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What To Do When a Dog Doesn’t Come When Called

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Few things are more frustrating, and potentially frightening, than a dog who doesn’t come when called. And as all but those of us with the thickest skin have experienced, it can also be a bit embarrassing. You call. Heads turn. The dog runs in the other direction. We’ve all been there, but it needn’t—and shouldn’t—be...
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Size Doesn’t Have to Matter: How To Compete With Online Dog Walking Services

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We’ve been hearing a lot of concerns about the continued growth of online on-demand dog walking services among our Dog Walking Academy graduates and business consulting clients. These concerns include worries about the physical safety and emotional well being of dogs whose guardians choose these services, as well as worries about the impact they may...
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Size Matters: Protecting All Dogs with the 50 Percent Rule

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Adapted from The Business of Dog Walking: How To Make a Living Doing What You Love, written by Veronica Boutelle of dogbiz and published by Dogwise. Sometimes size does matter. While it’s always charming to see a Great Dane and a Chihuahua make friends, or a Mastiff and Pomeranian find common ground to play, the reality is...
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Tips for Safe, Stress-Free Travel Time for Dog Walkers

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Excerpted and adapted from The Business of Dog Walking: How To Make a Living Doing What You Love Driving is stressful enough these days as it is. Add a dog—or a small group of them—and it’s no surprise that the transportation portion of the workday is no dog walker’s favorite part. To begin with, there’s...
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Managing Your Dog Walks

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This article is an edited excerpt from The Business of Dog Walking: How To Make a Living Doing What You Love by Veronica Boutelle Whether you’re walking single dogs or groups, on or off leash, how you manage your charges matters. Walk management is about keeping the dogs, yourself, and others safe, about liability protection,...
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Managing Your Schedule

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Despite all of mankind’s advancements we’ve still not found a way to add hours to the day, be two places at once, or stop time to get a few more things done. Most small business owners long for these breakthroughs. But as they don’t appear imminent, here are some non-science fiction approaches to lengthen your...
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Predicting, Preventing, & Proactively Avoiding Dog Fights

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Honest-to-goodness dog fights that result in real damage are remarkably infrequent. This is mostly due to the ritualized body language dogs use to avoid conflict. Conflict is expensive, evolutionarily speaking. Why waste precious energy reserves on actions that can result in injuries, possibly death? Scuffles among dogs, however, are common. Scuffles are the less-serious spats...
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Danger! Dominance Theory!

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By guest author Pat Miller, owner of Peaceable Paws and author of Beware Of The Dog and The Power of Positive Training Why Every Mention of "Alpha Dogs" or "Dominant Dogs" is Dangerous to All Dogs The alpha myth is everywhere. Google “alpha, dog” on the Internet and you get more than 16 million hits....
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Spring Cleaning Your Dog Walking Business

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In the natural world spring is a time of renewal, of fresh starts, of green growth. Just as mother nature makes a new start of things each year, it’s good business practice to do the same. We encourage our dogbiz business consulting clients and Dog Walking Academy grads to carve out a little downtime each...
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No More Pulling

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By Alexis Davison, Australia Dog Walking Academy Instructor and owner of Scholars in Collars Walking dogs, whether our own or our clients’, is one of the great pleasures in life. It’s such a joy to spend time with them doing things they enjoy—walking, running, interacting with their environment, and taking in all those smells! But...
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Canine Communication for Dog Walkers

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By Doug Duncan, Portland, OR Dog Walking Academy instructor and owner of Doggy Business As dog walkers, we gather our dogs together for fun adventures every day. Most of the time the dogs look forward to these daily outings, though conflicts do occur from time to time. Conflict between dogs is normal, just like conflict between people,...
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Dog Walking Policies That Work

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We’ve all heard the “customer is always right” adage. But too often dog walkers take the idea a little too far, often bending over backwards for clients to the breaking point. Offering good customer service doesn’t mean making compromises on your services and policies—or letting clients dictate them. Making too many concessions means putting the...
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Making Behavior a Win-Win

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By Erin Moore, Vancouver BC Canada Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Pawsitive Connection Dog Training It’s easy to forget that dogs operate in very simple ways: Does it work for me? Does it not work for me? Is it safe? Is it dangerous? Unfortunately, what works for dogs often is not what works...
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Staying Current in a World of Social Media Surplus

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By guest author Kellyann Conway, former president, Association of Professional Dog Trainers Social media seems to be everywhere driving everything these days – but of course it isn’t really everything. You’ve got plenty else to do to run your business, including the still centrally-important on-the-ground marketing in your local community, and of course taking care...
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Joyful Work: Mental Health Days

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By Erin Moore, Vancouver BC Canada Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Pawsitive Connection Dog Training About five years ago, I experienced a serious case of burnout. After six months of feeling stressed, exhausted, and short-tempered, I wondered if there might be something physically wrong with me. When I finally found the time and...
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