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Introducing: Dogtasker?

By Nick

At Airtasker, we’re always looking for innovative ways for people to get their everyday tasks done. We saw a huge opportunity "Introducing: Dogtasker?"

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At Airtasker, we’re always looking for innovative ways for people to get their everyday tasks done. We saw a huge opportunity to utilise an untapped labour market that makes getting tasks done easier, and more accessible. That’s why we’re enabling dogs to help their neighbours like never before.

In Australia, dogs are the most common pet with 39% of households owning a dog. There are estimated to be 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia; that’s 19 dogs for every 100 people.

The Animal Health Alliance estimates Australians spend $8bn on pets annually. However, here at Airtasker we estimate that the average dog spends 14 hours a day lying down or sleeping.

Isn’t it time you asked yourself, not “what can I do for my dog”, but “what can my dog do for me”?

And then, there was Dogtasker.

We’ve got something BIG to share with you…

Posted by Airtasker on Thursday, March 31, 2016

There’s a huge underutilisation of dog labour in Australia, some of the highest in the world.

We estimate over 40 million dog hours per day could be spent performing useful tasks.

You could earn over $500 a week by getting your dog to perform tasks. You could turn man’s best friend, into your bank account’s best friend!

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Things you can get done with Dogtasker:

  • Food Delivery
  • Cleaning
  • Furniture Assembly
  • Gardening
  • Dog Walking
  • Web Design

 

handyman

 

dogwalking

 

webdesign

 

 

Hire a Dogtasker

 

Ok, now let’s be serious for a minute, dogs are great companions and can seriously perform tasks for people who are disabled. We’d like to place a spotlight on the fantastic dogs who work tirelessly to enhance the independence and safe mobility of disabled people.

Assistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities, providing them with greater freedom and independence.

In 2016 the charity celebrates its 20th birthday, having placed over 200 Assistance Dogs across Australia. Dogs are placed free of charge to a wide range of clients, including families with autism, people living with post-traumatic stress, schools, people with dementia and people with physical disabilities. It costs, in excess of, $27,000 to train and place a dog, and Assistance Dogs Australia receives no government funding.

Airtasker will be making a $1 donation for every task that gets completed today. But we urge all of you to please make the time to place a donation to go towards this amazing cause using the donate button below.

Donate Now

For more info, visit assistancedogs.org.au or call 1800 688 364.

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Please note: No dogs were harmed in the making of this video – all of the beautiful dogs were with their training handlers throughout the entire duration

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Comments

  1. Anonymous

    April fool to you too!

  2. Loraine

    Is it not April 1st ….??

  3. Hilarious XXXX Happy April Fools!!

  4. Anonymous

    Thought this was a late entry to April a Fools Day. Glad to read I was wrong… But it look quite a few scroll down pages on phone to get to the important part of the message -about Assustance Dogs and the donation to charity

  5. So obvious … April 1st. .. try harder next year.

  6. Barnabas

    Hey How do i get involved in Dog tasker, I would love to walk other people’s dogs for money

  7. Bec

    I don’t understand this at all.
    Is it a new app? Is it dog-related tasks that you can request or offer?

  8. Very witty and well done. I was so excited as I thought it was another great idea where I could do tasks for people with dogs and earn some income.
    Seriously why doesn’t Airtasker branch into dogs? I think this would be very popular.
    I would do it for one. I know people could post of task to help with their dogs in Airtasker but I think it would be a great idea to have a site dedicated to helping with pets perhaps calling it Pettasker.

  9. Well played Airtasker, well played.

  10. Ash

    This is the one of the not-so-funny April fools joked I have seen today… Don’t get me wrong, I love a good laugh but when the jokes are clever and witty.. This sound like something my 5 year old nephew came up with.

  11. Anon

    THIS MADE ME SO EXCITED !!! 🙁 Thanks AT! good one

  12. Nikkie

    Assistance dogs are great, but I have assistance ferrets, smaller, compact, extremely trainable and very loving. I’ve been taking my ferrets into pre-schools, nursing homes and even hospitals for the last 8 years.
    Van Deman Ferrets Tasmania

  13. RACHAEL

    I have used dogtasker and they got the job done straight away!

  14. Anonymous

    Great initiative