What: Animal care, dog walking/pet sitting

Expected pay: $12 – $18 per hour

Husl $core: $$$SS

Commission: 40%

Requirements:

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

Review: Word on the street is that 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. Again, not to compare too unfavorably, but one of the concepts with competitor Rover is that you’re encouraged to meet the pet you’ll be watching in advance — and potentially introduce them to your own animals 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 to $18 listed above is the net pay, after Wag’s commission, according to a company representative and that’s decent pay for a reasonably low-stress job. 

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

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. In my opinion: 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.”

“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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