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    Question starting a dog walking business

    hi everyone

    my name is cathy 27 years old and im new to the site and wasnt sure where to post this topic so i thought id start one here

    i love dogs and decided i wanted to start a dog walking service in my area but not sure how to start. ive been googling and heard that its best to get pet insurance for your company before you begin. if anyone has their own dog walking business and has been through this, any tips would be of great help

    thanks in advanced!!

    -cathy

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    definately need public liability insurance, try someone like GIO. Expect to pay up to about $700 for it a year, and get at least $5 million, 10 would be better just in case.

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    thanks for the tip

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    What would you need PLI for when walking dogs? I dont understand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    What would you need PLI for when walking dogs? I dont understand...
    Umm, maybe if your walking the dogs and they attack some poor person on the street? would you be liable or the owner?? what about if your walking somebody's dog and somehow it got hurt would that be covered under PLI or something else?

    Also i don't mean to be rude (sometimes reading from a computer it can come off that way) but i would only let you walk my dog if you were able to show me proof that you have had some sort of training in dog handling, or have worked with dogs before like a certificate of completion or something so you may want to keep that in mind and the insurance thing wouldn't hurt either goodluck!
    Last edited by Kuri_89; 01-07-2012 at 11:53 PM.

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    Ahh yea good point about an attack or something.

    I alway slook at PLI from a construction/building type view where it covers liability for damage to property or injury and stuff like that....didnt really click how it might apply to dog walking but yea that is obvious now I think about it.

    Duh

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    Also, I second what Kuri said about the other stuff.

    I personally, would only let my dogs go with someone I knew was experienced and would be able to handle any issues that may arise. I owuldnt necessarily want a certificate, but I would at least expect you to be able to answer some "what would you do if..." and "what are the signs of...." questions.

    Also, have you thought about the different types of dogs you are going to get? Not every person who might want to hire a dog walker, is going to have a perfectly behaved dog. Are you prepared to put up with lead pulling, reactionary dogs and stuf like that? And do you know what kind of questions you will ask to find out these things, not all owners while be honest of course.

    At the end of the day, you dont want to bite off more than you can chew either and have to deal with a severely DA dog when you run into another dog and all hell breaks loose....do you know what I mean?

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    thanks for the tips everyone really helped out. ill keep you posted

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    Firstly Welcome........

    Also try Marsh insurance.....They are more dog related and if you want more info PM me........I have been with them.

    Another way to get intro to people is to go to an Kennel Club or Obedience School in your area with your dogs and just get to know people. People will be able to see how you are with dogs and such.
    It is quite amazing how much contact and business you get by being involved and by being seen with your own dogs. That is how we get a lot of our business. Our dogs are our example. We walk them in towns villages, we do Demo's with our Kennel Club and alone. We go to all the "dogs day out" Pet Expo's" "million Paws" and all like minded things with our dogs and that way we are seen to be around dogs.
    JUst wearing a Polo-shirt with your business on it gets people to stop and chat........And if you show you can manage dogs.... "proof"..... for a lot of people you stand a chance. After that is is by word of mouth.
    You can also do a NDTF type course, to give you some insight into dogs and there are a few others too.
    Go to lots of Dog Behaviour Seminars, so that you can put these all on your CV. I think I have been to just about every Seminar/clinic on Dog aggression/behaviour....... But it was not until I had successfully trained a few dogs out of aggression and dealt with all the aggressive dogs at the kennel Club, that I got some interest from people to start asking for help. A lot of people have "proof" (paperwork)of Training and they can talk the talk. But it is not until you see these people handling a dog as to how you the person would trust them with your dog......Talk and the written word means zilch, if once they have the lead in their hands, they cannot read the dog.

    ps there is a Ian Dunbar Seminar in February Sydney and Melbourne..........And a few others are on the horizon too
    Pets are forever

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    thanks newfsie

    how much did it cost to join marsh insurance??

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