Becoming a dog-walker could earn you an extra £9,200 a year

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Are you in need of a new side hustle? Do you like cute dogs? Then we have good news for you.

New research commissioned by Rover has revealed that becoming a dog walker alongside another job can earn you an additional £9,200 per year.

You would have to be barking to miss out on that extra cash.

Side hustles are becoming more and more popular as people do everything they can to save for a wedding, a big holiday or a deposit for their first home. 40% of Brits now have a side hustle supplementing their regular income.

The current state of the economy, house prices and rental costs in the big cities mean that having an additional income is often the only way to get by.

But if you do have to take on extra work, surrounding yourself with gorgeous puppy pals certainly isn’t the worst way to do it. And if it happens to be surprisingly lucrative, that’s even better.

The findings suggest that dog walkers only need to book three walks a day over three days a week in order to reach the target of more than £9,000 per year.

So it could actually be feasible if you work from home or have flexible hours. And it will be brilliant for your daily step count.

With the average UK salary at £27,600, having a dog walking side hustle will increase annual income by one third. And with more than 8.9 million dogs in the UK you’re not exactly likely to be short on business.

Plan for When You’re Not There. Make sure your pets are provided for during those long hours when you’re away. Dr. Becker suggests technological options. “DOGTV has stimulation and relaxation channels, and there are apps that control contraptions that talk to your pet, or dispense treats. Pheromone sprays can also reduce anxiety, creating that kumbaya atmosphere.” And, of course, daycare and dog walkers are a great way to enrich your pet’s day. “Know someone who wants exercise? Maybe they’ll walk your dog.”

‘With living costs constantly increasing, it’s no surprise that Brits are taking up side hustles to earn some extra cash,’ says Christopher Cederskog, European general manager at Rover.com.

‘The extra income that dog walking can provide can help parents, students, retirees or others paying off debts to save up for house projects, holidays or pick up extra hobbies.

‘What’s more it’s an enjoyable way of increasing your income and we look forward to welcoming more side sitters in the future as the trend takes hold.’

But it is worth checking with your local authorities to ensure they are in-line with local dog walking and sitting laws and regulations before signing up to become a dog walker.