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Become A Dog Walker

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Working As A Dog Walker

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Repetitive

  • $21,010

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Dog Walker does

  • Walked multiple dogs each day.
  • Walked various types of dogs during all weather conditions Sanitized and cleaned kennels
  • Check food and water bowls give them attention.
  • Understand special requests and conditions for each animal in my care.
  • House and dogs were given the highest level of customer service and standards.
  • Advised owners regarding animal care and supplementary training at home.
  • Walked large dogs and restrained physically strong or aggressive dogs.
  • Stayed at clients homes and took care of any and all animals that they had.
  • Do interviews for potential clients.
  • Arrive on time to appointments and provide ongoing communication with pet owners.
  • Wash all dogs food pans and water pans replace with fresh water.
  • Perform intake meetings with potential new clients to ensure that we fulfill their needs.
  • Walk clients dogsMake sure they are fed/watered
  • Provide in home pet care services while owners are at work or on vacation.
  • Communicate with clients and schedule appointments, administer medications, and veterinarian visits.
  • Provided pet taxi from vet or daycare services .
  • Pay close attention when cleaning up any type of animal waste on walks and cleaning out litter boxes.
  • Play with dogs following instructions for exercise Provided in-home pet care.

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How To Become A Dog Walker

Most animal care and service workers have a high school diploma and learn the occupation on the job. Many employers prefer to hire people who have experience with animals.


Most animal care and service worker positions require at least a high school diploma or equivalent.

Although pet groomers typically learn by working under the guidance of an experienced groomer, they can also attend grooming schools. The length of each program varies with the school and the number of advanced skills taught.

Most zoos require keepers to have a bachelor’s degree in biology, animal science, or a related field.

Animal trainers usually need a high school diploma or equivalent, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree. For example, marine mammal trainers usually need a bachelor’s degree in marine biology, animal science, biology, or a related field.

Dog trainers and horse trainers typically qualify by taking courses at community colleges or vocational and private training schools.


Most animal care and service workers learn through on-the-job training. They begin by performing basic tasks and work up to positions that require more responsibility and experience.

Some animal care and service workers may receive training before they enter their position. For example, caretakers in shelters can attend training programs through the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association. Pet groomers often learn their trade by training under the guidance of an experienced groomer.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills. For example, several professional associations and hundreds of private vocational and state-approved trade schools offer certification for dog trainers.

The National Dog Groomers Association of America offers certification for master status as a groomer. Both the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International offer a home-study certification program for pet sitters. Marine mammal trainers should be certified in scuba-diving.

For self-employed workers, many states require animal care and service workers to have a business license.

Other Experience

For many caretaker positions, it helps to have experience working with animals. Nearly all animal trainer and zookeeper positions require candidates to have experience with animals. Volunteering and internships at zoos and aquariums are excellent ways to gain experience in working with animals.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Animal care and service workers must be compassionate when dealing with animals and their owners. They should like animals and must treat them with kindness.

Customer-service skills. Animal care and service workers should understand pet owners’ needs so they can provide services that leave the owners satisfied. Some workers may need to deal with distraught pet owners. For example, caretakers working in animal shelters may need to reassure owners looking for a lost pet.

Detail oriented. Animal care and service workers must be detail oriented because they are often responsible for keeping animals on a strict diet, maintaining records, and monitoring changes in animals’ behavior.

Patience. Animal caretakers and all animal trainers need to be patient when training or working with animals that do not respond to commands.

Physical stamina. Stamina is important for animal care and service workers because their work often involves kneeling, crawling, bending, and lifting heavy supplies, such as bags of food.

Problem-solving skills. Animal trainers must be able to assess whether the animals are responding to teaching methods and identify which methods are most successful.

Reliability. In order to meet the customer’s needs, animal care and service workers need to care for animals in a scheduled and timely manner.

Trustworthiness. Pet sitters must demonstrate that they can be trusted when caring for animals and properties while the owner is away.

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Dog Walker Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Mandarin

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

  • Swedish

  • Irish

  • Czech

  • Chinese

  • Ukrainian

  • Bambara

  • Hindi

  • Danish

  • Arabic

  • Kazakh

  • Thai

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Top Skills for A Dog Walker


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Top Dog Walker Skills

  1. OWN Dog
  2. Pet Care Services
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Capitalized on niche market and a growing need in local area for Pet care services and dog walkingServices.
  • Provide excellent customer service to clients to create a strong and trusting relationship with them and their dog.
  • Pet CPR and First Aid certified animal care provider (certification expires at the end of January 2019).
  • Assisted with office duties including answering the phone, calling pet owners and scheduling appointments.
  • Recruited new clients and maintained excellent personal relationships with existing clients

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