For the past couple of years, I have a dog walker on Rover. When I first signed up, I saw it as just a way to earn some extra cash. While I still love the money aspect of it (I mean, I get to play with dogs and get paid for it!), I have come to love my job even more due to a few other reasons.
I was recently working in an office, was there for about 3.5 yrs, and it was driving me crazy! Being stuck inside an office all day is not how I wanted to spend my time. So I started taking on dog walks during my lunch break. Instantly I noticed how much happier I was becoming! Being outside even for just 30 min was heaven for me.
Currently, I have 2 clients who I see on almost a daily basis. Monday through Friday I walk 2 dogs together, Layla and Kitty. Kitty is a 9-year-old Golden Retriever. Layla is a 9-year-old Chihuahua. Even though they are a bit on the older side they are two of the best dogs you could ever ask for. They are both sweet and well-behaved. My favorite thing about the two of them is that they both love to roll around in the grass. We usually have to stop at least 3 times each so they can roll around in the grass. By far they are my easiest clients. Once they are done using the bathroom they are done with their walks. If it’s a nice day out (which we haven’t really had, its been crazy hot out here!) I get to take them on a long walk.
My second client definitely requires a bit more work. Kane & Joey. I walk them on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday along with the occasional overnight dog sitting. Kane is a 100lb, 4-year-old German Shepherd, who’s hyper-ness never goes away. Most people when they see Kane are instantly terrified. When I first saw him, I instantly fell in love. He is the sweetest, most lovable dog ever. Joey, on the other hand, is a bit more on the feisty side. He is a 9-year-old Shih Tzu who loves to mark his territory (which, according to him, everything is his). With these two, I have to walk them for the full 30 min. We walk down to the park and spend the 30 min playing fetch with Kane. Joey, since he’s a bit older, just hangs out with me while Kane is off chasing balls. I also get to watch these pups when their fur-parents are out-of-town. This is by far my favorite because I get to spend my nights playing with them!
Being a dog walk/sitter definitely isn’t for everyone. You gotta pick up after them every time, the weather can be a pain, and you gotta know how to handle any situation that might arise. But if you love dogs, love spending time outdoors, and have a strong stomach I would definitely recommend being a dog walker. It is by far my mom favorite “job” I’ve had. I can’t wait to see what sort of dogs I get to meet in the future!
If you are interested in becoming a dog walker/sitter, sign up at Rover (affiliate link)