If your dog is at home most days for 10 plus hours, it may be time to hire a dog walker. Yes, most dogs can hold it but that results in a very uncomfortable day for your dog.
Since this may be new to you, you may be a little worried. How do you find a person who will love and care for your dog like you? Will the person you hire be reliable? How do you know they won’t snoop through your house or worse steal something?
Hiring a dog walker, what you need to know!
Hire a professional dog walker.
Pet sitters and dog walkers are popping up all over the place. Sites like Rover and DogVacay promote dog walking and pet sitting as an easy way to make big money. You will find pages of listings for pet care services on sites such as Rover, DogVacay, Care, and Craigslist. Anyone can sign up on these sites regardless of their qualifications.
When you hire a professional dog walker, you can be confident knowing the person caring for and walking your dog has the training and skills necessary to keep your pet safe. As professional dog walkers, we have encountered some very unpleasant experiences; dogs trying to grab chicken bones tossed on the sidewalk, reactive dogs, and strong pullers. The scariest encounters, however, are the loose, charging dogs. Hiring a person who doesn’t know what to do in these types of situations consequently can result in injury or death to your dog.
Because your pet, home, and privacy are important to you, careful consideration should be given to those you allow to have access to your home and pet. Not only do you want the best for your pet’s care, you also want someone reliable and trustworthy. Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations. They will only want to refer someone they have used and trust.
Take time to research dog walking and pet sitting services in your area.
To help find the right fit for you and your pet, here are some questions to ask.
- Are you bonded and insured?
- How long have you been in business?
- Who will be walking my dog?
- How do you keep my house keys secure?
- What happens if my dog walker is sick, injured, has an emergency and can’t get to my dog?
Most importantly when hiring a dog walker, meet them. How are they with your dog? Is your dog comfortable with the dog walker? Are you comfortable with the dog walker?
There are many benefits to hiring a dog walker but the most important is the health and happiness of your dog.