I Got Hired As A Dog Walker | Lucie For Hire | Refinery29

I’m Lucie Fink. I’m a video producer at Refinery29, but
every so often I like to try other people’s jobs. Today I’m with the owners of The Barking
Meter to see if I have what it takes to be a professional dog walker. This is Lucie for Hire. I’ve had dogs as pets for my entire life,
so when my followers asked me to try being a dog walker for the day, I thought, “This
will be easy.” I quickly learned however, that this job is
not a walk in the park. I spent the day with Kara and Joey, the brother sister duo that started their
own elite dog walking service in 2007, right here in New York City. Hi, I’m Kara. And I’m Joey. And this is Lucca. This is Chewy. And we own and operate The Barking Meter. It started with a handful of dogs. I was the only dog walker for about three
to four years. When Joey came on board, it was more of, “Great,
you can take on another neighborhood and be a walker as well.” Through that we learned, wow, this can be
something bigger. And we want to expand throughout the city, and maybe even into Brooklyn. We now have a small staff that is out there
every day working with dogs and following the schedule that we put in place. Many of the company’s walkers are just working to make some extra side money while they pursue their dreams. But this side hustle is one of the most lucrative and secure job opportunities that I’ve ever heard of. Our walkers will start out at $15 an hour,
they’re immediately jumping into our benefits package, which includes phone reimbursement,
monthly metrocard, health insurance. Our big one is a 401k with company match. We also like to give a raise every six months. We think it’s very important that people
can actually live in New York City while working for TBM, so we really strive to make that
happen. To be a dog walker for TBM means that you’re
probably walking eight hours a day. All weather, all terrain. Snowstorm or a complete heatwave, they show
up and they make sure the dogs are taken care of. So it definitely takes a certain kind of person
that understands that this is someone’s family member. I think Lucie’s gonna do pretty well. She grew up with dogs, but I think she’s
gonna find it challenging to actually walk more than one at a time on the streets of
New York. Your first challenge is training. We require all of our walkers to wear a belt. Okay, I thought this was a leash. I’m glad that I’m telling you this before
we put a dog in your hands. Good start. I want the pink one. You’re gonna add a carabiner because all
the dogs are gonna be attached to your belt. You’re gonna add a dog bowl to the belt. Then, you’ve got your roll of bags. I’m like a construction worker right now. This is just a standard collar. This is what you refer to as a martingale. Chewy come! Thank you. It tightens when you give tension. This is a harness. There you go, just like that. Alright, this is some S&M stuff. We’re a little kinky at TBM, but we like
it doggy style. So does this hurt? It does not. So —
Do you want to put it on my neck? Yeah, sure. That would be great. This actually fits just like this on the dog. This feels like it’s cute. Okay, yeah you’re right, it doesn’t hurt. So if I say, “Lucie, come.” Yes, good job, Lucie. And then two forms of leashes. You have a leash with a latch. The second form of a leash is a slip lead. If I need to cause tension in any way, it
goes that and immediately loosens. To make sure I was prepared, Kara quizzed
me on each of the items. Lucie, what is this? A classic leash. Slip lead. This is our harness. This is a Marvin Gaye. Martingale. Yes. Not Marvin Gaye. Aside from the basic equipment that Kara and
chewy walked me through, TBM has an app containing each dog’s address, profile and specific
instructions. I see here we’ve got the time of the pickup,
the address of the pickup, notes from the customer, alright. Don’t forget to wipe its butt after the
walk. Is that what it says? Yes, you have to wipe its butt. Oh my gosh. He has dingleberrys sometimes. Be firm but gentle. Once I had my belt with my ring of keys, water
cup, poop bags and extra leashes, I was officially trained and ready to walk a dog. Your second challenge is a solo dog walk. My first walk was with a dog named Lexington. When I got to the apartment, I had to follow
directions for entering. So first you gotta knock. Nobody’s home. Wrong key. Here we go. Are you sure this is the door? I’m sweating. I know. Don’t sweat. Alright. There we go! I’m sweating. Hello, TBM. Lexington, hi. I’m a new person. Once I made it inside, I had to make sure
to check into the app, Alright enter, follow the proper instructions, Use prong and add
tag collar during walk. She’s slightly nervous on walks. If she pulls to the side, let her sniff for
a couple seconds. If she doesn’t do her business, keep her
moving. Strap her in securely and then take her outside. This is Lexington. She has a beard, she’s cute. You ready, cutie? This way. We took Lexy for a long walk in Greenwich
Village. It was a grueling 90 degrees outside, but
when a dog’s gotta go, they’ve gotta go. We might have a poo. Oh, yeah she’ll poop. That’s her poop dance. Good girl, you’ve got some pellets. Three pellets, get them all. Uh! And do we dispose of this in the city streets? That is pr — just throw it in that guy’s
car. We’re just gonna put it in the trash. Well done. As cute and tiny as Lexy was, walking even
one dog in a bustling city with distractions, Keep up, pumpkin! dangers and strangers everywhere, Yes.
Keeping on the lookout Go for it girl.
for any creeps. Is way more challenging than you’d think. Kara kept giving me important pointers. Keep your arms down and loose. Yes, so down and loose. Yup. And just as I was getting exhausted and felt
that one dog was more than enough, I realized that
the day was just getting started. That is a perfect walk. You got her to pee and poop. That’s huge!
So let’s go bring her home. It’s what we call walking the shit out of
our dogs. Your third challenge is a pack walk. TBM typically keeps their walks between one
to four dogs at most. But Kara and joey wanted to give me the most
intense challenge possible. They gave me a daily schedule to follow where
I was responsible for walking not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but six dogs at once. Alright, Solii. Good girl. Got two very different sized dogs here. This is the crew. Good job. There is a lot to think about here. First and foremost, a dog is somebody’s
child. This isn’t just a fun little walk down the
street with dogs at my side. I’m protecting their lives. This way, everyone on the same side. I had so much to worry about. First of all, these dogs hadn’t all met
before, so how would they react to one another? Certain dogs can’t stand the heat for as
long as others can, so I had to plan my route accordingly. But after some careful maneuvering, I think
I had finally gotten the hang of it. We took a little water break. Let me show you how to do it. Just like this, you know? Did some more walking, Come on, Teddy. And ultimately had such a great time together. But sadly, all good things must come to an end. Your final challenge is returning the dogs
safely. Step one: Make sure you’re dropping the
right dog off at the right house. Step two: follow the owner’s instructions. Finn goes in crate, please lock him in crate. Alright, Finn. Time to go in. Leaving a dog in the wrong place or outside
of a crate could be a disaster. Good job, Finnie. After dropping them off at home and carefully
following directions, I had to write a detailed pupdate for the owner. This includes what the dog’s personality
was like on the walk, any problems or praises, and yes, how their poops went. TBM offers way more than dog walking. It’s truly a holistic approach to dog care. They offer boarding service, training sessions,
and can even bring your dog to and from grooming and vet appointments. This job can really tire a person out. At one point during the day, I felt so exhausted
that I had to grab some snacks just to keep my energy levels up. Being a dog walker is an entirely different
world from spending time with your own dog. As I learned, it takes dexterity, door opening
skills, This is a rough key. I’m sweating. I know. Patience, You gotta poo? And a ton of stamina. But by the end of the day, I think I had proven
myself. Lucie was incredible. She loved the dogs, the dogs loved her. She payed attention to all the details that
we need her to understand. And not to mention, six dogs on a New York City block? I mean, come on. I can’t even do that. Lucie, on behalf of all of us at TBM, you’re
one of us. This job was ruff. But it was definitely one of the most rewarding
jobs I’ve tried on this series. Let me know what other jobs you’d like to
see me try, and we’ll see you next time on Lucie for Hire. Hey YouTube, thanks for watching our video. Click here to watch another video on Refinery29,
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