I am a professional dog walker. This means I do my own assessment of each dog and client, as job inquiries come to me. I only accept jobs I KNOW I can handle. I DON’T accept jobs that extend to the limits of my capabilities or schedule. This way, I can be ready for additional stressors that may happen during the course of a gig…because they WILL happen sometimes.
I understand my availability and my capabilities. I know at what rates I’m willing to work, and the hours during which I will work. I am not afraid to say “no” if a job doesn’t fit within the parameters I’ve set for my success.
I understand there are multiple ways to walk a dog, and each dog may require a different strategy or a combination thereof. I understand how to use different types of equipment, and I understand dog walking is not a matter of leverage. It doesn’t matter how well the dog is or is not trained. I. Control. Each. Walk.
I do not put my body or my well being at risk to chase $20s.
I do not take unnecessary risks; I am proactive, not reactive.
I don’t know everything, and I understand there is always something new to be learned.
Lather, Rinse, and Repeat.