What: Wag connects dog-walkers with people who need animal care, but takes a big percentage of your earnings. 

Expected pay: $12 – $21 per hour

Husl $core: $$$

Commission: 40%

Requirements:

  • must be 18 or older
  • an iPhone or Android;
  • experience with dogs;
  • be in good shape
  • and have transportation to get to clients

Review:

Where Rover has cornered the market for dog boarding, Wag is the big player in the dog-walk market. That’s a bit of a shame since Wag takes such a big bite out of worker earnings — a whopping 40% compared with Rover’s 20%.

Dog walkers also complain that they’re given very little information about the pets they’re picking up in advance, which has led some to be unpleasantly surprised by a dog’s aggression. Competitor, Rover, encourages meet-and-greets between pet-owners/pets and sitters in advance — ideally in a neutral setting, like a park. 

Moreover, walkers complain that Wag gives out coupons that reduce walker earnings and is poor about providing walker support. That said, the $12 listed above is the net pay for each half-hour walk with one dog, after Wag’s commission, and that’s decent pay for a reasonably low-stress job. (We called that hourly pay in our thumbnail because it’s unlikely that you’d be able to do two walks in an hour, when you factor in commute time.) You get paid more if the client books an hour-long walk or a walk for multiple dogs.

Rover also offers dog walking services, as well as dog-sitting, and they charge workers a smaller percentage of their earnings, so you may want to register there too. 

What their walkers say:

“I have been working at Wag! part-time (Less than a year) My take: working with many dog breeds and personalities is fun! You can set your own schedule, including early morning and late night walks; Some owners tip very well (I have a few clients who tip 50% on a $12 walk). If you wear Wag gear and put a Wag bandana on the client’s dog you get a $1 advertising bonus per walk; dog sitting/boarding is worthwhile in terms of payment….But, the app does not give you enough info on the dog(s) before you accept a walk.

Wag takes 40% of what the owner pays (major downside!). If you aren’t on your phone a lot, it will be hard to book walks (you have to request them quickly or they disappear); This is great as supplementary income but won’t pay the bills if you’re looking for a full-time job.  Walkers should be able to see dog size/aggression/leash behavior before accepting a walk to increase the safety of all involved. Wag should take no more than 20% of a walker’s pay and owners should be informed how much the walker actually receives so they are more likely to tip.”

“Wag, if you plan on taking 40% of the walk payout, provide more support for the walkers. You should also consider paying out more to walkers that have walked a lot. I walked my 350th dog and I was still making only 60%.

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