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Dog walking business advice

Discussion in 'Dog Walking' started by Saloosarah, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Saloosarah

    Saloosarah PetForums Newbie

    Sep 11, 2019
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    Good Morning,

    I am wondering if anyone can give me some advice about dog walking as a business?, I have rececently purchased a van, insurance is being sorted along with CRB check and just applied for a dog first aid course.
    Is there anything else that experienced dog walking professionals think would be useful?
    I've drafted up a contract but am aware that sometimes things do not become prevalent until you actually start the job so was wondering if anyone again who does this as a profession has any useful pointers to add to my contract information?
    I am also curious as to how people deal with a situation in which a dog is injured or becomes ill in your care, Do you have an agreement with the owner to take it to their vets or otherwise.

    Really grateful if anyone could give me some pointers on the above.
    Thanks :)
  2. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

    Aug 18, 2011
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    If a dog is very ill and I can't get hold of the owner instantly, then I take the dog to the vet. I've never had an injured dog but would do the same.
    You need to gather all veterinary information before walking a dog.
    If I am sitting with a dog while owners are away, then I always get them to inform the vet and give me permission to make decisions if they cannot be reached
  3. PPhan

    PPhan PetForums Newbie

    Oct 1, 2019
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    As Rona said, the veterinary information is very important. Some vets will not allow you to make any decisions as the pet is not yours. I have a veterinary form that I ask all clients to sign that is handed to their vet to be added to their pet's records. The form simply states that if illness or injury occurs will the pet is in my care, the owner gives permission for me to make treatment decisions (NOT EUTHANASIA).
    It is also a good idea to make sure your contract states that the owner has given you a key for the property. I assume your business insurance will have public liability. This will usually include cover for lost/damaged/stolen keys.
    Make sure you have an invoicing system in place, whether that's paper copies or through an app. You can create your own simple invoices on Word or Excel. It will help you keep track of payments etc. There are a few different software companies if you prefer paperless.
    Also, think about what your protocol is for if you are ever ill or injured. This is vital if you work alone. I ask each client what they would prefer to happen if I am ever ill, especially if you are caring for their pets while they are on holiday. Most of my clients provide the contact info for a relative or neighbour. You need to make sure you have a system in place that will ensure the pets are cared for, regardless of circumstances.
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