Puppy walks with Penny

by | Jun 30, 2011 | 4 comments

What a nice day today, so hot and sunny. Overdressed as per usual when out with the dogs, including our brand new member Penny who is a 12 week old cocker spaniel.

Early walk with Jay and Sasha in Renfrew. There was a whole load of dogs in Robertson park today all wanting the tennis balls that Sasha and Jay had, thankfully I had about 6 in my bag so there was plenty to go round. Later I picked the Lurchers Ronnie and Roxy and took them to Erskine beach where Roxy swam a few times, she’s getting braver in the water and so is Ronnie. Can’t throw the ball far, just enough where Roxy will have to paddle about a meter or so. When she came out she would go a bit mental and run like crazy after the ball not giving her sister Ronnie a chance. After I took them home and dried them off I picked up our newest member Penny, a show cocker spaniel from Inchinnan. She’s just 12 weeks old and a lovely little thing and I took her to the beach too. We met a westie, two jack russells, a Northern inuit dog, a collie cross and lady with two young children who adored her.

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By Jamie Shanks

BDWS is owned and run by me, Jamie Shanks. I’ve been a professional dog walker since 2010. When I’m not walking dogs, I’m usually at home entertaining my three dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden. 


  1. Hi Jamie

    Firstly to congratulate you on starting up your own business and the growth of it. Secondly I am not going to start my dog walking business for another year as yet and the reason for this is that I am researching the business as much as I can and also I don’t drive at the moment, but will be doing in the near future. At the moment I work nights on a hotel reception, which I must say is not that demanding.

    I have 2 dogs and two cats myself which I love looking after, playing with and walking. My only concerns with the dog walking as stupid as it seems are weather issues like what to do with the muddy coats after a dog has been walked ?

    Is it best to get experience walking dogs by offering services for free at first so then you can gain references from the dog owners ? Also I have passed my Bronze in a dog training class recently but then became very ill and had to be hospitalized, I do intend to go back to do the silver and gold with both of my dogs, but I’m not sure if dog owners would see this as experience. Do you offer any basic training whilst on the dog walks ? Do you find out dog friendly locations to walk the dogs ?

    Do you have any qualifications with dog handling, behaviours or walking etc or have you ever considered doing any courses in this field, the reason for me asking this is I am thinking of doing some kind of course relating to dog behaviours and handling.

    I have read through your recipes page and they look fab, I’m going to try some of them out on my 2 Brussels Griffons as they can be very choosy in what they eat.

    Thanks for any feedback you offer


    Vivien Earnshaw

    • Soz for taking so ling… been so busy. Get a driving license first, not worth it without it, it’s too hard and you’d make too little. When dogs are dirty get clients to leave towels out so you can dry them off. Most of mine I dont bother, they sometimes wet. Some clients I do have to dry but I’m a bit stubborn that way.

      I dont offer dog training, have no qualifications, all that stuff is irrelevant, experience is all you need and you’ll get that. Are you capable? Responsible? That’s all that matters.

      Get a driving license first, save up some cash and then start.

  2. Hi Jamie

    Thank you for a wealth of info on your web site. I am in the process of looking to setting up a dog walking business. I have moved to a beautiful place near Glossop Cheshire and since getting my beautiful labrador Tilly 3 years ago I realise this would be the best job for me, it may not make me wealthy but I will achieve true job satisfaction with the love of the outdoors and dogs.

    It would be grest to know if you are still being as sucessful and managing to keep busy in such a unsteady economic climate. Keep me posted.

    Kind Regards

    • HI Janet! Well, it was partly the recession that got me into dog walking in the first place as I couldn’t find any work. That’s nearly 4 years I’ve been doing it. Yeah, I am kept busy and gradually getting more and more work, I’m very near at full capacity now. All the best and good luck!

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