How To Change Dog Walker Motivation
Pet Walker’s Problems:
- Problems for beginners in pet walking:
Let’s say you’re planning to run your own pet walking service. You have zero experience in handling someone else’s dogs so far, yet you’re full of affection toward canines. At this point, you realize that skills and holistic vision of petcare don’t come from just owning & training a single dog — you need to practice with dozens of breeds during various periods of their lifecycle, so as to deeply comprehend their needs, traits and habits. Since each dog develops its walking routine, you could often have to deal with scheduling conflicts. Moreover, a pet walking job implies constant outdoor activity whatever the weather, and you would obviously need some strength in your hands to hold several dogs on leashes, that collectively excel you in pulling force. These facts require you to remain fit.
Secondly, you have to examine the market environment. It’s not that difficult to do in our digital era, though some pet walking entrepreneurs may not want to disclose their crucial tricks & pain points.
Finally, one can’t imagine getting queues of potential clients just within weeks after you start, making fortune out of pet walking is more of a remote scenario. To make a living, you may need to combine walking dogs with another occupation at the outset.
2. The problem of finding a client:
In almost every business, starting off is a challenge. And finding a first client is a particular case. The insufficient past experience in the petcare industry, as well as missing feedback in pet walker’s profiles makes it hard to win a dog owner’s heart. Indeed, marketing & self-promotion come first, as although you may be a gifted pet walker, lack of confidence repulses your potential clients. But even having all aforementioned issues overcome, which sources of clients would you use? You won’t get much of just word of mouth in a big city, and scattered ads will unlikely ensure a persistent client stream.
Pet Owner’s Problems:
3. How to check a pet walker’s skills?
As we mentioned above, some talented walkers can remain underrated, whereas braggarts and upstarts often draw a fake image of themselves. This is not to mention lots of scammers that can even mistreat one’s pet. If you’re in a small town, it’s much safer to trust a word of mouth, but how about metropolitan areas? Before entrusting your dog to a stranger, how would you ask him to show his skills?
4. Lack of “friendly”, “long-term” connection between the dog owner and the walker:
In large cities with high rates of migration, one can struggle searching for a permanent high-quality service provider, particularly a dog walker. Experienced walkers with a boatload of positive reviews may charge a lot, so dog owners often opt for more affordable offers, which doesn’t necessarily mean stability, as, like any professional, pet service providers tend to grow in status. However, each dog has its own temper, habits, even pooping schedule, which takes a fair amount of pet walker’s time to get adapted to. Canine companions, in turn, need some trust-establishing period. As a result, inconsistent relations between pet owner and its walker serve as a maladaptation factor, affecting the animal’s wellbeing.
- Smart algorithm that will offer the walker optimizing his work schedule as much as possible:
Now imagine that all interactions between pet owners and walkers are brought into a unified platform, and managed by a smart AI-based algorithm. It takes basic parameters like location, the breed of an owner’s dog besides its other features, and all skills & experience of service staff. The algorithm properly considers schedules of each party, and matches clients with dog walkers in the best possible way. With its help, pet walkers would be receiving a clear route scheme every morning, gathering the highest possible number of dogs, while handling them in a fairly convenient way, with no need to complicate the working schedule.
2. Game XP connecting pet owners and pet walkers:
Once a pet walker joins the platform, the NFT for his profile is created, and will stay with him perpetually. All the tracking data & achievements will be added to the pet walker’s NFT. To ensure sustainable user experience, as well as professional growth and convenience for dog walkers, the aforementioned AI-based system would encourage walkers to be in a “permanent relationship” with dogs they have had experience walking with. The incentives are thought to be built upon mutual bonuses, where time spent together turns into discounts for clients, and karma points for walkers. Wrapped into an exciting game scenario, all motivation will be presented in the form of blockchain tokens as an immutable measure of progress and an asset that could be sold on exchange.
3. Pay per action/pay per skills model:
So what would bonuses be specifically accrued for? In two words, actions and skills. Rewarded action implies any measurable achievement within the game that leads to wellbeing improvement for a given pet and/or environment protection. That could be a step count while walking a dog, meeting a regular walking schedule, new walking routes, patronage of a given pet during a definite period, cleaning up dog poop on the walk etc. The result of pet walker’s work and hence the revenue is measured by dog’s physical activity, recorded by the pedometer, the route planner in the app, the pet heart rate monitor, as well as photographing dog feces with its further examination according to the Bristol Stool Scale. All rewards would be settled in form of native crypto tokens, which could further be spent or withdrawn. Pet walker skills would be presented in a more complex way — it’s a set of measurable achievements, combined with personal feedback history, permanently & transparently stored in the blockchain. Basically, there will be 3 levels of pet walkers depending on their actual experience and professional skills: Pooper Trooper, Poodawan, and Sooper Jedi. The metrics of gaining the next level include the number of dogs walked, general activity, considerateness during a walk, customer reviews etc. Skill rate defines a factor that will increase dog walker’s revenue, besides chances to get more payable clients.
A SooperPooper app users, whether pet walkers or owners, will be eligible to pledge tokens they have earned to a special staking scheme, and permanently earn additional revenue. In two words, staking is a way of earning rewards for holding certain cryptocurrencies in escrow. As the underlying blockchain for the SooperPooper employs Proof-of-Stake consensus algorithm, the staked tokens would be used to ensure the system operation.
Pet professional’s column by Ashkan Sadri, veterinarian advisor
I believe tracking health metrics during dog walks is useful, because various types of activity load & pace might have different effects. Study* shows that walking didn’t really elevate heart rate and to get real exercise they need to at least trot. Studies on treadmill exercises in dogs focused on walking, trotting, and running continuously or with intervals. Piccione et al. analyzed the physiological and hemodynamic parameters in seven healthy male beagles using sequential exercises: walking (3.8 km/h, 10 min), trotting (7.2 km/h, 20 min), and walking (3.8 km/h, 10 min) on a motorized treadmill. The results indicated that the HR and rectal temperature significantly increased with walking and trotting exercises. Red blood cell (RBC), hematocrit (Hct), lactate, and glucose levels increased only with the trotting exercise. These results can be partly explained by the fact that cardiovascular parameters such as HR, blood pressure, and cardiac output increase to meet cellular oxygen requirements during exercise in dogs, like in humans.
Another study showed that of course older dogs fatigue earlier. Older dogs are more prone to physical fatigue than younger dogs due to a reduction in their cardiovascular and physiological functions.
I think tracking pet’s poop is important for preventive medicine, as in veterinary practice we can get a lot of information from looking at poo samples, for example we have an idea of different types of nutritional intolerance, we can see what remains in a poop, what the dog is able to digest and what is not. We can also see the mucus production: if there is a lot of mucus in a poop, that’s a sign that we have some irritation in the intestinal system, as well we can get an idea of digestion, and the amounts of different types of gastric juice involved by looking at the color of the poop. So, for example, something that is very yellow will have a lot more bile in it, that was not actually used up efficiently.
Below you can find the SooperPooper App for IOS or Android. Currently, it is the version 1 of a product for dog walkers & dog parents that allows you to get reward in exchange for participating in quests: