Book Review: The Business of Dog Walking

By Veronica Boutelle (Dogwise Publishing)
Reviewed by Chloe Conrad, January 2014, Updated June 2021

Ever think you might want to consider a career move? One that would take you out of an office setting and, even better, reward you for spending time with many dogs in the great outdoors? Professional dog walking might just be your next calling. In this informative new book by Veronica Boutelle, author of two other dog-business books and co-creator of the Dog Walking Academy, you’ll find a wealth of information to help you get started.

There is a thorough examination of not only what it takes but also, what to expect if you decide to venture into this business. Chapters cover topics such as pack management (with a cautionary note that it is always best to keep it small), client intake, marketing and emergency planning. The author, who seems to have covered all the bases, also includes a helpful “to-do list” for legalities and liabilities.

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Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 76: Winter 2013

Chloe Conrad is a freelance writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area.