• Tina Minden

How to choose a dog walker

Updated: Mar 20, 2019

Your dog needs daily exercise in order to stay physically and mentally fit. If your schedule doesn’t allow you the time to do this during the day you may need to hire a dog walker.

In this day and age this isn’t a decision to make lightly! Who you choose makes a big difference. Many people can advertise themselves as dog walkers, but that doesn’t mean they even have experience handling dogs or cats. It is necessary to make sure the person you hire is a good fit for your furry loved one, as well as experienced and insured.

Here are some steps to help you in this process:

Ask for recommendations- Neighbors, friends or even your vet can have reputable referrals for you for a dog walker .

Be sure to set up a consultation or meet and greet with the person

This will allow you to ask pertinent questions and view how he/she interacts with your precious pet. You want to hire someone who genuinely loves and cares for dogs . The person should be experienced with walking a dog, should be experienced with various breeds and sizes, and should have experience feeding and caring for a dog. Go on a test walk and watch how they interact with your dog.

If your dog is a senior dog, you definitely want to hire someone that has experience handling and paying close attention to a senior dog and able to be patient and give more TLC on their walks.

Ask important questions at the consultation:

Important questions for dog walkers:

*Are you or your company licensed, bonded and insured?

*How long have you been walking dogs?

*What are your training techniques ( you want to make sure they are comfortable carrying on your training during the walk)

*Where do you walk my dog?

* What do you do when you see another dog approach?

*Do you group walk?

*Does the same person walk my dog? ( you really dont want different people coming in and out of your home, not to mention how confusing it is for your pet. )

*What kind of communication do you offer after the visit? ( many companies offer a GPS service, where you get a note immediately texted or emailed to you after the visit, even showing you the route they took)

Don’t give up if your first interview doesn’t pan out! Keep up your search until you find the right fit for you and your dog. Keep in mind many local neighbors may offer dog walking and may be very inexpensive, but they will not be insured, and many wont even have enough experience. This is your precious furry family member, so the most important thing is to find the right fit for you and your dog, that is qualified and insured!

If you have any questions about this process, please don’t hesitate to call us or email us, we are happy to answer any questions whether or not you choose us for your dog walking needs! 301 798 7999 or tina@mddogwalking.com

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