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Jim Buck, Widely Considered the First Professional Dog Walker, Dies in NY at age 81
Date:7/18/2013

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) July 18, 2013

New York City is often credited as the birthplace of professional dog walking services. Jim Buck, who died this month at the age of 81, became the first professional dog walker in New York City in the 1960s. A native of the Upper East Side himself, Jim’s company, “Jim Buck’s School for Dogs” was started when a number of very prominent New Yorkers he knew asked for his help walking their dogs. Mr. Buck eventually employed over 20 people in his efforts to walk the wide range of dogs owned by some of the most influential New Yorkers in the city.

It’s been fifty years since Jim Buck originally started his dog walking company, and the market for dog walking services has changed quite a bit in that time. While most people associate iconic photos of one dog walker handling up to a dozen dogs at a time as they walk down the street as “a day in the life of a dog walker”, in today’s reality that rarely happens.

Most dog walkers today will only walk one-to-three dogs maximum at a time, and all of those dogs live in the same household.    This is primarily for the dog and sitter’s safety, in addition to the fact that to walk many more dogs than that at a time, the walker must have significant dog handling experience.

The type of people that become dog walkers has evolved as well. While there are few official statistics on dog walker demographics, it is generally known within the industry that the bulk of dog walkers and pet sitters are female.

Joette White, President of Park Cities Pet Sitter, Inc., in Dallas, TX said that w
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