April is Active Dog Month
The month of April is Active Dog Month. This month-long…
We all want to do right by our dogs and sometimes that means outsourcing some of their care when we can’t be there ourselves.
If you’re a working pet parent and can’t (or don’t want to) use your lunch break every day to take your pup out to stretch his legs, you may be in the market for a dog walker.
The prospect of hiring a dog walker can be a daunting one. After all, what are the chances you are going to find someone who you trust with the keys to your house and who will love and protect your dog as if he was their own? In this article, we’re going to break down some of the top considerations you need to make in order to find the right pet care professional for your dog.
Most dog walkers work within a certain geographic area in which they’re willing to travel, but it’s still worth considering how far they are from you and your dog. If you find yourself in a pinch and need someone who can rush over and pick up your pup, a dog walker who lives nearby will be much more convenient than one who is a half hour away.
Since you’re likely to be giving the dog walker a key to your house, it’s essential to check that they have references who can verify that they are trustworthy. Newer dog walkers may not have former clients to offer references, but they should be able to come up with a couple of character references for you to contact. If the dog walker cannot provide references it’s a potential red flag.
Ideally, before you commit to hiring a dog walker you’ll be able to have them over to meet your dog. This will give you the opportunity to see if you are comfortable with how the dog walker interacts with your dog. You’ll also be able to gauge how your dog feels about the dog walker.
This step is especially important if your dog has any unusual personality traits, fears, or behavioral issues, such as aggression toward other dogs. It’s important for you to see that the dog walker will be able to manage your dog if he becomes triggered. Make sure you’re as thorough as possible as you share details about your dog’s behavior. This will help the dog walker feel prepared for any situation that may arise.
It isn’t necessarily a deal breaker if your dog walker doesn’t have experience with your dog’s particular breed, but it can be a major plus. This is especially true if your dog’s breed is known for particular health complications or personality traits. A dog walker’s in-depth knowledge of the breed could help them spot and resolve problems ahead of a pet care professional who is only mildly familiar with the breed.
A final question you’ll want to ask your prospective dog walker is whether or not they offer additional services. Some dog walkers also provide pet taxi services and will dog sit for you when you go out of town. There’s no question that it’s more convenient to use the same pet care professional for multiple services, but it’s also more comfortable for your dog.
If your dog walker is the main secondary care provider for your dog there’s no doubt that they’ll develop a strong bond. This means your dog will feel safe and confident with his dog walker, and you’ll feel confident that he’s with someone who knows him well.
The last thing we ever want to think about is our dog getting sick or injured, but it’s also wise to plan ahead. If your dog is going to be spending any amount of time in the care of someone other than yourself, it’s important that he’s protected.
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