How to be a professional dog walker: Skills & tips

Updated: Jul 16

Love getting up every morning and bounding through the streets with your dog? Then maybe professional dog walking is for you. Being a professional dog walker can get you a regular income on the side, provided you have the right experience and training. Here are the basic set of skills you’ll need to have to start a dog walking business:

Understanding dog behaviour

Professional dog walker petting dog

As a professional dog walker, you’ll need to understand the nuances of canine behaviour completely — how to get friendly with a new dog, how much to exercise dogs of different sizes and breeds, how to know when a dog is distracted, tired or aggressive etc. Learning from professional courses in canine behaviour or working with experts can work as a bonus.

Knowing the right way to walk a dog

Dog walking business with one dog

Follow the right method to walk dogs safely without causing injury. Get a firm grip on the leash, allow minimal slack and walk at a brisk pace. It is important to perfect this for starting a dog walking business. You’ll also need to know how to deal with: