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For dog-lovers looking for a little supplementary income, or perhaps just a great way to get some exercise and an extra handful of walking around cash, dog walking can not only serve as a hobby but a job. And, considering unemployment figures over the past few years, any work is hard to come by.

Though dog walking may not provide a comfortably liveable income, for students, individuals who work during non-daylight hours, families or those with a partner earning the lions-share, it can be a great way to make some extra money. Of course, getting started can be tricky, if you don’t know any dogs besides your own.

The following steps should have you well on your way:

  1. Self-assessment

Do you feel in control dogs of all sizes? Can you handle a larger posse of dogs at once or are you only able to walk one or two dogs at a time? You will need to figure out the answers to these types of questions before you find yourself in over your head, with dogs walking you rather than the other way around.


  1. Get supplies

The one or two leashes you have for your own dog will not suffice if you intend on walking more than one dog. Not to mention, it’s best to have a few backups on hand in case your go-to leash is lost or misplaced, in order to ensure you won’t lose any business or sour client relations with a missed appointment. A stockpile of various treats can also be a dog walker’s best friend.


  1. Network

Be on the lookout for families to help or dog-centric groups you can join or attend with your pup, as this can be a great way to get to know fellow dog owners, if you don’t already. If you live in an apartment complex or residential community, check with the office to see if they know of any residents in need of dog walking services. Putting up fliers in your local dog park and surrounding area certainly never hurts either.


Get walking!

Dog walking is great exercise for both dogs and dog lovers, however for new owners it can be a challenge, particularly if your dog is a larger breed. For smaller framed individuals with plus size pups, it can be tough to maintain effective control in the event the dog sees something he or she desperately wants to see.

You want to walk your dog in a manner that is safe for you, your dog and other people/animals you might pass along the way, whether simply going out for a jog in your neighborhood or making your way down to Marine Park.

Use a fixed leash

Extendable leashes may seem like a bright idea, making it easier for owners to let dogs roam at will, but if control is your central concern, be advised a fixed leash is a much more secure option.

Extendable leashes place inertia in your dog’s favor, as it will be much tougher to navigate your dog once it has a running start. Furthermore, for owners who maybe lapse in attention from time to time, an extendable leash allows a dog to be in full motion up to the point where the leash ends, giving the dog walker little notice before the leash is ripped from his or her unsuspecting hands.

Stay in front of your dog

This is an easy mistake many newbies make as it’s easy to let an excited dog lead the way during his exercise time, but remember dogs are by nature pack animals. Letting your dog play leader will instinctively give it the impression that it’s now in charge, making it less likely to bend to your will, even in instances you are looking out for its safety.

Bring treats

A little reward for walking the right way is never a bad thing, and positive reinforcement of good behavior has been an effective training technique since the beginning of man’s best friendship. Treats may no longer be necessary once solid walking habits are established, however at the onset, new walkers should have a trick or two up their sleeve.

On the leash or off the leash

Dogs and parks go together like peanut butter and jelly. Dog owners in urban areas are quick to find a park or two that they and their dog can enjoy. One of the best ways to ensure enjoyment of a dog-friendly park is to make certain that you are obeying all rules and regulations regarding dogs.

This means that you should never take your dog to the park unless all vaccinations are in order, you should refrain from bringing dogs that are known to be aggressive with people or other animals, and you must obey all leash laws that are applicable to the particular park you are visiting.

Marine Park - NYC

Marine Park has four areas that have rules particularly pertaining to dogs. Most areas of the park are labeled as being permissible for dogs that are on or off leash.

You must have control over your dog at all times, the dog must have a current license, and you must carry proof of rabies vaccination with you. Areas such as the ball fields, Natural Areas, and playgrounds do not allow dogs at all, either on or off leash.

As always, you should be certain that your dog has been properly socialized to other dogs and children before allowing them to romp about off leash at any dog friendly park.

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