how much does it cost to start a dog walking business

Understanding the costs of starting a dog-walking business.

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How much does it cost to start a dog-walking business?

You can choose to skip some items but there are some essentials to running a proper and safe dog-walking business.

First of all, you should never walk someone else’s dog without having pet insurance. Pet insurance should cost a new dog walker just starting, under $300 the first year.

You’ll want to print up some business cards with your contact information. You can get a few hundred cards for under $100.

You’ll want to buy some dog walking equipment like leashes, waste bags, and some of the popular equipment dogs wear. That will cost you around $100.

You definitely want to invest in good dog behavior books and maybe some online courses. These will cost you another $300-$400.

Use our calculator below to get a better sense of what you’ll spend to start your dog-walking business.