Dog walking 2
You will need to advertise your dog walking service in the business yellow pages, local internet yellow pages, by passing out business cards, on Craigslist, word of mouth, flyers in pet shops, bulletin boards, and the internet.
Place ads on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter targeted at your local area to bring in more business. I would also have some t-shirts made with your logo, business name, phone number, and web address on them for free advertising while you are working. Make your logo and business name something that is catchy and easy to remember.
I recommend you make a business website because it will greatly help you to get clients, as well as let them see that you have a serious business. It will also allow you to show pet owners what other services you offer as well as your prices. You may even wish to market dog care books and other related products online to bring in more money. Go to our affiliate marketing page for more information.
I do not recommend the free website builders. They are usually fine for a personal site but they do not deliver the professional quality your serious business requires. Your website will be a direct reflection of you and your dog walking business, please give your customers the best image of your business that you can. Check our website design builder page for more suggestions.
Check out http://www.rascalsincla.com for site ideas. They are in the dog walking business and have a very informative website. Rascals have taken dog walking and branched out to offer services others might not have thought of.
Put pictures of yourself on your website and tell people who you are and why you started your dog walking service. Explain your love for dogs and tell about the dogs you've had. You are trying to get them to like and trust you, so be friendly and personable.
Check other dog walking services to see what pricing your area will support. Also find out what their qualifications are and what services they offer.
Make sure that all dog owners sign a liability form, which you can put into their contract if you would like, stating that they are responsible for any damage their dog does while in your care. Find out which vets they use and get permission to take the dog to them if need be. All dogs should have tags and all vaccinations before you will take the account.
Dog owners should also fill out a form telling about the medications the dog is taking, allergies, old injuries, and if they have a history of aggression. Also make sure you have phone numbers and addresses needed in case of emergency.
If you can, a much appreciated dog walking service is running with the dogs for an hour or so. Constantly keep thinking about other pet services you can offer. Be flexible. Ask you clients if there is anything else you can do for them.
Such as dog sitting or letting out dogs when they are home alone. Keep your creative juices flowing and you will find new services and do well. Most dog walking services last about 6 months to a year. Outlast your competitors and you will have a good business.
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