Are you a dog lover who would jump at the chance to spend time with more dogs? Perhaps you have another part-time job or work from home? If you're looking to get out and about (and paid) to walk your local area with a canine friend or two then dog walking is just for you.
Collect two doggie friends, usually from different homes (most dogs are paired with a play pal but we don’t do pack walking) and drive them to the local park for playtime, exercise, sniffing time and a few treats. Drop the dogs back, check them over and towel down if wet. Give the dogs some fresh water and leave a nice note for the owners or send them a text. Out again for the next dog walk...
Dog walking is a very responsible and rewarding job which requires your commitment to look after a customer's dog as if they were your own while they are in your care.
We are looking for people who are willing to:
Please fill in our short application form to get the ball rolling.
You will need to tell us which of our local branches is most suitable for you as well as detailing your previous experience with animals. It is also very helpful to us if you can state your available hours per week.
Wet weather isn’t a concern for Anabelle after some fabulously exciting work in the past as a geologist.
"Just make sure you always have a full set of waterproofs and dress for all weathers - you will get wet, but you'll soon get used to it if you're not already."
Dogs are a sure way to attract everyone’s attention, so unless you go off the beaten track every walk, you’re guaranteed to get some lovely comments and smiles from the general public.
"I was enjoying a walk with my own dog, Cassine (German Shepherd) and a regular, Ruby who’s a Rottweiler, when someone shouted from a van ‘Blimey no one’s going to mug you with those two’ – I wasn’t going to disagree, but as we only ever walk non-aggressive dogs, it was funny!"
Anabelle’s average day is around 2.5-4 hours long working for We Love Pets, so she’s able to combine it with her love for the outdoors and spending time horse riding and gardening, which probably explains why she’s more than happy being outdoors every day.
"Dog walking could be lonely if you’re not used to time on your own, but our branch managers make sure there are regular occasions to meet up socially, and you’ll also work closely with colleagues during handovers, exchanging keys and it’s inevitable you’ll bump into each other when out with the dogs".
We asked Anabelle what skills she thinks a prospective dog walker would need, other than loving pets:
"Great organisational skills, so you can arrive to your destination when expected and pass on important details between dog walkers, for periods of cover during holidays."
We are a professional and award-winning dog walking and home boarding service that looks after thousands of dogs and other pets all over the UK. We Love Pets is family-owned, and operates from friendly local teams made up of animal lovers and pet owners.
We are also an established business that has been helping owners take care of their pets for over 10 years. Our experienced teams are fully trained, insured and police checked for our customers' peace of mind.
Our ethos is always pets first and we have a strict no pack walk policy. We guarantee the safety of the pets in our care, and their walkers or carers.
Our accolades include Emerging Franchisor of the Year in 2018 by the British Franchise Association and shortlists for the Top 100 Franchises in the UK rated by Elite Franchising for the last three years consecutively.