiet residential streets. Use TrailLink to find the nearest dog walks in your area.
When working for a dog walking company in a big city, like New York City, one can make $15 per hour plus benefits. For most dog walkers, it’s a part-time job very similar to babysitting, and is a means to make some cash on the side. The median hourly rate and salary for dog walkers are: