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What Are the Best Times to Walk Dogs as a Full-time Student?


So you’ve decided to take on the role of part-time dog walker in addition to full-time student. Congratulations! Working while you’re still in school shows responsibility—you may have to skip a party every now and then, but you know that having a job has its rewards. Working students are not only able to reduce their need for student loans, but they also tend to have better grades and time management skills. Plus, you love dogs, so why not earn extra cash doing something you enjoy?

A college schedule can be quite packed, so it may be challenging to figure out when to offer your dog walking services. In this guide, we'll help you decide when the best time is for you to fit in a dog walk amongst classes, study times and off days, and get you moving and groovin' with your pawdorable furry clients!

The best time to walk dogs

So, what are the best times to walk dogs as a full-time student? The answer is that it depends! While there is no single right answer, it’s best to start by looking at your academic schedule.

What time do your classes start and end? Do you have any extracurricular activities? If you have early morning classes but have plenty of free time later in the day, then you’ll want to work in the afternoon. If you attend night classes that end at 10 PM, then it’s probably a good idea to accept four-legged clients who need their evening strolls before you head to class. 

Once you have regular clients, it’s easier to figure out a dog walking schedule that works for everyone. If you have the option to recommend particular times for your clients, consider the following:

Your clients’ needs

Your canine client’s breed, age, health, and even personality can also help you figure out the best times to go for a stroll. For example, brachycephalic breeds such as Pugs and French Bulldogs are more prone to heatstroke, so they should avoid going out in the afternoon when the sun is the hottest. 

Young puppies and older dogs will likely need to go to the bathroom first thing in the morning to prevent accidents while their human is out for the day. And depending on where they live, the roads may become really busy in the evenings. If your furry friend is easily spooked by traffic, then you may want to choose a quieter time for their walks and suggest that their parent works on desensitizing them to loud noises

Time of day

There are different times of day when you can walk dogs, and each has its own pros and cons.

  • Morning. With cooler temperatures and fewer people outside, mornings let you and your furry pal enjoy some quiet time before the day really starts. AM walks also allow a dog to do their business and burn off energy early in the day. Morning walks are probably not the best choice during the winter, though, especially for pups who get cold easily or suffer from joint problems.
  • Afternoon. If you live in the city, you may want to avoid afternoon walks due to the many cars and people that are out on the street during that time. The afternoon is also the warmest part of the day, so it’s not the best time to go out during summer. However, afternoon walks can be pleasant in the winter and in places that don’t get too crowded. 
  • Evening. A lot of people walk their canine companions in the evening after work or school, making it a peak time for exercising Fido. If your four-legged client likes people and other dogs, they’ll enjoy going on evening strolls. 
  • Night. Nighttime walks are ideal for high-energy pooches who require more than two walks per day, as well as pups who need to go potty before bed. Like morning strolls, night rambles are more relaxing than afternoon and evening walks since it’s cooler and less crowded outside. For your safety, be sure to wear light-up or reflective gear if you’re walking dogs at night.

Where to find clients

Not sure where to find clients for your new venture? Sign up to be a dog walker on Wag!. Since walks can be booked on-demand or pre-scheduled, you get to control your schedule and have a part-time job that works for you, not the other way around. Happy dog walking!

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