William Kimani: Story of Man Earning Ksh 470K Per Month From Dogs

A collage of dog trainer William Kimani at work
A collage of dog trainer William Kimani at work
George Watson

William Kimani a dog trainer piqued the curiosity of Kenyans after revealing he earns approximately Ksh470,000 a month from his dog business.

In a viral video, Kimani revealed that he earns Ksh10,000 from each dog and has about 47 clients. His remarks were well received by a section of Kenyans who lauded his entrepreneurship skills and adversity during such economic times.

Others were concerned that the trainer would now be targeted by the taxman as the government aims to collect more from Kenyans. 

On a positive note, Kenyans reiterated that in tough economic times, it was wise to venture into unconventional means of earning a living instead of complaining to the government.

A photo of roadside traders in Eastleigh, Nairobi County.
A photo of roadside traders in Eastleigh, Nairobi County.
Jeff Angote

Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke on Saturday, Kimani revealed that his love for training dogs was inspired by his father who took care of animals during his free time at their home in Kiambu County.

Kimani narrated that he sought to pursue a career in the field after completing his high school education. 

However, his dream did not immediately come true, as his relatives urged him to pursue a career in electronics which he obliged. Kimani took a three-year course and graduated with impressive grades.

"I worked in the field for about a year but I was not satisfied as it was boring so I decided to go back to school and pursue my veterinary dreams," he recalled.

Kimani used the funds he had saved from his old job and joined campus to pursue his dream. He took one and a half years at the institution and substituted with learning on the field from veterinarians in the area.

Initially, Kimani started rearing cows, dogs, and other animals at his farm in Kiambu County before he decided to specialize only in dog training.

He trained dogs part-time before he fully delved into the career. Kimani has been in the business for at least two years now and earns an average of Ksh10,000 per dog, a revelation that shocked Kenyans.

"The price varies, you know we're all going through some tough times as a country. So I have to be flexible with my prices. I can't be rigid and say I charge Ksh10,000 or Ksh20,000," he remarked. 

He revealed that training depends on the client adding that his clients are not only in Kiambu but all over.

Kimani advised the youth to accept to learn from experts in their fields of interest to gain more skills. He also urged Kenyans to play their part in building the economy and avoid emulating politicians.

The dog trainer further emphasized the importance of following one's passion and desire and having support from family and friends.

"If my family allowed me to pursue my interests earlier I would be further along in line. However, I don't regret it I have the skills that I can use any day," he told Kenyans.co.ke.

Graduands at a graduation ceremony at an institution in Kenya
University of Nairobi students at a graduation ceremony in December 2019.