Taking the lead: The industry will continue to grow as owners put more emphasis on their pets

The Dog Walking Services industry maintained growth over the five years to 2017. Higher pet ownership and increased pet spending have helped the industry thrive over the past five years, supported by rising disposable income levels. Moreover, the industry experienced steady growth, as both employment and average working hours have increased from 2012 onward, causing pet owners to leave their homes and spend more time at the workplace, boosting demand for industry services. Over the next five years, expected stability in the job market and increased working hours will facilitate greater demand for dog walkers and pet sitting services, as will further increases in disposable income levels. However, competitive pricing pressures will cause profit constraints moving forward...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Higher pet ownership and increased pet spending have helped the industry thrive
  • Pet ownership is at an all-time high, having steadily grown over the past two decades
  • Rising incomes will make it easier for pet owners to spend on pet-related services
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry for the industry are low. There is very little regulation and many operators can enter the industry informally, on a word-of-mouth cash basis. There are also minimal complications to registering a business if operators do decide to formally enter the  industry.Startup costs for the industry are also minimal. Typically, operators only need equipment for walking dogs, including leashes, collars, harnesses and couplers. This equipment is easy to obtain and inexpensive and can be bought at any pet store or pet retailer.One factor that might present a barrier to success is providing insurance and background checks for all dog walkers within a company. Typically, more-established companies advertise that their dog walkers are all insured and bonded. Thi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Dog Walking Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Dog Walking Services Industry are

  • Easy access for clients
  • Ability to cater to dogs' individual needs
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of pets (cats and dogs) and Per capita disposable income in the Dog Walking Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Dog Walking Services Industry?

    This industry includes establishments that provide dog walking services to households. Also included in this industry are pet sitters, who commonly make personal visits to pet owner’s homes to care for dogs and cats. The industry does not include companies that primarily offer pet grooming, training, boarding or other pet services, which are included in the Pet Grooming and Boarding industry.

    Industry Products
  • Walks 30 minutes or less
  • Walks longer than 30 minutes
  • Dog sitting
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Dog walking
  • Pet sitting
  • Dog transportation services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of pets (cats and dogs)
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of households
  • National unemployment rate

  • Current Performance
  • Evolution of the industry
  • Pet ownership at historic highs
  • Competitions from pet boarding facilities
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry landscape
  • New technology offers new competition
  • Table: Dog Walking Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Dog Walking Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Direct Mail Advertising
  • Insurance Brokers & Agencies
  • Internet Publishing and Broadcasting
  • Pet Stores

  • Products & Services
  • Walks 30 minutes or less
  • Walks longer than 30 minutes
  • Dog sitting
  • Other services
  • Chart: Dog Walking Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 36 to 50
  • Consumers aged 51 to 66
  • Consumers aged 26 to 35
  • Consumers aged 65 or older
  • Consumers under 25
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Dog Walking Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    WagesProfitPurchasesMarketingOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Dog Walking Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Dog Walking Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Dog Walking Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Dog Walking Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of Cats and Dogs (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Dog walkers that have completed a background check.
  • Coupler
  • A piece of equipment that creates multiple branches for a leash, enabling a dog walker to walk multiple dogs with one leash.
  • Gps Tracking Collar
  • A dog collar which is attached to the dog in order to provide live updating as to their current location.
  • Pet Taxi
  • A service in which dog walkers provide transportation as per owner's request.
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