8 Dog Walking Business Success Stories [2023]

Updated: November 19th, 2023
Start A Dog Walking Business

Do you love dogs? If yes, you can turn your love for animals into a lucrative side hustle that can help you pay extra toward your mortgage, save for a vacation, or even clear that student loan.

If you offer dog walking services as a side hustle, you could earn an average income of between $10,000 and $30,000 per year. As a dog walker, sitter or boarder, you offer your services to dog owners looking for a caregiver for their puppy. Register on a legitimate dog-walking app and create a compelling profile to get started.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a dog walking business:

1. Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC ($648K/year)

Melodi Landi started Furry Fellas Pet Service in 2006 after seeing a need for reliable in-home pet care in the Rhode Island community. As a pre-vet student working at a local veterinary hospital, she discovered that many pet owners were unable to travel because they didn't have a trusted person to care for their pets. After receiving recommendations from veterinarians and techs, Melodi started the business, which now employs 42 individuals and has been voted as one of the top 3 pet sitting/dog walking companies in the area for 8 years in a row.

How much they make: $648K/year
Where they're located: Bristol, TN, USA
How much did it cost to start: $500
Current team size: 19

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How I Started A $54K/Month Pet Sitting And Dog Walking Business

Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC is a successful pet sitting and dog walking business that brings in over half a million dollars in sales per year, boasts 3,500-4,000 social media followers, employs 42 individuals and has been voted in the top 3 pet sitting/dog walking companies in the RI/MA area for eight years in a row.

About
Melodi started Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC over 17 years ago
Revenue
Melodi grew the business to $54K/month
Costs
It cost Melodi $500 to start the business

2. Hands N Paws ($96K/year)

Benny stumbled upon the idea for his in-home pet sitting and dog walking company when he accidentally signed up as a pet sitter on Rover.com. After realizing the potential in the pet care industry, Benny set out to create the next McDonald's of in-home pet care and has been working tirelessly to systematize and grow his business ever since.

How much they make: $96K/year
Where they're located: Columbus, OH, USA
How much did it cost to start: $1K
Current team size: 4

How I Started A $8K/Month In-Home Pet Care Service

A technician-turned-CEO built an in-home pet care enterprise that generates $8k per month by documenting business operations and empowering employees, inspired by the successes of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc and researcher BrenΓ© Brown's work on vulnerability and empathy in the workplace.

About
Benny started Hands N Paws over 5 years ago
Revenue
Benny grew the business to $8K/month
Costs
It cost Benny $1000 to start the business

So... can you actually make money with a dog walking business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

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  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
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5. Time To Pet

Time To Pet is pet sitting software for pet sitting and dog walking companies. We help pet care businesses start, grow and manage their companies with tools like scheduling, invoicing, payments, mobile apps, GPS, visit report cards and more.

  • Website traffic: 840K/month
  • Business rank: #85.2K

Check out their full website ➜

So... can you actually make money with a dog walking business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

7. Spotwalk Blog

  • Business rank: #223K

Check out their full website ➜

8. Home Dog Boarding, Pet Sitting, Dog Walking App

Pet Service App to instantly book a 5 star pet sitter or dog walker near you for dog boarding, walking, cat sitting or doggy daycare. More affordable than most pet hotel or pet stores.

  • Website traffic: 290K/month
  • Business rank: #251K

Check out their full website ➜

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story
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