Post # 1
I am toying with the idea of starting a dog walking business. Does anyone use this service? If so, does your walker provide a report card? Any creative bees with cute business name ideas? I am looking for any suggestions. Thanks!!
Post # 3
I use a service called Canine Adventure. They offer what they call an ‘adventure walk’ for dogs (among other services… they do neighborhood walks, caretaking of other types of pets, behavior consultations, leash lessons, etc…) Basically, each week our dog handler comes to our home, takes one of our dogs, and goes hiking along the river, brings the dog back, lets all the dogs outside for a quick tinkle, and makes sure their water bowl is filled and locks the house back up.
I get an e-mail with photos that evening, and they let me know where they went, if they had any issues (one of my danes cut his paw on a rock and she let me know as a heads up so I can check on it and keep it clean) and my favorite part of the e-mail is definitely the photos! I see my lovely pups running around, splashing in the river, meeting new dogs, and just really enjoying their hike. I have three dogs, and we rotate who gets to go each week, so each of my pups has one on one attention from the handler.
I decided to use this particular company because each of their handlers has a multitude of training and handling experience. They are all also dog CPR certified (one of them is a vet tech as well!). The company is licensed, bonded, and insured.
If you’re looking to start up something like this, I’d definitely look into the insurance first and foremost. Also, if it’s available to you, check into getting first aid & dog CPR credentials as well. As for what to include in the report card, as I mentioned my folks do a good job of just giving me a recap of their time together and the photos really make my day. Best of luck!
Post # 4
@danelady: Thanks for the info. I currently own a fitness business and I have my insurance company for that looking into a quote for the dog walking business. As I get older, my knees tell me I can’t teach group fitness classes much longer. I am lucky that a lot of my contracts and such can be easily changed.
I just started playing with this idea last night but I am pretty sure I am taking the plunge!
Post # 5
I have a dog walker come a few times a week. In the beginning he would write notes to tell us how it went and what they did. They sort of got redundant after awhile (and probably took time to write!) so they have since stopped. While I did enjoy reading them, I don’t really miss them. If something bad were to happen he could call me or email me but so far nothing like that has happened.
What I most enjoy though is he will email me pics at work from his iphone of the dogs at the park together playing etc. It is the highlight of my day to see the pics and how much fun my dog is having on his walk.
I also agree that you should make sure you have insurance and are protected.
Post # 6
I used to have my dog attend a doggy day care once a week and they provided report cards.
I found it cute and really funny to read 🙂
Post # 7
OP these are some names that came to mind-
Furry Paws Dog Walking Services
Paw Prints Pet Services or Paw Prints Walking Services
Puppy Love Pet Services
Post # 8
The legalese in me says, don’t solicit strangers on the Internet for ideas on what to name your business; if you’re extremely successful, there’s nothing stopping that person from turning up asking for a chunk of your money. Whether or not a court would award it is a different discussion, but generally speaking, someone who gives you that name could very well make a case for being due some compensation.
I’d also encourage you to research in your area, to determine how saturated the dogwalking business is. In my city, dog walkers are a dime a dozen, and whilst the established ones do seem to be doing quite well for themselves, there’s only so much room in the market, meaning the start-ups have a higher opportunity to fail. I’m not saying don’t go into this line of work; only saying make sure there’s enough potential business to support another potential competitor, as in some cities, there’s not.
Post # 9
@fishbone: Thanks for the advice on the name. I never thought of that.
I currently own another business I started 10 years ago so I don’t need this one to survive. This would just be fun for me!