We surveyed 1,985 dog walkers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical dog walker. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a dog walker?

Low

High

Working as a dog walker typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that dog walkers are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a dog walker?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a dog walker typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a dog walker?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a dog walker.

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Do dog walkers work full-time or part-time?

20% of dog walkers work in full-time roles while 80% work part-time.

Is being organized important as a dog walker?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a dog walker.

How competitive is the workplace for dog walkers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for dog walkers.

Are dog walkers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Dog walkers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do dog walkers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally dog walkers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a dog walker physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a dog walker requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are dog walkers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Dog walkers tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a dog walker require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a dog walker.

Does being a good dog walker require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a dog walker.