My day is filled with dog poop, loads of licks and a whole lot of walking and driving and some more dog poop. When I get back home, my mouth sometimes feels dry because of all the whistling that I had been doing all day long. My hands feel sore from trying to get a hang of all the dogs who want to run around like a free spirit when out in the park. Often times, I need to use my instincts and work proactively to prevent a hissing and barking competition which may start up between two dogs if they are kept around each other for a little longer. Who am I? I am a professional Orlando dog walker. To an outsider, it may look like a job filled with leisurely walks, but someone who is associated with this job would strongly disagree to this myth.
What Is The Routine Usually Like?
The day starts off with me getting into my car ready to do lots of dog walks around Orlando. I always have my dog walks organized in a detailed schedule so I know where my first dog walk is located. All dog walks are rarely close together so my travel time is kept to a minimum but I do still spend lots of time driving around Orlando in order to get to each walk.
What Is The Toughest Part Of The Job?
Walking the dogs and making them follow me is tougher than it sounds. When out on the road, the dogs just want to walk around freely. Keeping them in control and follow the orders is rather difficult. Most of the times, I come across an amateur Orlando dog walker in the field who is running after the dogs and making the few common mistakes which a professional would definitely know about.
What Type Of Mistakes?
There are many so to speak. For example, I, for one, do not allow my dogs to mingle with strangers. The person might, at first be interested in playing with the dogs but not everyone can handle a bountiful of them falling on us and jumping excitedly as they lick away our faces in joy. This might make them a little scared. So I try to put them off and disregard any interest a stranger might show in the dogs I’m walking. After all, taking care of them is my responsibility.
Being an Orlando dog walker I can safely say that it is a hectic job and a stressful one as well. There are times when I get home pretty late because of the number of dogs I have to adjust in my schedule. But despite it all, it has its rewards which outweigh all the stress and the frustration I feel in the job.