Whether you work late, travel frequently or just need an extra hand, choosing a dog walker is no easy feat!
Here are just a few questions you should be asking your potential dog walker:
1. Are you licensed, bonded and insured?
Being licensed, bonded and insured is important for your peace of mind. You want to be sure that the person or company that you are hiring is a legitimate business and isn’t someone who is doing this type of work just for fun. Although not many dog walkers carry bonding, an insurance that will cover items that are either stolen or damaged due to negligence, it may be something to keep in mind when searching for a dog walker. As for your dog walker carrying insurance this is also something to keep in mind as it will come in handy in the event that your pet is injured while under the care of your dog walker.
2. Do you have any references/experience?
Don’t be afraid to ask your potential dog walker if they have any references. And just as much as asking if they have any references don’t be afraid to call them! The last thing you want is to entrust your dog with someone who has little to no experience who winds up getting your dog hurt or worse.
3. How many dogs do you walk at one time?
A dog walker may offer private walks where your dog is walked alone or they may offer pack walks where your dog is walked with more than 1 dog, usually in larger groups. Be sure to specify what type of walk you’d like “fluffy” to have as well as the duration of the walk.
4. Where do you walk dogs?
Some dog walkers like to walk their dogs around the neighborhood while others find it easier to take them to the dog park. It is up to you where you would like your dog walked so be sure to specify. Some dogs may not do well with other dogs and might be aggressive if taken to a dog park with multiple dogs running around.
5. What methods of training do you use?
Some dog walkers like to use positive reinforcement or obedience training when walking dogs. Which ever training method it is that they use be sure that it is consistent and above all humane.
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