How to Find a Good Dog Walker
Hiring a dog walker is a good way to give your dog the exercise he needs while you’re busy at work. Here’s some tips on how to find a good one.
If you’re like most people, you lead a busy life. Pet owners are no exception. As much as we love our pets and try to do what’s best for them, we don’t always have the time to give our dogs the exercise they need.
If this is the case, you may want to consider hiring a dog walker. A dog walker will come to your home while you’re at work and take your dog out for a walk and much needed exercise. But how do you find the right dog walker for the job?
Ask for a referral
The best way to find a dog walker is to ask around. If you live in an urban area, chances are many of your neighbours are using a dog walker. Ask them if they are happy with their dog walker and what type of services they get for their money. Just as important, ask your neighbours if they’ve had any bad experiences with any dog walkers in your area. This will whittle down your list of prospects and save you immense time and money.
Most dog walkers these days operate their own websites. A quick online search will bring up walkers in your area. This is an easy way to compare services and prices in your neighbourhood.
What to look for
Once you have a list of prospects, be sure to meet each one and ask for references. Have each dog walker come to your home to meet your dog and observe how they interact together. If possible, ask to go on one of the dog walker’s group walks. Observe how they handle a pack of dogs and whether you think your dog will fit in with the group.
Other key questions to ask:
- How long has he been in business?
- What type of experience does he have with handling dogs?
- What methods of discipline does he use?
- Is he trained in pet first aid?
- Does he take the dogs to dog parks?
- If so, how does he transport the dogs?
- Does she interact and play with the dogs, or just let them run free at the park?
- Are the dogs walked for a full hour or does the hour include pick-up and drop-off time?
- How many dogs does she walk at once and does she have a dog walker’s licence?
- Is she bonded and insured?
Ultimately you need to feel comfortable with your choice. The dog walker will be entering your home when you’re not there and will be spending quality time with one of your most beloved family members. If something doesn’t seem right, listen to your gut. But when you find the right dog walker, he or she will be worth every cent you pay for the peace of mind you’ll have while at work all day.