A Dog Walker’s Job – A Mixture of Love, Challenges and Dangers Just like any Other Work

Having a job is a blessing to many people, but having one which you really want and enjoy doing is “icing on the cake.” Oftentimes, people end up doing things they never even thought of or really want to do – well, some might think, “as long as the pay is good,” or “it’s better than having no job at all.”

Each type of job requires different sets of skills, patience and interest; just as each type of work place presents different challenges and dangers. Thus, the more dangerous the workplace is, like construction sites and manufacturing or industrial plants, the greater the dangers too. And, despite the much lesser dangers in an office setting, one thing that is greatly required is that you like your job or you may just end up as the one causing the dangers that other employees or workers may suffer from.

Despite federal and state laws on standard safety, workplace dangers are realities that are hard to dismiss – even for freelance workers who work in the very confines and comfort of their homes. But what about those whose jobs are done mainly outdoors, like farmers, fishermen, salesmen or even dog walkers? What sorts of challenges and dangers do they face every day or probably the right question to ask is, despite the often unpredictable challenges and dangers, what keeps them in their job?

Over the past few years, one really surprising activity in the workplace arena is the movement of some really successful people from their high-paying job to a not so high paying one, but which they obviously enjoy and love doing more – walking other people’s dogs. Accountants, classical musicians, computer programmers, writers, lawyers, nurses, sales reps, ex-military personnel; name a vocation and there’s surely one dog walker who successfully practiced that in the recent past.

Such people are the new workers on the block and it’s not impossible that you have come across them one time or another. Is their job easier? Well, besides having no boss, working on their own time and not needing to put on corporate attire, they also get to exercise daily, enjoy the fresh air, the relaxing nature and the sight of different breeds of dogs playing and interacting with their walker, trainer or other dogs.

Being a dog walker isn’t all fun, though; for it has its own set of demands and share of “not so good time,” at times. First and foremost, it requires that you LOVE dogs. You may qualify in all other requirements, but if you don’t have this first one, then this job is going to be a nightmare – that’s guaranteed. The job also requires great stamina, professional training and certification, a license that will prove you’re a qualified dog walker, insurance, thorough knowledge of dog behavior, pack management, canine first aid, trail etiquette and dog body language, and a marketing strategy that will enable you to win dog owners’ trust in entrusting their dogs to you.

Then there’s the danger of possible dog fights along the trail or getting to share the trail with someone who simply do not like pets, dogs especially. And when it rains, you end up with dogs soaked in mud; you need to clean them first, of course, before returning them to their owners, thus, a load of dirty towels and dog hair.

In picking up and returning the dogs to their owners, a dog walker usually drives a car or takes a cab; with the dogs loose inside the vehicle, this can be risky and even result to a car crash or a traffic accident.

Well, what job is completely safe anyway? The only hope is that, if you really love your job, then you’ll do all things to accomplish it with quality and care. Make sure you do your job, whatever it is, just that way.

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