What business forms are necessary for starting a dog walking business?
Since I own a dog walking business, I'm here to make the paperwork process easier for you. To start a successful dog walking business, you need a liability form (contract) for each client to sign and a new client questionnaire form.
You may also want to create separate forms for a key agreement, a service agreement and an off-leash agreement, but these are optional.
The liability form and contact info form are the most important. You don't want to start a dog walking business without them.
Where can I get dog walking business forms?
I created an editable dog walking liability form and an editable new client questionnaire form for you. These are the same forms I have used for my business since 2008, and they are easy to modify for your own unique dog walking or pet sitting business.
My dog walking forms and ebook on how to start a dog walking business are available for $47.
If you prefer to save some money and create the forms yourself, here are some ideas to consider:
Dog walking liability form
Do I have to have a dog walking liability form?
Yes. You need a liability form for legal reasons in addition to carrying insurance. You never know what can happen, and you don't want to be held responsible if the dog bites you or someone else while under your care. When you work with dogs full time, you will most likely get nipped or bitten at some point.
You never know what can happen with dogs, even if you are the most responsible dog walker. A dog could slip her collar and get hit by a car. A dog could get sick while under your watch and require veterinary care. You need to make sure the client will pay for these costs.
What should I include on my dog walking liability form?
Your dog walking liability form should state that you and your business will not be held responsible for any damage or injuries caused by the pet on or off the owner's property while under your care. The form should also include your:
- policies for cancellations as well as any fees that apply
- vaccination requirements
- flea and tick prevention requirements
- spaying and neutering policies
- ID tag policy
- procedure for handling emergencies
Dog walking client contact information form
The contact information form is used to gather appropriate information about each client. The form collects information about the dog owner as well as the dog.
What questions should I include on my dog walking contact forms?
The form should ask for basic information such as the client's address, phone number and email.
The form should also gather basic info about the dog such as:
- name, breed and age
- veterinary contact info
- what the dog eats
- required medications
- the dog's unique needs
Beyond the basic information, the form should gather details about each dog's personality. You want to leave space for the owner to include any issues related to aggression, injuries, allergies and so on. And don't forget to ask about the dog's daily routine.
If you are in the process of starting your own dog walking business, best of luck to you! You will do great!
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