Day in the life of
Dog Walker – Kristina Hampton, CPDT-KA
I was a dog walker in Vancouver for a year before I became a dog trainer and then a dog training business owner. I often miss the walking days!
I walked 3-4 days a week, usually for around 5 hours a day. It was physically demanding, with a route of up to 30km on longer days! I lost a lot of weight rapidly when I began. On bad days, you’d be drenched in sleet or winter rain with four badly behaved dogs pulling you every which way. On good days, you’d be at a dog beach on a perfect spring morning, watching your favorite Aussie flying around to fetch a ball before leaping back to you, slobbering all over your face. I developed a love of walking, and would often walk long distances to get to appointments even on my days off. My mental health improved, as did my strength.
The primary responsibility of a dog walker is to walk dogs. They will have different clients who have varying needs. Some clients may work full time and need a dog walker five days a week, and others might need a dog walker temporarily while they are out of town. Dog walkers need to have excellent time-management skills to schedule their clients throughout the day and arrive on time.