Walking The Dog

This article was specifically written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Cristi Casella

 

What You Should Look for When Picking a Dog Walker


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If you’re a busy parent, have a hectic work schedule, or other people in your household either don’t have the time or are too neglectful to handle daily walks with your dog, then it could be time to start looking for a dog walking service. But not all dog walkers are equal, and you can’t trust just anybody with your pooch. They’ll actually need to have a personal relationship with your dog, so you have to make sure that both of you have the same approach to make sure that your dog doesn’t get stressed. In this article, we’re going to give you a few things you should consider when picking a dog walking service.

Ask for Recommendations

The first thing you could do is ask around for recommendations. If you have friends with dogs who use dog walkers, then you could ask them if they have anybody they can recommend. But you should also make sure that they have dogs with a similar temperament to yours, or the dog walker might not be that great of a match for your dog. If you’re going to go with a random service in your area, then look at their reviews and check what other people had to say about them online.

If you’re living in a city like Atlanta, you could also use a dog walking Atlanta service like Wag! for instance. They have a team of certified dog walkers who are all insured and bonded, which is not always the case with independent dog walkers. Dog walking services like these also allow you to go with your favorite dog walker and it gives you access to a wide network of reputable dog walkers with experience. This company is available in a range of areas across the US, so you may want to visit their website and see if you could benefit from their service.

Make Sure You Have the Logistics Down

It’s essential that you know exactly what will be going on while your dog is out with their walker. You should ask the walker exactly where they’ll be taking your dog. If your dog is socialized, ask them if they know how to introduce them to a new pack, for instance. Also, ask them the exact duration of walks. And make sure that you know exactly who will be walking the dog since many companies will have different employees and might delegate to someone else.

Go for a Test Walk

No matter how nice or qualified the dog walker may seem, you’ll never truly know how they behave until you’ve seen them in action. Ask if you can go on a walk with them to see how they interact with your dog and others. You might be able to see right then and there that they are not a good match for your dog. For instance, if your dog is slower or older and the walker insists on going at a faster pace, then this could be a sign that they might not the best choice for you.

Conclusion

Finding the right dog walker for your dog is essential for their well-being. Make sure that you follow the few tips in this article if you want to find the best dog walker for your pet.