Working with Dogs: Work for RVers and Campers Who Love Dogs

Is working with dogs and full-time RVing your dream combination? Volunteer at animal shelters, work dog shows as a vendor or judge, staff a canine campground, do dog grooming or training, or be a pet sitter. Or…the list of ways you can combine your love of dogs with RVing to earn some money goes on and on.

Working with Dogs Options for RVers

Working with dogs can start in the campground where you are staying. There's a need for dog walkers and doggy day care providers at campgrounds. There are certainly times when we'd like to leave our pooch in the RV while we go away for a long day. It would be great to have someone at the park to take her on a short walk or let her out for a potty break. And, just to check to make sure she isn't barking.

There's also a need for dog sitters at campgrounds. Here, I'm talking about people who care for your fur babies overnight or longer. We stayed in one particular campground for a couple weeks, and then returned there in subsequent years, because they had a pet sitter in the park. It made it possible for us to go on side trips for a few days and to take a week's vacation. Our critters could have the familiarity of home and be home in their beds at night. But, during the day, they had someone come over to feed and care for them. And, to give them attention.

Dog obedience classes and dog training are things you could do at campgrounds and at public venues. Until recently, I was under the impression that when you signed up for dog obedience school that it was a class that met regularly, for a specified number of sessions. Turns out you can take just one session.

Every once in a while on an RVing forum, someone will ask about doing dog grooming or bathing dogs at campgrounds. There most always is a rash of responses saying why it isn't possible. And, then, there's someone who says he does it. And that's followed by people asking for his schedule or otherwise comment that they need his service.

You could develop an educational program or presentation. It might be on the benefits of spay and neutering. Or, on do-it-yourself dog grooming. Or on doggie first aid, or canine nutrition, or how to choose the right puppy.

Jobs with dogs often include working with dog owners. You might do clicker training or teach clicker training.

Some RVers have a career working with dogs at shows. They show, judge, or trail. They work as handlers and groomers. Others work the shows at trade show reps, for dog food companies or other suppliers.

An animal shelter position is another option. This would be particularly good if you have some time to volunteer in exchange for an RV site. Though some shelters and rescues do have paying jobs working with dogs, cats, and other animals.

Some campgrounds cater to dogs, or campers with dogs. Canine campgrounds would be a good place to work as groomer, trainer, or with dogs in some other capacity. They may be open to having you work independently. Or, they may hire you as staff. Cane9Creek RV Park & Campground is one that advertises that they have an on-site groomer. To find others, Google for "dog friendly campground."

Sell dog related products at craft shows, dog shows, flea markets, or other special events. While this involves only a limited amount of time actually working with dogs, it definitely puts you in contact with dog lovers. At one flea market we worked, the vendor next to us primarily sold dog figurines. At another market, the neighboring vendor sold t-shirts airbrushed with dog breeds. Other vendors engrave dog tags. Some sell dog food and treats. Doggie clothing is also popular in some areas, either commercially purchased of hand crafted.

These aren't the only jobs working with dogs, but it should be enough to get you started thinking about the possibilities.

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