How the application process works:
The application below is the first interview – please note it takes about an hour to complete. If you appear to be a good fit, we will contact you via email to confirm your availability and answers. The second interview will be done in person and will also include 1-2 weeks of shadowing with one Hyde Bark's owners as well as Hyde Bark's managers. If you and we decide to proceed the application process, you will then become certified in Pet Behavior & Training or Animal Psychology, Pet First Aid & CPR, and complete a Pet Care Certification test, including a new module on Coronavirus safety.
What are some of the benefits for working for Hyde Bark?
REGULARITY – We are not an “on-demand” dog walkers. Most of our clients are at the same time on the same days each week. You will not be expected to do “cold calls”, walking into a home you have never been to, to walk a dog you’ve never met, and hoping for the best! Each client fills out an “intake form” and we meet every single client and pet personally before starting service. Seeing the same pets every week allows you to be able to form a bond with the pets, and your clients!
CONSISTENCY – Since you will generally have the same pets each day, you will have a consistent and predictable schedule and thus consistent and predictable pay each week. We always have extra work available, too, if you ever want to make some extra money outside of your regular schedule – such as in the early mornings, evenings, or on the weekends.
PROTECTION – We pay for your pet sitter’s insurance and because all of our walkers are also W2 employees (not independent contractors) we also have workman’s comp if you are hurt on the job, and unemployment insurance in case you lose your job through no fault of your own. During Coronavirus when we were forced to all but shut down, we continued paying all of our walkers until they were able to collect unemployment in order to make sure they were completely taken care of financially.
LOCATION – We only service the Hyde Park, Bronzeville and Woodlawn neighborhoods meaning all of our clients are very close together. As we pay per service we do not want you to be wasting time traveling all over the place! We do pay you for your mileage between clients as well, though.
CLIENTS – We handle all of the insurance, licensing, marketing, building your route, meeting with new clients, setting up their online profiles, getting keys, scheduling, and billing. All you have to worry about is the fun part of the business: taking care of pets!
TAXES – Did you know you pay over 15% more in taxes as an independent contractor with companies like Wag, Rover or Uber? Because all of our walkers are W2 employees, this means we as your employers pay towards your required social security, medicare and federal taxes, meaning less money out of your pocket!
BENEFITS – Along with Workmans Comp, Unemployment Insurance, a lower tax burden vs being an IC, paid certification courses, pet sitters insurance, and everything else we have outlined – we also offer paid time off, transportation/mileage pay and a monthly phone bill allowance.
PAY – As long as you meet the minimum availability requirements (at least 20hrs M-F between 10a-3p + one weekend a month), you will make at least $1200/month, up to $2600+/month after the initial 30 day probationary period. You will be paid per service, plus tips, mileage/tranpostation allowance (even if you bike), and we will also contribute a set monthly amount to your phone bill. We pay weekly on Fridays via direct deposit.
What are your expectations for me, as an employee?
GENERAL – You must be at least 18 years of age and able to work in the United States. You must authorize and pass a criminal background check. You must have a reliable car or bike and be accustomed to urban commuting if planning on using a bike as your primary means of transportation.
WORK ETHIC – We have built Hyde Bark from the ground up starting with a single client in 2015 to over 400 clients in our database as of 2020, caring for up to 150+ pets per day. We have worked incredibly hard to get to where we are today and the main thing that has gotten us here are integrity and ethics. Having a strong work ethic and integrity are the number one things we absolutely expect and require. You must strive to go above and beyond, noticing and taking care of the little things, and genuinely want to help people and their pets! We do not tolerate dishonesty or laziness in our work lives.
AVAILABILITY – You must be available at minimum M-F from about 10am until about 3pm, plus one weekend a month as needed for pet-sitting. As long as you meet the minimum availability requirements, you will make at least $1200/month up to $2600+/month after the initial 30 day probationary period.
TIME MANAGEMENT – Since you will work independently with little to no supervision, you must be able to self-manage your time and your travel. You must be timely and put the pets’ needs first, knowing they are waiting for you to come take care of them! We do not tolerate tardiness when it comes to a pet’s care.
PHYSICALLY CAPABLE – Dog walking is a wonderful job but it is very physical! You must be able and willing to walk for at least four hours a day, up to nine if full-time. All dogs are also different and some are “harder” than others to walk. You do have to have some physical strength and we will provide you with the knowledge on how best to handle all kinds of dogs.
ABILITY TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS – Understanding and implementing instructions accurately can mean literally life or death for some animals. You must be able to follow instructions and also communicate what instructions you have followed clearly and concisely.
Who is Hyde Bark?
THE OWNERS – Hyde Bark was started by LeAnna in 2015 after having been a professional dog walker for well over a decade including for an awesome company on the north side called Chicago Dog Walkers. Within just a few months, her husband Brandon quit his job to help her running the business. We truly care about others and strive to show appreciation to our employees just as much as we do the clients. We believe our service is only as good as the people that work for us!
OUR WALKERS – Many of our walkers have been with us for years, some since the beginning of Hyde Bark! We are proud to have very little turnover. We do expect top performance and we want people that LOVE their job, not people that will just “get the job done”. We are constantly growing and thus constantly in need of more amazing walkers!
OUR GOAL – We believe happy clients and happy walkers are two sides of the same coin that is Pet Happiness. The well-being of the pets in our care is our #1 priority, hands down. If you love your job and love the pets, the clients will see that! Our job as the owners of Hyde Bark is to carefully vet our employees and make sure you have everything you need to succeed on the job and be happy. We want people to be able to make a living caring for animals and we will give you the means to do so if you are willing to work hard!
Positions Currently Available:
PT – 5 days a week Monday through Friday 20-25hrs week between roughly 10am and 3pm + one weekend/month
PT – 5 days a week Sunday through Friday 15-20/hrs week between 4pm and 9pm + one weekend/month
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