Okay, we’re about to propose something a little crazy. We know you love dogs. But have you ever thought that your job could involve dogs? Yup, we said it. There are actual jobs out there that will pay you money to hang out and play with dogs. Keep on reading to find out how you can make your dreams a reality.
Doggie Day Care
Are you interested in spending time with healthy dogs and playing with them while you go earning some money? Then, doggie day cares might be your answer. In some cases you don’t even have to have previous experience with dogs– they’ll train you! And if you already have an experience, you might be able to start your own business or become a manager. Plus, you can bring your skills to the table! Got a knack for social media? Ask your local doggie daycare if they need help growing their online presence! Great with numbers? See if they need help with bookkeeping or accounting.
It’s important to keep in mind that working at a doggie daycare does have some responsibilities. Along with playing with dogs, you’ll have to take care of them, which means feeding, bathing, and cleaning up after them.
Dog grooming is another great way to incorporate dogs into your work life. How pawsome does it sound making dogs smell and look pretty, coiffing cocker spaniels and primping poodles? In the canine world, professional groomers are recognized as the cosmetologists of pups. They actually style dogs for the purpose of photographs, conformation, and everyday comfort.
If you really love grooming, try becoming an apprentice to an expert so you can learn about the basics of grooming. And if you’re unsure where to start, we love this book that you can grab from Amazon: Grooming Book
Dog grooming can be a really rewarding experience, especially when you get to see those happy clean pups!
Dog Walking and Dog Sitting
Want a way to earn some cash in your free time? Try dog walking or pet sitting. Both jobs have flexible hours and let you play with pets. Wag is a great app to get you started and it matches you up with locals who need someone to take their dog out for them. If you’re interested in pet sitting, try posting flyers around your neighborhood (or local Starbucks!) advertising your services. Often pet sitting involves feeding and taking care of someone else’s dog while they are out of town. This includes walking, playing, and cleaning up. Plus, you might end up having repeat customers if you do a good job.
You may work in the world of dog shows that demand a solid understanding and deep love of the sport of purebred dogs. When you become a handler, you can get paid by an owner to handle dogs at most shows. This job requires a little more expertise and training: you have to have a good understanding of different dog breeds and their requirements in shows. Handlers are also required to travel for different shows, so make sure that it’s something you’re comfortable with.
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