Walk Your Dog Month on January, 2022: How often should a dog be walked?
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I have walked my dog two or three times a day. At least half an hour each time since he was 5 months old, he is now 1 year old. However, it will largely depend upon the breed, some large breeds require longer walks than smaller breeds, this is what you need to be looking at.
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Dog walking 101: You are the master. In your stance and in every thing that happens from the time you put the leash on, you are the master. If you feel this in your mind, your body will follow through.
The dogs need to be on a choke collar. You need to learn how to properly use one so you don't hurt the dogs. If when put on properly you will tug and release the lead and the collar will do the same, tighten for a brief second and then fall away from the neck of the dog. You will start with baby steps.
Put the dog by your left side (or right depending on how the collar was put on) and take 3 steps and stop. Wait and repeat. Then run with the dog a few feet and stop. Turn around 3 steps stop and turn and repeat. By turning your dog is turning, this is showing her your are making the decisions, she will pay attention because too much is happening with all the changing and stopping for her not to pay attention. It will take her interest. She will think this is a game but it will be a learning experience. She will learn that you are in charge of the walk, not her. You can have a special treat in your pocket because as part of the walk you will do the sit, stay, down commands which reminds her again who is in charge. Take it slow, increase this regiment each day. The running too will be something she will be interested in and it's also something you decided. Don't for one min. let her decide again, if she tries to go infront of you, give a tug, turn around and get her back into position.
Good luck and be patient. It took me 2 months before my dog got it.
With the choke collar, it's only used to correct. IF she starts to walk out in front too far, a little command word, heal - a tug and release and she will associate her movement back next to you and the word heal, eventually she will just do it when you tell her to heal. Also eventually, the slightest sound of the choke chain moving will indicate to her that a correction is coming and she will figure out ahead of time what you want and the correction will not be needed. They hear that chain moving and they will know.
IT's not too late for the other dogs either. Use treats (only special for the walk something you never gave before) to get her to look at you on the walk, keep their mind active so they don't start to stray away from the regiment and put the treat right near your eye and she will be looking at it. Associate this motion with the word "Watch" and so when a distraction is ahead of you, you can ask her to watch you, when she does, give her the treat. This way the walk is more than a walk, it's a mental exercise fun for you young and active dog.
The price range is perfect. =]
I would actually charge a bit higher; maybe $5 for small dogs, and around $7-$10 for a larger dog. Or you may even want to charge depending on weight.
Walking a Great Dane is much different than walking a Husky, and they're both big dogs.
Also; an hour is a very long time. Some dogs cannot make it an hour, being that they are old... sickly... or a small breed. Walking them an hour is too much on their bodies. What I would do is charge $5-$10 not per hour, but for each walk. You may even impress potential clients by saying each dog needs different lenghts of exercise time, and that a specific time for one dog might not be the same for the next.
Charge on a nice, good, healthy walk.
I'm not sure on where you live and what parks you have, but if the dog park requires you to pay to enter, let them know about this. Also... if there is a free, community park nearby ask them if they would like their dogs to associate there. Do not charge to take them to a free park; only one that requires money.
If you were going to spend money out of your pocket to go to a park, its not a good idea. It could loose you a lot of money. Ask the owners if they would like their dogs to enjoy the park for some fetch, relaxation, or one of their favorite games. If they wish not, don't go against their wishes. If they say yes tell them how much the park is, and ask if they have any of the dog's favorite toys. If they have no toys; use a tennis ball or a cheap Frisbee. You shouldn't need to spend a lot of money on toys. If they do have toys; be sure to use only the toys they provide. There could be a reason behind it.
To prepare for your dog walking business, I suggest you have the following:
-Extra collars, leashes, harnesses and walking supplies. Borrow some from friends or family, because purchasing them may be expensive. A lot of dogs actually don't wear collars and some owners may not have leashes. Ask ahead of time. Dogs may also have breathing problems or may not be leash trained, where using a collar can choke them (my dog is like this.) In this case, use a harness.
-A water dish. Bring a rubber dish, or one made out of soft material that can be folded and stored in a bag. If you cannot do this, simply use one of your mom's tupperware containers. They work just as well. Every 15 minutes or so(depending on the dog), stop and give the dog a break with a bit of water. If he drinks, give him more. If he doesn't, dump it out and continue walking. Have a small towel handy to dry the bowl and put away.
Before you walk each dog, ask the client the following questions:
-How many dogs there are
-Size/breed of dogs
-If they have their own harness/leash/collar
-Best time to walk
-How many times a week to walk
-Cell phone/work number incase of emergency
-Any problems the dog has that could interfere with walking
-If they would like you to take them to a local dog park/regular park (remind them that this is an extra expense IF the park requires admission)
-Ask if there are any toys they would like you to bring for the dog park
-Ask about the behavior of the dog (very important)
The more info you get, the better time you and the dogs will have!
Make sure you advertise a LOT. Do not give up if a week or two has gone by and nobody has called. It can take months for you to get a good amount of clients, so never get discouraged.
Before you head out on each walk, be sure to have the following:
-A bag/large purse to keep everything in
-A cell phone or extra money to use a pay phone in case of emergency
-All the owner's numbers, labeled (ex. Home Phone, Cell Phone, Work Phone...)
-Extra leash and collar, JUST in case
-Harness if the dog gets out of hand or is harming himself
-A water dish
-A small hand towel
-Treats (optional; but use if you want to start leash training untrained pooches, or teaching them to heel. Clients will be VERY impressed)
-Bottles of water for you and the dog. Its always good to bring an extra few, just in case water fountains taste bad, aren't working, or aren't cold enough
Good luck with your dog walking business! I did it 2 years ago when I was 12, and it was loads of fun.