Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Low/Medium (if you’re an animal lover)

What’s What: People are willing to pay for caring, competent dog walking and pet care. If you’re a dog or cat person, you get it.

Amava Take: You’re taking a walk anyway. It’s good for you! Why not bring someone’s adorable pooch along? Or go feed and scratch a cute kitty? Whether you have pets of your own or wish you did, this is a fantastic flexible job with tailored apps to keep it local and convenient. Why should college kids have all the fun? Get your puppy fix, get outside and earn some extra lettuce (if you sign up to feed a rabbit, gerbil or hamster, extra lettuce should also be provided).

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Trustworthy animal lovers.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Use the dog’s name and gentle authority when you first walk.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Usually people want dog walking midday because they can cover mornings and evenings, but there are many variations.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Meeting so many furry friends!

How would you describe the hard parts?

Pets who seem shy or wary can be a challenge to care for at first.

Best pet name?

Martha. A cute, older mini-poodle. She really looked like a Martha.

Special Requirements Some pet care apps have vetting procedures that require references.

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Finding a Position: You can use a location-sensitive dog-walking app, there is more than one. You can also try local social networks and look for ads for pet care or dog walking.