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Nine to Fido: 10 Careers Working With Dogs

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Come tomorrow morning there will be little escape from the fact that the Christmas holidays are officially O.V.E.R!

This time last year I was balking at the prospect of returning to work. I’d fallen out of love with my job and ultimately my career, was desperate for change and longed to spend more time on Barkarama and with Basil. Fast forward to the second half of the year, I finally made the leap, got busy creating Barkarama 2.0, enjoyed more hours with B-Boy and signed up as an Independent Stylist for jewellery brand Stella & Dot. Money has been tight but I don’t regret my decision for a second and thankfully I have a very supportive boyfriend. Enjoyment aside, it’s been a great opportunity to re-evaluate my professional path and give me the head-space I so needed.

Perhaps, like me, the Christmas break has left you questioning your current career too? Maybe it’s always been your dream to work with dogs? It’s never too late to make a change so here are ten careers working with dogs to help inspire you to switch from the Nine to Five to the Nine to Fido …

1. DOG WALKER. Never be tied to a desk again. Read our interview with real-life dog walker, Tom Senior, founder of City Pups dog walking service in North West London.

2. CANINE MASSAGE THERAPIST. Hands on healing for the hounds. We spoke with Lizzie Harrison of Healing Paws about what it’s like to work as a Canine Remedial Massage Therapist.

3. CANINE REIKI PRACTITIONER. The hands off alternative to canine massage, Reiki 4 Dogs founder Rob Fellows is both a practitioner and teacher. He tells Barkarama about the practice of Reiki for dogs and his Nine to Fido.

4. PET DETECTIVE. Yes really! Read our interview with real-life Pet Detective, Tom Watkins, founder of pet search agency Animal Search UK, who plays a vital role in helping find our lost and stolen dogs.

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5. PET PRODUCT DESIGNER. From petwear, dog beds to dog toys there’s all manner of pet products you could turn your hand to designing. Read our interview with Cosima Pole, founder and designer for online ethical pet store Creatures Clothes.

6. CULINARY CANINE WHIZZ. Be it raw food meals or low fat snacks, there are many individuals who have built successful businesses around dog eats. Marie Sawle, managing director of Billy + Margot, carved her niche by coming up with iced treats for dogs, a nutritious treat, which received the Dragon’s Den seal of approval and investment. Read her Barkarama interview HERE and check out one happy doggy diner below.

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7. DOG GROOMER. Primping and preening will be the order of your dog in this profession. Christine Peters of Oliver’s Dog Grooming Services and Dog Boarding shares her experiences as a dog groomer.

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8. DOG PHOTOGRAPHER. Never work with children or animals they say. We say ‘rubbish’! It's all in a day's work having fun capturing the Chinese Crested duo below on camera for the team at Tllly’s Studio. Read what their founder Gina Jones has to say about working as a dog photographer.

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9. CANINE WELFARE ASSISTANT FOR A DOG CHARITY. Real-life Canine Welfare Trainer Helen Stone tells Barkarama what it’s like to work for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

10. DOG CHARITY MAGAZINE EDITOR. Deana Selby is the Publications Manager for the Dogs Trusts’ supporters’ magazine Wag! Read her interview about working as a dog magazine editor.

Which canine career do you most like the sound of?

Should 2014 be the year to decide that you decide to make the leap into Nine to Fido, we’d love to hear your stories either by commenting below or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Photo-credits: B&W model with dogs via Fashion Edited / Pet Detective via Shutterstock / Pampered Boxer via Jessica Cook on Pinterest

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  • Yes there are real-life Ace Venturas. The work Animal Search UK does is amazing, and agree wholeheartedly on working in the dog industry although today with my naughty Basil trying to distract me from my work is far from a joy! He hee.

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  • I never knew that pet detective was a real thing! Great read. I find the dog industry incredibly rewarding, seeing how close people are with their dogs and the joy they bring each other is something you just don't experience with other careers!

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