July 11th, 2009, 07:20 PM
I need to make more $$$, my little living below the poverty line 10.00/hr just don't cut it anymore.
So I want to do something pet related of course. I thought about doing dog walking but specializing in small dogs. I see alot of small dogs that belong to elderly people and so they don't seem to get out much to be 'real dogs' Pretty much it's a walk around the block and that's it for their doggie excitement. At the very least, I would dedicate a few days of the week for the little ones and then take on the bigger dogs on other days.
July 11th, 2009, 07:42 PM
Sounds like a good idea. I don't know if you have to have insurance in case something happened to the dog(s) while in your charge. Like one slipped a collar and got hit by a car. At the very least a form clearing you of all wrongdoing and they sign. Have you looked into it?
July 11th, 2009, 07:55 PM
I agree with 14+, it's a good idea but you should see if you need to get insurance. What if you offered to maybe bathe dogs or something too.:shrug: I'm sure it's also hard for an elderly person to bath and groom their dog.
July 11th, 2009, 08:26 PM
I think it is a good idea. If you can't afford insurance, have them sign a waiver clause.
There are a lot of people who work all day that would love to have somebody walk their dog :thumbs up
July 11th, 2009, 08:34 PM
It is a good idea! Don't know where you are but in winter there are a lot of people that need help, and those that work a lot. I walked a dog for a lady this winter because she had just had knee surgery, and lucky me she was only 2 blocks from the dog park! But it was always -50 and that made it much less fun..
I had the same thing, I wanted to do something, just to help my mommy brain, I don't want to go back to working in a vet clinic, I do't want hours, and I don't really need the money, but it is nice to have extra, I wanted to do something pet related too, and that is why I started to become a dog groomer, I do it in my home, or go to peoples homes, It is amazing what word of mouth does, cuz technically I am not certified yet, but I get lots of requests, I will take as long as it needs and work with upset dogs, if the owners are forthcoming and stay. I don't discourage owners from staying, and I don't restrain dogs in an uncomfortable way, there seems to be a want for thins, instead of people that will just shave a dog as fast as they can in order to get to the next one, I will scissor the whole dog if that is what they want, and I have even taken 3 hours to get one done.. I enjoy meeting all the doggies!
July 11th, 2009, 09:19 PM
I would definately get insurance! There is an association, just on their site but can't remember the name..having one of those moments, that you can get insurance as a member. I will keep searching and probably go talk to my car insurance broker. I have some money so I can actually maybe do this right for a change. The bathing/light grooming would be ok to do too. Some of those little dogs I've seen could use a good bath and comb out.