Is your dog left at home for long periods of time because you work long hours, you have a long commute, or because you are often asked to stay late? Or maybe you would like to stay at work later to work on that well-deserved promotion. No matter your reason you have decided you need to hire a dog walker to come in and give your dog a much-needed potty and some exercise break during the time you are at work. But how do you go about choosing a Dog Walker that is right for you? Here are 5 things to consider.
1. Are they a professional Dog Walker?
A lot of people offer to walk dogs to earn some extra cash, but are they true professionals? Do they have the availability you will need? What happens if they are unable to fulfill their commitment to walk your dog? Do they have an emergency plan in place?
Another thing to consider when choosing a dog walker is do they know how to handle emergency situations when walking your dog? Do they know what to do if they encounter an off-leash dog? Do they know how to keep your dog safe during hot summer walks? Will they be able to manage if your dog should become ill? Have they had any formal pet first aid/CPR instruction?
A lot of people love dogs, but not everyone can be a dependable, skilled Dog Walker.
2. Are They Online?
There are so many ways to check out a company. Read reviews from some of their clients via review sites, such as Angie’s List.
Do they have a professional presence on social media? What kind of information are they writing about and sharing?
Visit the website of the company you are considering. Do they make contacting them easy?
3. Ask Your Friends and Family Who Their Dog Walker Is.
You most likely know someone who has a dog. Who do they use to walk their dog? If they love their Dog Walker they will be happy to share their experiences.
This is also a great way to find out what dog walking services their dog walker offers and why they chose to use that company.
If your friends
4. Can You Call and Talk to Someone?
What better way to start learning about a business than picking up the phone and talking to someone. It will give you a chance to not only learn about the people working for the company but also learn about what services they offer.
The initial contact with a company will give you a good indication of what you can expect in the future.
5. What Types of Walks Do They Offer?
Dog Walkers may offer group walks as well as private walks. While it is lovely to think of your dog out with a group of his or her friends on a group walk, it may not be a situation your dog is comfortable being in. If your dog is not the social type, walking with a group of dogs may not be fun for them. You should consider your dog’s comfort level around other dogs.
Private walks give your dog more one-on-one attention. If your dog is not the social type, private walks may better suit them. On a private walk, your dog will be able to go at his or her pace, taking time to take in the scents along the way. Getting a chance to sniff is very important to your dog’s health and well-being.
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