• Tina Minden

The Importance of Hiring A Licensed & Insured Dog Walker

Updated: Feb 12, 2019

You may ask yourself when looking for a dog walker “What does it mean to be licensed, bonded and insured? Why is that important? I can just have a neighbor or the kid down the street walk my dog.

Don’t make this mistake! Having a friend or neighbor, or kid down the street may be the least expensive way to go, but you will be putting inexperienced, uninsured and un bonded people in charge of your home and your precious pet. Usually your friends or the neighbors kid does not carry any kind of liability insurance. Not to mention most people that do this work on the side are not experienced in dealing with pet or home related emergencies that can come up. They also are not familiar with a pets special or medical needs. They usually don't have much experience in pet care either.

When a dog walking professional is licensed , insured and bonded, this means that it is a legitimate company licensed in the state it is doing business in. They do this for a living, this is their primary job. They take their job very seriously. So the care of your pet is their primary concern. This is their career! They walk dogs everyday, they know their behavior patterns, they know what to look for if the pet is not feeling well or any behavior changes. They can administer medication if they need to. They know how to enter and exit your home in a safe manor. They know how to deal with home emergencies that may arise when you are not there.

Being insured as a professional dog walker, means if anything occurs while the dog walker is on your premises, their insurance would cover the cost . It provides coverage for the clients pets and personal property while in the dog walkers care. Veterinary medical expenses are also covered in an emergency situation regardless of the negligence/fault for accidents or injuries to pets.

For example, What if your dog is hurt while on a walk, or attacked by another dog, or the dog steps on something that could hurt them? How about if a jogger is running by and not paying attention and your dog bites them when they run by? This can all incur great expense to the owner.

When the company is insured, the insurance covers the cost for accidents like these.

Another example would be a dog walker's car is broken into while on the job and their keys are stolen, insurance would cover the cost of changing the locks and issuing new keys at the effected clients homes. These may all sound like crazy far fetched accidents, but anything can happen at any time, even in the care of the most trained professional. If you were dealing with a non professional, non insured walker, the chances of these things happening are greater and all of this would come out of your pocket.

Bonding is important when you are dealing with a dog walking company that has employees. It protects you from damage or acts of theft in your home on the part of your service provider’s employees or contractors. Bonding insures that the job the sitter has been hired to do is performed and that the customer is protected against losses from theft or damage done by the a company’s employees or contractors.

For example if the walker accidentally knocks an expensive vase over while in your home, bonding would cover the cost of this loss. If a professional dog walking company does not have employees or contractors then bonding is not needed.

Hiring an experienced dog walker that is licensed, insured and bonded lessens the chances of anything happening to your pet or anything in your home. It also ensures that if by chance something does happen, you are covered by the walkers insurance. If your pet is as important to you as mine are to me, you want only the best for them. Also realizing accidents can and do happen even in the best of care, so you want to make sure you are hiring someone that is covered!

I hope you find this information helpful! Much of the helpful tips can be found at https://www.petsit.com/owners . You can also find a helpful referral service there by just popping in your zip code!

If you have any questions, or would like to inquire about our dog walking service please don’t hesitate to call me at 301 798 7999, or email tina@mddogwalking.com. Be sure to visit our website for information on our service areas and rates! https://www.mddogwalking.com/services. You can also find us and follow us on Instagram @tinapaws53 . If you are on Facebook be sure to like our page! https://www.facebook.com/tinapaws/.

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