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Formal education is not required to become a dog walker, however, as with most jobs a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED is highly recommended. Secondary school courses on dog walking and animal care are available as well as the rudimentary business courses needed to set up your own successful business in this field. A lifestyle that involves caring for animals is important to help you enjoy your career and do a good job.

There are different organizations that offer programs to learn about caring for pets. Community colleges may offer certificates in animal care. These courses can cover animal psychology, feeding, training, medical issues and grooming. Earning a certificate may involve a passing grade on exams at the completion of the course. You may have to present this certificate to potential employers and clients as proof of your qualifications.

If you intend to set up your own business, you may focus on courses that offer specific skills such as business planning, how to obtain insurance, promoting your business, operating a profitable business, how to set prices and how to bill. An ambitious dog walker can also gain insight and experience by applying for a junior role at a well established and successful professional dog walking business. Here they can receive “on-the-job” training or instead may choose to volunteer at the ASPCA or other animal welfare organizations. This will provide even more skills, such as feeding animals, how to transport them safely, how to control and leash animals correctly and how to clean up after them. Entry-level positions at dog walking companies may also provide skills such as how to manage a schedule, talk to clients, promote your business and balance your budget. 

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AZ Dog Sports

AZ Dog Sports Overview All AZ Dog Sports walkers and pet sitters have completed their Certified Behavior Fundamentals and Hands-on Positive ...
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BringFido

BringFido Overview This program offers an intensive 4-day workshop leading to professional dog walking certification. Graduates come away fully equipped to ...
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Camp Care-A-Lot Pet Resorts

Camp Care-A-Lot Pet Resorts Overview At Care-A-Lot® Pet Supply, they are dedicated to fostering a superior relationship between you and your ...
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Canine Insights, LLC.

Canine Insights, LLC. Overview Group classes, private lessons and play and train dog walks are offered. They'll work with dogs, cats, ...
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Citizen Hound Dog Walking

Citizen Hound Dog Walking Overview Need your SF Commercial Dog Walker permit? Citizen Hound offers courses in SF which are required ...
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DC Dog Sitter

DC Dog Sitter Overview This training program was created to support dog owners and their pets. Dog conduct master Cesar Millan ...
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Dog Day Care

Dog Day Care Overview Ever get worn out walking your dog? Many individuals are being walked by their dog as opposed ...
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Dog Schools NY

Dog Schools NY Overview Learn how to become a certified dog trainer or a certified dog walker, and start your own ...
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Dog Squared Training and Enrichment

Dog Squared Training and Enrichment Overview Wanna Go For A Walk class centers around free leash walking for dogs four months ...
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Dog Walking Business Blackford Centre

Dog Walking Business Blackford Centre Overview The course itself has been structured by The Blackford Center to meet students' needs for ...
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