Inspiring kids to be entrepreneurial.

The Dog Whisperer!

June 9th, 2012

Our kids are becoming Enterprising Children!

In this post we revisit Kit and his enterprising Dog Walking business. He was now ready implement his carefully thought out plan.

It was the school holidays and we were all staying with Kit’s Gran and Grandad in Geraldton.

His first client was a family friend, Pam, who owned a small scruffy dog called Elly. Pam had been prepped with a phone call that Kit would be arriving with his Grandad to ask if she would be interested in hiring his services. She was delighted to support Kit with his new enterprise and awaited their arrival.

Kit with Pam's dog, Elly.

Kit preparing for his walk with Elly.
















Kit explained to Pam what his business entailed and the benefits that she and her dog would get if she hired his services. Pam agreed that his service looked to be very good and then she asked what his rate was. Kit said five dollars. Pam negotiated with him and they agreed on four dollars for the half hour walk.

A beautiful afternoon for a walk.

All dogs need a pit stop











Kit was pleased, but not sure how he was going to handle Pam’s little energetic dog. Grandad was an excellent coach and helped him with attaching the lead, offering the dog a treat and instructed on giving commands to the dog.

The walk went very well with no dramas and Kit arrived back at his Gran and Grandad’s house after returning Pam’s dog very keen to tell his family all about his business.

Ending the walk.

Kit being paid for a job well done.

















Kit continued his dog walking enterprise for the next two days whilst we were on holidays in Geraldton. He managed to make twelve dollars! Kit is now on his way to attaining his goal.

We, as parents, felt that more important than attaining his goal was the fact that Kit got “started” on his idea. What holds many people back from achieving their dreams is the inability to actually start! And of course, there will always be a myriad of reasons why not to – the time isn’t right, there isn’t enough money, there isn’t enough time, my family won’t approve, not ALL conditions are right yet…..the list goes on. These are the BUTS that stop people attaining their goals all the time, so it was refreshing to see one so young as Kit just “do it!”

Our enterprising children are now all busy with their individual kid’s enterprises. It will be time to check in with Jai and see whether his enterprise plan eventuated.

Until then……….



  • Nigel says on: July 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm


    Dear Kit
    What a clever idea. I wish I had thought of that when I was your age. If I had I wonder what I would be doing 50years later.
    A tip-try and save 33% of everything you earn. An
    A question; have you thought of expanding by offering to walk other types of pets? Georgie looked after and took for a walk a baby lamb

    • Cathy and Trevor says on: July 13, 2012 at 4:20 am


      Hey Nigel,
      what great suggestions!
      Yes, part of their learning is to save some of the money and another part is to donate to good causes…but that will be discussed in later blogs.
      Wonder what pets Kit could find around here – i know of someone who has a pet python!!
      Cath and Trev (and Kit)

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