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Teen Dog walking Job?

Teen Dog walking Job? Topic: Carolina research services
June 26, 2019 / By Hezekiah
Question: Hey y'all my name is Misty and I'm 14. I'm tired of my parents always having to buy me everything and never having my own money. It's such a pain. I really would like to just become a little more independent by making my own money. I'm in Mexico right now, but I live in North Carolina. When I get home I want to start my ow Dog Walking/Pet Sitting Business. How can I get started? First off to tell you, I live in a rich, packed neighborhood. I decided on this job because EVERYONE has dogs. (and other pets) So I think I would get good business. Butt I have alot of questions and I'm nervous that it might not turn out well. I an very determined when I need to do something, I am responsible, and I really love animals. So did some research and created some accurate rates. Please tell me if they are too high/low. IMM Pet Services Overnight Pet Sitting 1 dog Per Night-$20 2 dogs Per Night-$30 3 dogs Per Night-$40 4+ dogs Per Night-$50+ Dog Walking 30 Minutes-$15 1 hour-$25 2 hours-$30 Pet Check Ins (After 3:00 only) Food Refill+Bathroom Break-$10 Babysitting-$5 an hour (plus 2 per dog) Grooming: Baths: Shampoo, Conditioner, Spray, Hair Brushing Small: $8 Medium: $12 Large: $16 Thank you! I also have some questions. I have school from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Will this get in the way alot? Do you thin this is too muc for a 14 year old to handle? Would you let a responsible 14 year old wal your dog? What should I call my business? If I do get good business how much do you think I would make monthly? I'm saving up to buy a $1400 MacBook Air. How long do you think it will take me if I get good business? How should I get noticed? Flyers I mailboxes? Should I give them my personal cell phone number to call or house phone? Since it's neighborhood wide and my neighborhood is huge should ask my mom to drove me to get peoples dogs or should I ride my electric scooter? Thank you so much!!
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Ellis Ellis | 8 days ago
You have to realize you are not a Teen and people are not going to pay you what they would a actual dog boarding business. Here are my suggestions: Overnight Sitting, don't do it, you don't have the time or the flexibility for this. You cannot keep a dog overnight and then leave it unattended while you are at school, if anything do it on a weekend. and charge $15 a night for one dog and do not care for more than two dogs a night, because you are not trained to deal with aggressive animals, and animals can become aggressive with other animals they don't know. Dog Walking: I would suggest you do about $10/hr You are way too young and have no experience to try to be asking $25 Dollars an Hour. No dog walker gets payed that. (That i know of) Check Ins, some people could benefit from this, except they would probably look for someone who can do this while they are at work not to do it as they get out, so again i would advise against this. Dog Washing, Do $10/hr and to wash, dry, and brush will take you about an hour so i suggest you charge a flat fee of $10 per dog no matter the size. School will get in the way a lot, as it should be your main priority. I would not personally allow a stranger walk my dog but maybe doing it free once and show their owner the pet likes you. If you do good, and can walk 2 pets per night, wash 2 pets on the weekend, and sit 2 pets on the weekend also you can make (with my suggestions) maybe $600 a month, this is a lot for someone your age. and you can have a mac book in as little as 3 months. to get noticed, flyers. you cannot put things in mailboxes. this is illegal. Give your cell phone number, that way they can leave a message for you, rather than your parents. Make sure you dont have a silly voicemail, as many teens do. As to picking up the pet, if you are in walking distance, walk. If not ask for a ride. Most people, especially with multiple pets may want you to over night pet sit at their home. Keep that in mind. Hope that helps!
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Ellis Originally Answered: Teen Dog walking Job?
You have to realize you are not a Teen and people are not going to pay you what they would a actual dog boarding business. Here are my suggestions: Overnight Sitting, don't do it, you don't have the time or the flexibility for this. You cannot keep a dog overnight and then leave it unattended while you are at school, if anything do it on a weekend. and charge $15 a night for one dog and do not care for more than two dogs a night, because you are not trained to deal with aggressive animals, and animals can become aggressive with other animals they don't know. Dog Walking: I would suggest you do about $10/hr You are way too young and have no experience to try to be asking $25 Dollars an Hour. No dog walker gets payed that. (That i know of) Check Ins, some people could benefit from this, except they would probably look for someone who can do this while they are at work not to do it as they get out, so again i would advise against this. Dog Washing, Do $10/hr and to wash, dry, and brush will take you about an hour so i suggest you charge a flat fee of $10 per dog no matter the size. School will get in the way a lot, as it should be your main priority. I would not personally allow a stranger walk my dog but maybe doing it free once and show their owner the pet likes you. If you do good, and can walk 2 pets per night, wash 2 pets on the weekend, and sit 2 pets on the weekend also you can make (with my suggestions) maybe $600 a month, this is a lot for someone your age. and you can have a mac book in as little as 3 months. to get noticed, flyers. you cannot put things in mailboxes. this is illegal. Give your cell phone number, that way they can leave a message for you, rather than your parents. Make sure you dont have a silly voicemail, as many teens do. As to picking up the pet, if you are in walking distance, walk. If not ask for a ride. Most people, especially with multiple pets may want you to over night pet sit at their home. Keep that in mind. Hope that helps!

Chuckie Chuckie
Start off small. Ask people in your neighborhood or have dogs if they would want you to walk their dogs for whatever small fee you are asking for, make some flyers to hang around with a number you can be reached at. Do a good job doing it and when you have a few happy customers ask them to tell their friends about you. It is really something that is done by word of mouth and I am not sure it is going to be a get a bunch of money fast by doing that. You could always post an ad on craigslist about it and if anything there are always small odd jobs you can find on craigslist. One time I did a job cleaning out an apartment that the tenant had been evicted from and trashed and made a hundred and some dollars in a day. It is easy to find odd jobs if you look around and are willing to do the labor to make the money. Good Luck.
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Amitai Amitai
I am doing the same business right now. My name is Sean and im 13. Dogg sitting is mostly going to the house multiple times per day to check on the dog and feed, water, and let use the bathroom. So base your charge on that. I am doing about 5 dollars per visit 3 times a day. I based my walking on a length system. I do about 1.3 miles for 1-2 dollars per walk. Its better to do less money because people will more often take your deal. 15$ is a lot of money for half an hour. your check in planes might not work. People usually aren't so lazy about feeding their dog and giving it a bathroom break so that probably will fail. No harsh feelings. I haven't done grooming and it sounds like it will be pretty hard plus the expense of buying pet care products is going to cost. School will only get in the way for dog sitting. People with kids will only take vacations on school breaks so it will work for you, but elderly will take vacations in school and you will have to wake up early to take care of the dog. You will have good deal of money monthly if you succeed. Pet sitting for a week is about 100 dollars per pet. It is hard to manage a lot of things at a time so be prepared on a vacation if business is booming. Give them your house phone.Brochures are good. Ride your bike. Its good exercise and parents dont have that kind of time. Also try yard cleaning. its good money and doesn't take to long. It does smell but its not too bad.
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Tillie Tillie
To get started, you'll need to obtain a business license from your city/county. You will need to be bonded, in order for someone to trust a stranger with their dog, and possibly a gate/house key. You'll need to obtain a liability insurance policy to cover you, should something happen to a dog while under your care. You'll need to get references from the obedience trainer that you mentored under. You'll need to have a legal contract drawn up, for both parties to sign. You would need to have a driver's license and a car to get a dog to the vet's if an emergency should happen while the owners are away. You'll need to have the owner's of the dogs leave a permission note at their vets to allow you to take the dog in for emergency treatment. It's illegal to place junk mail in a mailbox. You'll need to place an ad in your local newspaper classifieds, and you'll also need to place an ad in your local phonebook, in the yellow pages. Once you have all of the above, call the other licensed/bonded pet sitters/walkers, and see what they charge. You cannot board dogs without proper zoning.
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Roxanne Roxanne
Hey Misty I'm a teen to I had the same problem you had. It is a great idea, I do the same thing and it's a great way to earn money! About the prices they are pretty good but for the walking you might want to lower it to $10.00, since your just starting. As for school interference It doesn't interfere if you keep it to a minimal. Good luck!
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Naomi Naomi
wouldn't use you. first walk my own dog. 2nd a minor cant enter into a legal contract. and your Business would be un insured. so if something happen i would have to pay vet bill . for your poor judgment
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Naomi Originally Answered: I am overweight & have started walking daily.?
While any pain is not "normal", in this case it's probably just your body adjusting to the new strain that you're putting on it. I went through aches and pains when I started walking too. Just pop a Motrin/Ibuprofen about an hour before you start walking. Make sure that you have a good pair of comfortable walking shoes and wear these ONLY when you are working out/walking. Do not use them for everyday casual use. Replace them after every 500 miles or so (keep track of your mileage). They may not look worn, but they tend to lose their support. You might want to try some warm up stretching exercise and cool down stretching exercises. Don't forget to warm up by walking slow for a few minutes before setting your pace and then cool down by walking slower after your walk. You didn't mention how long you've walking on a regular basis, but if the pain persists stop walking for a few days to see if that is what is causing it. Consult a doctor if it persists. PS don't be surprised if you get shin splints. You'll know it when you do. I did! They hurt but I just worked through them. Best wishes!

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