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5 Dog Jobs For Dog Lovers

Updated on December 26, 2017
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I am an animal lover, dog owner, and pet blogger! I have two dogs who are just as wacko as me.

People in the world from different countries and different races all have various types of careers. They are janitors, garbage collectors, maids, judges, governors, teachers, scientist etc. But if you are not interested into any of those boring "animal-less" jobs and are vividly looking for a career which involves working directly with dogs, here are 5 jobs you can venture in and make money working with canines.

Walking Dogs

Dog Walker
Dog Walker

1. Dog Walker

I am not substituting Walker Texas Ranger for the person who actually walks dogs. I am sure any dog that Walker Texas Ranger actually walks would probably be taking down a couple bad guys with just one bark. A dog walker basically is a person who takes the dog from the owner and gives the animal some needed exercise. Dog walkers not only walk the dog, they may jog or run also. Dog walkers normally walk from 1-7 dogs at a time. The more dog the person walks is the more money he/she will make. If you think you have what it takes to become a dog walker, there are a few qualifications you must possess first.


  • You must love dogs
  • You must be an individual who is physically fit
  • Must be able to apply dominance over dog
  • Must understand how different dog breed operates.
  • Must have patience.

Dog Sitting

Dog Sitter
Dog Sitter

2. Dog Sitter

If you are great looking after kids, then you probably have what it takes to be a dog sitter. You see, there is not much of a difference when it comes to taking care of small children and dogs. Let's look at some of the similarities in babysitting a child and dog sitting a puppy.

  • Children run and make noise, dogs run and bark.
  • You may have to clean up poop after the child, you clean up poop after the dog
  • Child eats and makes a mess, Dog may eat a bit messy.
  • Child wines and cries for mommy, Dog whimpers for owner

So if you have babysitting skills and thinking about becoming a dog sitter, I say go for it. If you are truly motivated by dogs and are capable of watching and caring for the animal for a period of time when the owner is away, or simply too busy working in his office making millions from his real estate deal, then dog sitting is right for you.


  • Have patience with animals. Some dogs may be stubborn to strangers
  • Must love dogs.
  • Not afraid of any dogs
  • Will be able to clean up dog poop
  • Know Animal First Aid
  • Certificate In Animal Care would be an asset

Training Dogs

Dog Trainer
Dog Trainer

3. Dog Trainer

This is actually a pretty cool dog job. The trainer's duty is basically to take an untrained dog and teach that dog to obey certain verbal and gesticulated commands. Dog trainers can go further and classify themselves as dog behavior specialist as many have studied in extent beyond simple commands. They have actually gone into the science of how the dog thinks and behave. But we are really not here to discuss a Dog behavior specialist. We are here to discuss a dog trainer. If you plan to become a certified dog trainer you will have to enroll yourself in an accredited dog training institution.Gain the valuable skill of training dogs and then simply venture out and seek work as a dog trainer.


  • Certificate in Dog Training
  • Must Love Dogs
  • Must possess patience
  • Tactical
  • Skillful

Grooming Dogs

Dog Groomer
Dog Groomer

4. Dog Groomer

This is probably one of the most exciting and skillful career when it comes on to dog jobs. A dog groomer is an individual who cuts and trims the dog of excessive coat and most of the times in various designs and styles. One of the more famous dog breeds which dog groomers like to work with is the poodle. The poodle has nice wool like coat which makes it quite easy to form patterns and designs when grooming. But don't just think of dog groomers as skilled animal barbers. Many of them are trained animal experts and know a lot about dogs. Beside from just the cutting, the groomer will have to bath and trim the dogs nails, get the dogs teeth all nice and white for that perfect doggy smile.


  • Diploma in Animal Care
  • Diploma in Professional Dog Styling
  • Level 4 NVQ in Animal Management
  • You could simply have a set of skilled hands and was just born to groom.

The diplomas will put you on better footing if you apply to work in Professional dog grooming salons.

Healing Dogs


5. Veterinarian

Probably the most famous Animal Career known. Vets not only care for dogs but care for many other pets. But if you ask any Veterinarian which animal they see the most they will definitely tell you dogs. That is because dogs are the most owned pets across the entire Globe. People just love dogs, don't you? A dog Vet is basically a doctor who sees about the overall health of your dog. The Veterinarian does from minor to major health activities on the animal. This could be from diagnosing the dog for infection and giving the animal a few antibiotics to major surgery. But if you plan to become a Veterinarian there is something dark about his/her type of work. The Veterinarian has the very sad duty of putting many of those precious animals to sleep. Dog owners may have to require putting down their pets based upon certain illnesses. It would be much better to let the animal sleep away peacefully than to let it suffer its remaining life in pain. Some Veterinarians also double up as Dog Diet Experts. They can tell you the kind of food to feed your dog and how much food a certain weight dog should be fed. To become a Vet, your animal knowledge skill has to be God like!


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree
  • Must Love Dogs
  • Must Love Animals
  • Patience


These are 5 of the most common and even fun dog jobs. Some of these jobs are able to done by mature teens up to mature adults. These jobs all come with different responsibilities, and different salaries of course. But the biggest advantage of having a dog job is all the fun you can have with these marvelous canines. So what are you waiting for? Go get your bark on.

© 2017 Clive Williams


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    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Eric, when you get your dog send a pic. I have two crazy ones and they get crazier by the minute. Especially my shoodle.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful Job as Always Clive. My wife is very afraid so we are slow in getting a dog. But I just figured I could go to the doctor, complain mightely about depression and anxiety and get a prescription for one. Wish me luck.

      My job was private breeder -- but that makes pound puppy lovers mad.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      hey Billy, My two are a handful. But I have taken care of other dogs

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We have two and that's quite enough dog for me. I can't imagine taking care of someone else's, in any capacity. :)

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey MsDora....Think about it. Kids=dogs.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Informative and helpful. I'm sure that dog lovers could learn to perform any of these roles. You make it seem that people who like children can also like dogs. Why not?

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      That's sad ruby. I have two. Some people are allergic to the dog's dander. That is the dried flesh which peels off and becomes airborne.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love dogs, but I'm so allergic I get sick when I'm around them. It ' ain't ' fair!!!

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Louise, thats great. I know a few dog sitters who do it but just for the additional income.

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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      I love dogs. I do sometimes dog sitting, which I really enjoy.


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