12 Part Time Jobs Working with Dogs and Other Animals


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Much to my mother’s dismay I went door to door selling things when I was a kid in order to earn prizes that I wanted. I’m not sure if selling those trinkets or shoveling snow was my first side hustle, but it seems like I’ve always had an extra gig going on.

And the one thing that I believe the most about extra gigs is that they should be FUN!

If you have a full time job, or want a part time gig and love working with animals, then you are going to LOVE this list of 12 part time jobs working with dogs and other animals.

Some of these are freelance gigs, while others are more traditional employment types of jobs, and some can be both. Many of these ways to earn an extra buck can also turn into full time work with a bit of dedication and luck.

1. Pet Sitter

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Pet Sitting Job Description

Pet sitters supervise cats, dogs, and other animals while their owners are at work or vacation. Pet sitters will usually do their job in one of three ways:

  1. Live in the pet owner’s house while the owner is away and take care of the pet on site.
  2. Visit the pet at the owner’s house and take care of the pet at set intervals.
  3. Have the pet join the pet sitter at the pet sitter’s house.

The way you do this is entirely up to you, and what works for your life.

Pet Sitter Education Requirements

Since pet sitting is almost always a freelance gig, pet sitters don’t require formal education. However, it’s important to be extremely trustworthy to be a successful pet sitter.

Professional Pet Sitter Salary

Pet sitting is one of the higher paid part time jobs you can do with animals. In the US, you can expect to earn between $15.00 and $35.00 an hour depending on what kind of sitting you do, where you live, and what clients you have.

2. Dog Walker

Dog Walker Stats

Dog Walker Job Description

Dog walkers normally have a set amount of clients that they serve and often walk multiple dogs at the same time. This is a part time or full time gig that is more in demand in metro areas.

Dog walkers typically walk dogs for 30 to 60 minutes and pick up dog poop during walks. Dog walkers often also make sure that dogs have food and water after walks.

Dog Walker Education Requirements

Dog walkers don’t need a specific education, however you must be punctual, reliable, and trustworthy. It’s also important to like dogs and get along with them well.

Professional Dog Walker Salary

Many dog walkers work part time, but it is possible to make a full time living as a dog walker – especially if you live in a large city and are good at lining up clients.

According to Indeed.com the average dog walker makes $15.34 per hour. But top tier dog walkers can make quite a bit more if they are good at organizing clients and can walk several dogs at once.

3. Dog Groomer

Dog Groomer Stats

Dog Groomer Job Description

Dog groomers are like hair dressers for dogs. They cut and brush the dog’s fur, clean ears, bathe dogs, clip nails, and style fur. Dog groomers often work in retail locations like pet stores and veterinary offices.

Dog Groomer Education Requirements

Dog groomers typically complete an apprenticeship or get on the job training in order to do their work.

Professional Dog Groomer Salary

The median salary for dog groomers is $22,710. You can earn from around $9.00 an hour to $25.00 or more an hour. Dog groomers that do specialty services and develop high earning clientele earn more.

4. Pooper Scooper

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Pooper Scooper Job Description

People who provide pooper scooper services clean up dog poop – often in people’s back yards, but sometimes commercially. This job requires the ability to bend and squat and to be outside in any weather.

Pooper Scooper Education Requirements

There are no particular education requirements to be a pooper scooper, but you must have a basic level of physical fitness.

Professional Pooper Scooper Service Prices

If you are freelancing and getting your own clients, you can earn up to $45 per hour worked. If you are working for a pooper scooper company wages are typically between $11.00 to $15.00 an hour.

5. Pet Photographer

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Pet Photographer Job Description

Pet photographers take pictures of pets, often in cute poses. It’s important to have a quality camera and a love of animals.

Pet Photographer Education Requirements

There is no formal education requirement to become a pet photographer. However, many colleges and local communities offer photography classes so that you can sharpen your skills in this field. It’s also a good idea to have a basic knowledge of a program like Photoshop.

Professional Pet Photographer Salary

Pet photographers typically make between $9.50 and $36.71 an hour. How much you can make as a pet photographer is usually related to your skill set and how good you are getting clients.

Most pet photographers work freelance or own a full photography studio. You can also specialize in pet photography for commercial use.

6. Dog Trainer

Dog Trainer Job Description

Dog trainers work with animals and animal parents to teach desired behaviors such as walking on a leash and potty training. Pet trainers need to be good at follow through, because pet training requires consistency.

Dog Trainer Education Requirements

Dog trainers typically need to go to a secondary trade program or apprenticeship to learn their craft. Some training schools also offer on the job training.

Professional Dog Trainer Salary

Dog trainers typically earn between $12 and $30 an hour. If you own a dog training business you can earn more.

7. Pet Care Blogger

Pet Care Blogger Job Description

Pet care bloggers run blogs – like this one – about pets. Daily writing and the ability to work for months before a return on investment are important skills. The most important skill set that bloggers have to have is the ability to get traffic to their website.

Pet Care Blogger Education Requirements

Learning to run a blog that makes money requires a knowledge of SEO and how to get traffic from sites like Pinterest and Facebook. It also requires the ability to write engaging content that people want to read and a decent mastery of the language you are writing in.

Professional Pet Care Blogger Salary

Blogging can pay nothing or it can pay thousands of dollars a month. Top bloggers can make 6 figures or more.

The key to making a significant salary blogging is the ability to drive traffic to your blog.

8. Animal Care Specialist – Veterinary Technician

Animal Care Specialist Job Description

Veterinary technicians are assistants to veterinarians. They wrap and clean wounds, administer medications, and collect samples .

Animal Care Specialist -Veterinary Technician Education Requirements

Veterinary technicians typically complete a two year associates degree and must pass an exam called the National Veterinary Technician Exam.

Professional Animal Care Specialist – Veterinary Technician Salary

Veterinary technicians usually make between $9.50 an hour and $16.55 an hour.

9. Pet Treat Bakery

Pet Treat Bakery Job Description

People who own pet treat bakeries need to know what ingredients dog’s can’t have – like chocolate – and how to make tasty treats and dog food without a lot of added sugar.

In many municipalities you will have to have a commercial kitchen or access to one as well.

Pet Treat Bakery Education Requirements

Many bakers are self taught, although you can go to culinary school to learn basic baking techniques that you can then adapt to bake treats for pets.

Professional Pet Treat Bakery Salary

There are opportunities – especially in larger cities – for traditional employment at a pet bakery. Many people also make pet treats on their own and sell them at farmer’s markets or on Etsy.

If you are employed in a traditional type of part time job you can expect to make between $9 and $15 an hour. If you make your own treats and sell them you can petentially bring in $500 to $1000 a month in profit.

10. Animal Rescuer

Animal Rescuer Job Description

Many people rescue animals on a volunteer basis, but it is possible to rescue animals and get paid for it if you work for animal control or an organization like the ASPCA.

Animal rescuers will typically investigate allegations of abuse as well as handle dangerous and abandoned animals.

Animal Rescuer Education Requirements

Typically you only need a high school education to become an animal rescuer. If you are working for a government animal control agency you may also have to take a test.

Professional Animal Rescuer Salary

In a part time gig with an animal shelter you can expect to make between $9 and $15 an hour.

11. Part Time Kennel Assistant

Part Time Kennel Assistant Job Description

Kennel assistants walk dogs, schedule boarding appointments, clean cages and dog runs, groom and bathe dogs, sometimes administer medication, and monitor behavior of dogs in the kennel.

Part Time Kennel Assistant Education Requirements

Usually you need a high school diploma to be a kennel assistant. Although sometimes high school students do this job. Kennel assistants also need to love animals and be able to interact with them effectively.

Professional Part Time Kennel Assistant Salary

Kennel typically make between $7,25 and $15.00 an hour.

12. Pet Party Planner

Pet Party Planner Job Description

People now give their pets birthday parties and parties for other occasions as well and sometimes hire party planners to take care of all the details. If you want to be a pet party planner it helps to live in a metro area that has enough people who can afford this service.

Pet party planners work with clients to put together a theme for the pet party and

Pet Party Planner Education Requirements

There are no formal education requirements to be a pet party planner. Since this is typically gig work, it helps a great deal to be a self starter, good with people, good at organizing and good with pets.

Professional Pet Party Planner Salary

Pet party planners can make between $20 and $30 an hour.

The Bottom Line on Part Time Jobs Working with Dogs and Other Animals

If you love animals and want a side hustle that works with dogs, this list should help you get started. There are more opportunities than ever for industrious people who want to either start a business of their own or enjoy a part time job working with animals.

Use this list to spark ideas and find the job of your dreams.

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