Walk Dogs for Money

6/18/20232 min read

brown and white short coated dog on green grass field during daytime
brown and white short coated dog on green grass field during daytime

How to Make Money with Rover Dog Walking

  • When setting up your profile make sure you include as many pictures as you can! Don't just take pictures of animals, make sure some of your pictures include you with the animals! If you need to, ask a family member or friend to take pictures of you with your/their pets!

  • Include a well-written and detailed bio explaining why you would be the best fit to watch someone's animals! Be super specific in your bio on what makes you different than other rover sitters, and what services you can provide that maybe not everyone else could!

  • Set your rates accordingly but also competitively. You can also create a profile for your own pet through the same app and act as if you needed a sitter for your pet to check out other sitters around you and what their prices are! Don't be afraid to charge more than them if you know your worth, but I suggest when you're just starting out to keep these prices on the lower side to book your first few clients and get a few reviews under your belt!

  • Try to go above and beyond! Offer setting up a meet and greet if they want so they can show you around their place and you can see their pets and figure out if it would be a good fit.

  • make sure to take lots of cute pictures of the animals you are caring for and submit them in the rover card once you have completed a booking, the owners want to see their pets!

  • Be reliable and communicate clearly with clients to build a positive reputation and earn repeat clients. As soon as you receive a booking request respond asap so the client doesn't reach out to another sitter

  • make sure your calendar is up to date while still keeping open as much availability open as you can

  • This is totally optional, but sometimes I like to leave a hand written note for the owners to let them know how much I enjoyed caring for their animals. This doesn't just have to be a note, you could also pick them flowers, leave them cookies, etc!

That being said, only consider signing up for Rover if you have experience caring for animals, and if you are actually going to put in the time and effort needed to care for these pets. Treat them as if they were your own pets!

Rover is a fantastic side hustle to earn some extra money if you love animals! (Available in the US, CA, UK, EU) The process to sign up is super simple, but will require you to pay the $35 background fee! Just think of it like an investment; I made 100x this initial fee while only being on Rover for under 2 months!


Rover offers 5 different services, and you only accept the bookings that you feel are the right fit for you! (you can chose which services you would like to offer, I chose to offer them all)

These include:

  1. boarding: overnight care at your house

  2. house sitting; overnight care at their house

  3. drop-in visits: 30 minute check in at their home

  4. doggy-day care: day time pet care in your home

  5. dog walking: 30 minute walk

Tips for Setting up Rover Profile