I was shocked when I found out that some people actually pay to walk their dogs.
I thought to myself, “What better way is there to make money while spending time with pups?”
Here’s the deal: I tried some of the most popular dog walking apps.
Let me explain how they work.
What is a dog walking app?
Dog walking apps are like Uber for dogs. Dog lovers can sign up as dog walkers and get paid to take a quick walk or a long romp in the park.
When it comes to job requirements, it’s best to have at least some experience with dogs. Most services do some background checking with their walkers. You also have to provide a name, a photo, and a tagline.
In my opinion, dog-walking apps are worth it if you are a student or looking to earn money on the side. But if you’re trying to make a living by walking dogs, you would have to build your own pet sitting business.
Rover is the most popular dog walking app: it is available in 10,000+ cities and boasts over 85,000 pet sitters.
Here’s why dog lovers use this app: you can set your own hours and your own pricing. Some people earn as much as $25 an hour walking dogs on Rover. The app is also user-friendly and comes with a liability insurance package.
You can also make money on Rover by pet sitting.
To get this job, you must:
- Pass an enhanced background check.
- Be at least 18 years old.
You might also need to follow an ongoing pet care education and pass the Rover walker certification.
Wag! is one of the most popular dog-walking platforms.
You can make money by strolling with someone else’s dog for 20, 30, or 60 minutes.
In the meantime, Wag! tracks your GPS coordinates, so the owner can see where you’re walking their dog. Once you’re done with the job, you fill in a pup report with information on the walk time, distance, and poop update.
Taking a stroll with a dog is a responsibility to be taken seriously.
That’s why Wag! offers free dog training!
Once you get your certification, they will reward you with liability insurance. Now, you don’t have to worry that the dog you care for is hurt or causes an injury.
BarklyPets is an app designed for independent local dog walkers across the country to grow their businesses.
The two advantages of this platform are:
Keep what you earn: Instead of taking a commission, Barkly charges a flat rate membership fee of $8.50 to walkers who earn over $100 a month. If a walker earns less than $100 in a given month, the app is completely free to use!
- Manage your business: You can access the marketing tools and advanced technology you need to run your business.
PettSitter.com is a job platform specifically catered to dog walkers who are looking for work.
Here’s how it works: PetSitters.com allows you to contact families and businesses who want to hire someone to walk their dog.
By signing up for PetBacker, you can earn money by taking care of dogs in your neighborhood.
When a dog owner makes a request that matches the services you offer, a notification will be sent to the app and your email. You can then negotiate your earnings based on your experience, location, and availability.
Available in over 15 countries, Care.com is the world’s largest online destination for care: child care, senior care, pet care, housekeeping, and more.
A section of their website is dedicated to dog walking jobs. Dog walkers are usually paid $14 per hour, but your earnings depend on your location and experience.
If you’re a pet lover looking for an enjoyable job, Holidog might be of interest to you.
Their dog walking service (GoWalk) can get your hired to take a dog for a walk once or twice a day while the owner is away!