Whether you work a lot or going on a trip, finding a walker for your dog is a major decision. Here are some tips to help you pick the best dog walker for your needs.
Things To Consider
How Often Will You Need Your Dog Walked?
Some folks will want their dog walked on a daily basis, others will only need them walked during the workweek, and others still my just want someone to walk their dog during the weekend.
Local Services or Independent Contractors?
There are dog walking franchises located throughout the US that might be worth moving forward with, though independent contractors and freelance dog walkers may be an attractive option for you, too.
How Long/Much Walking Will Be Involved?
Young, active dogs should probably be walked quite a bit longer and more vigorously than older, not as active dogs that might not be able to handle that extra stress.
Picking The Right Dog Walker Type
Professional Dog Walkers
Not every area is going to have professional dog walkers available, but most midsize to large cities and urban areas will. These professional dog walkers handle dozens of animals throughout the week, usually have dedicated dog walking routes, and almost always come with impeccable references you can confirm independently.
Local dog trainers almost always offer local dog walking services you can trust and rely on, with the added benefit of them having a background in training dogs as well. It’s not uncommon to find package deals from dog trainers that will teach your pet obedience while going on regular walks.
Dog grooming services frequently offer dog walking services as well. You’ll know that the people providing these services are good with all kinds of breeds, good with dogs, and will take this task seriously.
Features To Consider
Always Ask About Experience And Training
Anytime you trust your furry little family member to a stranger you want to know that they are in the best of hands. Before hiring a dog walker be sure to ask about experience and training they may have, as well as any references they can provide. With any big decision like this you’ll want to actually look up those references and confirm them independently just to give yourself the peace of mind that you have made the right decision going forward.
Ask Your Vet For Referrals
Your veterinarian is going to be a great resource to lean on when you want to get recommendations and referrals for dog walking services. Not only will they have a good idea about the health, wellness, and overall activity levels best for your pet through the relationship you have with them but they also have connections in the community to find the best dog walkers available as well.
Does Your Dog Get Along With Others?
You’ll want to make sure that you let your dog walker know about your animal’s temperament. The last thing you want is for your pet to get into a dogfight with other dogs that are being walked with them, either getting injured or injuring someone else’s pet.