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    what does maccas pay? $14 an hour less tax? So you could offer $10 for 30 minutes cash? So long as it was walking distance from your place eg letter box drop your area. And given it would start out as a "hobby" the ATO wouldn't be interested in details.

    I was thinking $5 per 30 minutes but there's no way I'd get out of bed for that. I pay the lawnmower man $30 for about 20 minutes effort on his part but it includes the mowers and fuel. And that's only once every three weeks, so you need to think about what people would be prepared to pay for daily, or every couple of days. Massage therapists are around $1 per minute but they usually have overheads. I get between $35 to $50 for 1.5 hours umpiring hockey but it usually includes an hour travel so more like $35 for 2.5 hours and I pay fuel etc. But I don't pay tax on that so it buys more.

    you could also look up dog walking services in your phone book and ask them what they charge - rude I know but standard practice in business. And this would give you an idea of what you'd need to charge to make a profit especially if you had to travel to get to walk the dog (less than ideal).

    Also be aware that if you say 30 minutes - it's likely to be longer really or you could be really mercenary and include owner chat time in the 30 minutes, or very politely remind the owner that the longer you chat the less time their dog gets walking.

    You also need to decide - in conjunction with the owner - what kind of walking they expect, and what kind of treats work with that dog. Ie does the dog walk as fast as it can for the 30 minutes or is sniffing along ok.

    Anyway it's not something I'm expert in, I know my neighbour hires one from time to time for when they're on holidays. They walk the dog, empty the letterbox (and stash it in a box round the back), and feed the dog when they get back - so the dog can stay home instead of going to boarding. The price for that is about the same as boarding. I noticed most recently it looked like Grandpa came round and walked their dog instead of the professional - might have something to do with what another neighbour told them about dog not getting a full length walk. Expect people to check that you do what you say and you treat the dog well (dog must be pleased to see you).

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    I was thinking around $7 for half an hour, only to start off with. ATO?

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    Hi Boxerini

    $7 means you will have to take $3 change with you... It's an awkward number to pay, can't be done with notes only.

    ATO - Australian Tax Office. Important if you're running a business.

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    Boxerini,

    Please be aware that many ppl who hire a company to exercise their dog expect a person who has a fair deal of experience with dogs, and particularly someone who has the knowledge on how to deal with stray dogs, aggressive dogs, and other issues which you could encounter when out on the 'job.'

    Bear this in mind. I think Occy has given good advice along with others through various threads you've posted - you need to study, perhaps do a course and learn as much as you can before taking on any situation like this.

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    Rufus is gorgeous and friendly and easy going - no way would I let a neighbourhood kid walk him.

    Go to your local obed club - train your dog - tell them you want to be an instructor

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    There is no way i would get someone to walk my dog for $7 for 30 mins - I would wonder what the hell was wrong with them and are they that bad that they have to charge nothing to get work.

    I have done pet sitting/dog walking for 7 years now. At the moment I am one of the cheaper ones in town, and am looking at upping my price

    Please dont forget to get insurance if you are going to be doing anything. My insurance was just under $700 this year.

    I have done dog training, i have worked in a kennel, i have worked in rescue. I LOVED kennel work, but the boss was a total bitch and the place was going downhill fast. I now have 2 other part time jobs, and my pet sitting. I miss working with the animals full time but at least i get them with my pet sitting

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    Rightio. so maybe get experience at obedience club?

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    im doing one called equine studies this year

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    Definitely get experience at dog club. Most clubs have two sessions - you will only be training in one. But most clubs will want your dog trained to a certain level in order to give the club a positive image with members.

    Equine studies is one of the VET courses - I also think they have animal studies

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    They have equine studies?! OMG. Kassie, Beautiful pally. QH mare? I have two geldings, Both grey (ugh, So not good in red dirt), Australian Riding pony(Romeo) and andalusian (kosmo)

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