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Dog walking advice

 
 
Reply Fri 1 Sep, 2017 05:30 pm
My little 13 year old sister Rosie and her friend Mia are wanting to start a dog walking business in our neighbour hood. As it's getting cold and they're two prefects in year 8, middle school they want to get up earlier, get fitter and help people. They're both very sensible and are good with dogs (Mia has two german shepherds), but are worried about whether people will let them walk their dogs. They want to also then expand it to grooming as well. I think we could use some advice of the whole situation please!! Thanks!!
 
jespah
 
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Reply Fri 1 Sep, 2017 05:39 pm
@doglovergymnast13,
Adults might understandably see them as incapable of handling large dogs if they are particularly short girls. That may not seem fair, but no one wants their dog to get loose or for Rosie and Mia to get hurt.

One thing they might do is try to just work with people with smaller dogs. Another idea might be to actually demonstrate to potential customers that they can handle the bigger dogs.
seac
 
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Reply Fri 1 Sep, 2017 07:24 pm
@doglovergymnast13,
Dog walking can be risky if the handler cannot deal with the dog getting loose. I used to walk my dobermans and there were times that they refused to go in a certain direction. They would pull till the collars came off, or would lie flat on the sidewalk. When they got free, they ran like the wind and there is no catching up to them. But they would come back when I waved my arms up in the air. If it was someone else, maybe not.
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Fri 1 Sep, 2017 07:40 pm
@seac,
Dogs vary, including among dobermans.
My business partner's sister raised dobies, I think in alaska or close.
My business partner had two dobies (first I knew of them, different situations.)

The first dobie was one she rescued when he was thrown off a truck on a southern california highway. She pulled off, scraped him up, and paid for his hip replacement surgery and likely more. The dog loved her, not so much loving the rest of us, but no bad stuff happened.

More dobie stories later. Pacco's best friend was a doberman.
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Fri 1 Sep, 2017 08:02 pm
@ossobucotemp,
My memory, perhaps faulty, was the that the dobies from family place were not rated as fierce enough.

I suppose there is a world abounding these matters. Don't trust me, those are old memories.
seac
 
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Reply Sat 2 Sep, 2017 12:19 am
@ossobucotemp,
I loved all my dobermans. Never wanted them to be fierce. They were on the timid side and did some things that I thought were hilarious. Up to a couple of years in age they destroyed my sister's Dodge Neon by piling up on the roof of the car causing it to crater. Then they tore up all the upholstery leaving nothing but the seat springs in the car. This was all in one day. Sometimes our lunch would disappear and empty paper plates would be blowing around the yard. The dogs would all be hiding out of guilt. Seven dogs at our baseyard. The dogs I took home behaved superbly , but I could handle only two at a time.
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doglovergymnast13
 
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Reply Sat 2 Sep, 2017 07:12 am
@jespah,
Thanks, they found that very helpful and are just trying small and medium dogs to get used to it Smile
jespah
 
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Reply Sat 2 Sep, 2017 09:42 am
@doglovergymnast13,
Good luck to them on their business venture! Smile
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