The Two Feet Forward Blog

Business & Behavior advice from dog*tec Dog Walking Academy instructors

Managing Your Dog Walks

This article is an edited excerpt from The Business of Dog Walking: How To Make a Living Doing What You Love by Veronica Boutelle Whether you’re walking single dogs or groups, on or off leash, how … [Read more...]

Managing Your Schedule

Despite all of mankind’s advancements we’ve still not found a way to add hours to the day, be two places at once, or stop time to get a few more things done. Most small business owners long for these … [Read more...]

Emergency Prevention, Planning, & Protocols for Dog Walkers

Taking care of other people’s best friends means living with the chilling prospect of emergencies. Dog walking emergencies can come in all shapes and sizes, from a vehicle break down to a sprained … [Read more...]

Predicting, Preventing, & Proactively Avoiding Dog Fights

Honest-to-goodness dog fights that result in real damage are remarkably infrequent. This is mostly due to the ritualized body language dogs use to avoid conflict. Conflict is expensive, evolutionarily … [Read more...]

Danger! Dominance Theory!

By guest author Pat Miller, owner of Peaceable Paws and author of Beware Of The Dog and The Power of Positive Training Why Every Mention of "Alpha Dogs" or "Dominant Dogs" is Dangerous to All … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Your Dog Walking Business

In the natural world spring is a time of renewal, of fresh starts, of green growth. Just as mother nature makes a new start of things each year, it’s good business practice to do the same. We … [Read more...]

Fix Your Marketing

Running a dog walking business without proper marketing is like running an engine without oil. But running a car with the wrong kind of oil will get you into trouble, too, just as there’s no point … [Read more...]

No More Pulling

By Alexis Davison, Australia Dog Walking Academy Instructor and owner of Scholars in Collars Walking dogs, whether our own or our clients’, is one of the great pleasures in life. It’s such a joy to … [Read more...]

Balance Your Dog Walking Marketing Plan

Think of a three-legged stool. It stands—and supports your weight—only because each leg has been built to do its part; it’s perfectly balanced. Remove, or even shorten, just one leg and the stool … [Read more...]

Rules of Engagement for Great Dog Walks

By Pat Blocker, Denver, CO Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Peaceful Paws Dog Training Imagine a parallel universe where dogs are as compelled to respond to their person as humans are to … [Read more...]

See It, Reward It, Enjoy It

By Erin Moore, Vancouver BC Canada Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Pawsitive Connection Dog Training Boone sneezes on cue. It's adorable. It's funny. It's fun. It's mostly useless, but … [Read more...]

Maximizing Client Referrals

By Veronica Boutelle, dog*tec and Dog Walking Academy founder and Kimberly Burgan, Austin, TX Dog Walking Academy Instructor and dog*tec Business Consultant A referral is worth a thousand words—and … [Read more...]

Are you Missing Out on Allowable Tax Deductions?

By guest author Marie Poliseno, CPA and managing partner of Dollars & Scents Accounting Services Too often, self-employed professional dog walkers find themselves owing taxes at the end of the … [Read more...]

Canine Communication for Dog Walkers

By Doug Duncan, Portland, OR Dog Walking Academy instructor and owner of Doggy Business As dog walkers, we gather our dogs together for fun adventures every day. Most of the time the dogs look … [Read more...]

Dog Walkers, Meet Dog Trainers—It Could Be a Match Made in Heaven

By Nan Arthur, San Diego and Ventura, CA Dog Walking Academy instructor and owner of Whole Dog Training As a dog trainer, I can attest that many trainers and behavior experts wish there were some … [Read more...]

What Every Dog Walker Should Know About Growth Plates

By Kimberly Burgan, Dog Walking Academy director and Austin, TX DWA instructor Who doesn’t love the sweet smell of puppy breath? Most of us jump at any chance to work with puppies and teenagers, … [Read more...]

Dog Walking Policies That Work

By Veronica Boutelle, dog*tec Dog Walking Academy co-founder and San Francisco Dog Walking Academy instructor We’ve all heard the “customer is always right” adage. But too often dog walkers take … [Read more...]

Making Behavior a Win-Win

By Erin Moore, Vancouver BC Canada Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Pawsitive Connection Dog Training It’s easy to forget that dogs operate in very simple ways: Does it work for me? Does … [Read more...]

Staying Current in a World of Social Media Surplus

By guest author Kellyann Conway, former president, Association of Professional Dog Trainers Social media seems to be everywhere driving everything these days – but of course it isn’t really … [Read more...]

Talk the Talk to Walk the Walk

By Pat Blocker, Colorado Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Peaceful Paws It is quite possible that an animal has spoken to me and that I didn’t catch the remark because I wasn’t paying … [Read more...]

Joyful Work: Mental Health Days

By Erin Moore, Vancouver BC Canada Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Pawsitive Connection Dog Training About five years ago, I experienced a serious case of burnout. After six months of … [Read more...]

Joyful Walks: Guiding Your Dogs

By Doug Duncan, Portland Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Doggy Business As the days grow longer and warmer and the flowers come out, so do the people! And they bring their dogs with … [Read more...]

Positive Methods Aren’t Just For Dogs

A conversation with Erin Moore, Vancouver BC Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Pawsitive Connection Dog Training “I like dogs more than people” is one of the more common reasons dog pros … [Read more...]

Positive Training With Heart & Mind

By Pat Blocker, Colorado Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Peaceful Paws A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. … [Read more...]

Overcome Procrastination To Transform Your Dog Walking Business

By Carolina Rocha, Brazil Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Pet Anjo You have a lot of ideas for your dog walking business. But at the end of a long day of walking you’re faced with a … [Read more...]

Walking Reactive Dogs: Distraction To The Rescue

By Beck Rothke, Chicago Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Trainer for Fetch Find When I think about working with reactive dogs, I often think about the use of comic relief for intense moments. … [Read more...]

4 Strategies for Building a Referral Network

By Kelly Elvin, Michigan Dog Walking Academy Instructor and owner of Tip Top Tails Dog Training One of the most daunting tasks faced by any small business owner is how to get new clients. This is … [Read more...]

Setting the Tone for Easier Dog Walks

By Denise Mazzola, NYC & Boston dog*tec Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Everything Dog Imagine walking into a classroom to find your instructor wearing a sloppy set of sweat pants … [Read more...]

Dog Walking For a Living

By Veronica Boutelle, dog*tec Dog Walking Academy co-founder and San Francisco Dog Walking Academy instructor Gazing outside from behind the dreary landscape of our desks, few are the people who … [Read more...]