Are you looking to hire a dog walking service? If so, check out this guide to learn how to find the best one.
When you gotta go, you gotta go. And if Fido needs to go while you’re not home, you’ll pay for it in carpeting.
Dogs are arguably the best pets in the world. That said, they can also be a bit high maintenance, and that can clash with our increasingly busy schedules.
Fortunately, if you’re stuck at the office, there are plenty of services out there that would be more than happy to take on the job of pooper-scooper for you.
Thinking about hiring a dog walker, but want to make sure your money’s worth? We’re here to help!
Here are a few tips to help you find the best dog walking service for you and your canine companions.
Analyze Your Needs
First things first, before you start calling around, you should figure out what kind of service you and your pooch want. After all, the needs of one big white fluffy dog are a bit different than those of a pack of tiny hairless chihuahuas.
Will you require a dog walker every day? What time of day do you want your dog walked? Does your canine companion have any special needs your walker will need to know about and be able to handle?
Once you know what you’re looking for, then you can move on to looking at dog walkers who suit your needs.
Ask for Recommendations
While online reviews of dog walking services can give you a good starting point, they aren’t always the most reliable sources. But, your vet is.
Odds are, you aren’t the only person in the world who cares about your pooch. It takes a veritable village to keep our furry friends happy and healthy.
So, you have a built-in network of fellow dog lovers who may be able to direct you toward the perfect dog walker.
Ask your vet, your trainer, and the employees at your favorite pet store if they have any recommendations. Chances are they do!
Do an Interview
Once you’ve compiled a list of potential new dog walkers, it’s time to but on your HR hat. After all, you’re hiring an employee, so why treat it like anything else?
Aside from questions about the service’s fees and experience, be sure to ask about where they plan to walk your dog or if they’ll walk them alone or in a group.
You should also ask them if they’ll be able to service any special needs your dog might have.
Before you complete your interview, take the time to ask them for a few references you can consult before making a final decision.
Take a Test Walk
Finally, before you take that final leap, ask any services you’re considering if it would be possible to accompany them on a test walk with your dog.
Going for a test walk will give you a chance to get familiar with your walker’s process, and see first hand how your dog reacts to them.
After all, our canine companions can be excellent judges in character. If your dog doesn’t like your new walker, it’s a good sign they won’t work out.
Hiring a Dog Walking Service
Our dogs are pretty much a part of our families. So, it makes sense that we want to do everything we can to make sure they’re happy and healthy.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to find the perfect dog walking service for you and your four-legged friend.
Are you looking for a dog walker or pet sitter you can trust? We’ve got you covered!
Contact us for more information about our available services or to get schedule a dog walker today!