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6 Things to consider while searching for a dog walker

Dogs are playful creatures. These active animals need to be outdoors to exercise and relieve themselves. Dog walking is a bonding experience where relationships grow. It is a bittersweet perk that comes with having this animal as a companion. Dog walking can be on a fixed schedule or spontaneous; either way, be ready with a bag and a ball when stepping outside for a walk, one of them will come in handy.

Dog walkers are necessary dog service providers. In most cases, people are busy during the day, most have 9-5 jobs that require their full attention, and stepping outside the office for a quick walk is not an option. Dog walkers solve a problem faced by pet companions regularly, by providing a reliable trustworthy companion.

Here is a Reapet guide on choosing a nearby dog walker

1. Understand the dog needs

Dogs’ needs vary according to age and bread. Puppies are guaranteed to be active, while older dogs can go the distance and are not going to be distracted with every stray cat or wild squirrel.

Similarly, every dog breed has its unique needs from their walker. For example, Chihuahuas need a fast walker, while huskies and german shepherds need a walker who is comfortable picking up big poops. Furthermore, shy dogs prefer a solo walk, while social dogs are happy in a group walk. Understanding the dog’s needs will help in choosing the right dog walker to help when needed.

2. Set a budget

It is a healthy practice to set a budget before any new hire. When setting a budget for dog walking, it is vital to understand the type and value of the service provided and the on-going price for such services in the pet’s location.

A small budget can buy a limited walk. The dog will have a person check on them, they will get a treat, and the walker will make sure they have enough water. Follow a short walk where the dog sniffs, and relieve themselves. The dog will return to the residence, and the walker leaves, after giving a farewell treat.

If the dog needs a particular medicine administration, there could be an extra charge. A large budget will guarantee a more extensive range of services, from home pick up, day classes, training sessions, and a couple of selfies maybe.

3. Check references and recommendations

It is essential to check on the walker before the first walk. Make sure to review the walker’s profile and read their reviews. Previous customer experiences help anticipate the quality to expect.

4. Know the dog walker qualifications

Generally speaking, a qualified dog walker can identify a dog bread, familiar with body language, and character tendencies, they also understand what kind of walk the dog prefers. Furthermore, and in cases where administrating dog medication is needed, a certified dog walker is always a plus.

5. Interview the candidates

It is crucial to interview the dog walker beforehand. Meet the person and introduce them to the dog before the first walk. Make sure both the dog and the walker are comfortable with each other in this initiation step; this will ensure a good quality of walks to follow.

These are example questions to ask on a dog walker interview:

  • How long have you been working as a dog walker?
  • Why did you choose to become a dog walker?
  • If you are unable to show up for a dog walk, is there someone to cover?
  • Are you a licensed dog walker?
  • Do you check for fleas and ticks after dog walks?
  • Can you administer medication to dogs?
  • Do you attend to other dogs in the neighborhood?
  • Can you administer dog first aid?

These questions will lead to others, and open up a conversation to get to know the dog walker of choice, keep it fun and organic.

6. Take a broader approach on how the dog walks go

There are a variety of walks. Some one-on-one others are in a group. Some walks are for the dogs to relieve themselves; other dog walks are towards an off-leash park where the dog can meet other dog friends, socialize, and play free. Get to know how the dog walker directs the walk. What activities should the dog expect, and when will the dog be brought back home. Then present additional guidelines clearly for the walk, if any, and make sure the walker understands the dog’s individual needs.

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