• Announcements
  • Dog Friendly
  • Dog Parks
  • General Fluff
  • Health + Safety
  • How-To
  • Pet News
  • Dog Walking Software: The Most Important Things to Know

    by Andrew Borgschulte

    Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned dog walking veteran, you know there is a lot more to this business than meets the eye. In addition to having experience and knowledge with all different breeds and attitudes, there are additional aspects of running a small business that is profitable and sustainable. One of these aspects, like any modern company, is having the right technology to support your goals. Dog walking software can greatly improve your business and eliminate many of the headaches. It also allows you to offer the same level of service and convenience as a much larger company.

    A woman holding a yorkie and her phone with the Barkly Pets dog walking app on it.

    Key Features

    Easy scheduling

    Customers expect scheduling services to be simple and on-demand. With the rise of apps like Handy, Postmates and many others, it is now a baseline to offer some type of online scheduling, including the ability to edit or cancel.

    Having this feature will also simplify your life as a dog walker. One central calendar with all of your walks for the month ensures you are giving your clients the service and attention they desire.

    GPS Tracking

    GPS tracking is another feature that today’s dog owners have come to expect. Other apps such as Uber or Lyft are prime examples of this. In fact, GPS tracking is even more important when it comes to dog walking software as the client is separated from their dog and want to have the peace of mind that the walk is going well and is on time.

    As a walker, this also works as a bit of an insurance policy in case of any confusion or disagreements with a client, you can prove where and when you were located.

    A woman using Barkly Pets' dog walking software to track a walk via GPS.

    Auto Billing and Accounting

    Online subscriptions are ubiquitous at this point and allow clients to regularly schedule payments without even thinking about it. This eliminates another headache for them and gives them the confidence that they can schedule services whenever they need.

    For you, it is an even bigger feature. On-time, regular payments are the lifeblood of any business and this is no exception. No more bugging customers about payments or overdue bills. This feature is truly a win-win.

    Marketing Tools

    Like any industry, marketing is crucial to the growth and continued success of your business. Finding new customers can be a difficult task without the right tools or knowledge.

    Having a built-in suite of tools that can be easily deployed can help your business in both the short and long term.

    Cost

    The margins for small businesses can be tight and controlling cost is a crucial factor in ensuring profitability. Money mistakes can be crippling to a new business. That being said, let’s take a look at the pricing for a few dog walking software companies.

    • TimeToPet offers two base pricing models, $35 per month for a single person subscription and $25 plus $13 per month for each active user.
    • Scout for Pets also offers two plans, though they are very different. The “Just Scout” package is $25 per month and the “Scout + Sites” bundle is $799 per year.
    • Barkly offers a single plan at $8.50 per month, and you only pay that if you earn more than $100 in that month.

    Additional Service Offerings

    One final consideration is what kind of additional services can be handled through the software. For example, are you interested in doing both walking and boarding?

    Depending on the software you choose, this may require subscribing to more than one offering or company.

    Wrapping Up

    The dog walking software you choose will have a big impact on your business and will be the backbone of your stack of tools. It is an important decision that demands research and consideration.

    Here at Barkly, we built our software from the ground up with you in mind. When you succeed, we succeed and we will be there every step of the way with support and service at a reasonable price.

    To find out more about being a dog walker with Barkly, click here to begin your application!

    Sign up today

    We're expanding to your area next month! Sign up today for early access and exclusive discounts.

    This field is empty

    Must be a valid email

    Must be a valid zipcode

    Must be a valid phone number. Ex: (555) 555-5555

    Stories, Tips, & Free Giveaways for the Pet-Obsessed

    Like a Kong, we only fill our newsletter with the good stuff.